Westlife return to chart-topping form with the release of their eleventh album ‘Gravity’ debuting at No1 on this week’s Album Chart. Of the previous ten, all made the top spot except for 2004’s ‘Allow Us To Be Frank’ and last year’s ‘Where We Are’ which both stalled at No2.
Take That dip to No2 after just one week at No1 with ‘Progress’, ahead of Rihanna who drops from No2 to No3 with ‘Loud’. In a good week for boy-bands of all ages, JLS have the next new entry at No4 with their second release ‘Outta This World’ – exactly a year after their self-titled debut album landed at No1. The next new entry is at No14 for My Chemical Romance with their fourth studio album ‘Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys’. Their first album ‘I Brought You My Bullets’ has yet to chart in Ireland, the follow up ‘Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge’ reached No36 and their third album ‘The Black Parade’ debuted and peaked at No5 in 2006.
This year’s X-Factor Finalists repeat the achievement of the 2008 and 2009 finalists by debuting at No1 on the Singles Chart with their charity Christmas single. Their version of David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ follows in the footsteps of 2008’s ‘Hero’ and 2009’s ‘You Are Not Alone’ to make it three in a row. Rihanna drops to No2 after three weeks on top with ‘Only Girl (In The World)’, ahead of Take That’s ‘The Flood’ which is a non-mover at No3. The Glee Cast return to the Top 10 with ‘Singing’ In The Rain/Umbrella’ (feat. Gwyneth Paltrow) up from No27 to No10 - their tenth Top 10 single in Ireland from thirty-four Top 30 hits, including another placing for Glee & Gwyneth with ‘Forget You’ at No20 this week.