Lady GaGa underlines her claim to be the hottest new act of 2009, with Poker Face spending its second week at number one, with sales of a further 57,781 downloads lifting its career tally to 309,344 - enough, a fortnight ahead of physical release, for it to climb into fourth place in the 2009 rankings with its sales trailing only James Morrison & Nelly Furtado's Broken Strings (319,502 sales), The Fear by Lily Allen (360,722) and her own Just Dance (555,720). It helps her debut album, The Fame, to rebound 7-3 with sales of 29,118 copies lifting its 11-week tally to 246,656.
After being overhauled in the midweek sales flashes by the Pet Shop Boys' Yes, Ronan Keating's Songs For My Mother reasserted its authority to secure a second week at the top, on sales of 36,847 copies.
Early expectations that the Pet Shop Boys would secure their second number one album were dashed as sales of Yes, after a bright start, faded throughout the week. The Pet Shop Boys' 10th studio album, Yes has a lot in common with its predecessors. All have made the Top 10, and all have had one word titles. The Pet Shop Boys' 17th charted album (including live sets and compilations) since their 1985 debut Please entered the chart 23 years ago this very week, Yes debuts at number four on sales of 27,639 copies. That tally does not include the 2,557 copies that were sold through iTunes before the album's official release date, where a mix-up saw it available for three days. Yes did not make a premature debut on the chart last week, however, as chart regulation 4.6 states that "sales of digital variants will only be eligible for the chart in the week of the official release date of the corresponding physical variant."
On a brighter note even without those lost sales, Yes - co-produced by the Xenomania team behind recent hits for Alesha Dixon and Girls Aloud - sold more copies on its first week than any Pet Shop Boys album since their sole number one album, Very, in 1993.
Its immediate predecessor Fundamental sold 26,492 copies to debut at number five in 2006, while 2002's Release was a number seven debut on sales of 18,008, 1999's Nightlife was number seven with 17,038 sales, 1996's Bilingual, number four with 23,732 sales and - despite debuting at number two - 1995's Alternative opened with just 16,710 sales.
New hits singles from Lily Allen and Beyonce drive their albums back up the chart.
Lily Allen's It's Not Me, It's You debuted at number one in February but had fallen five weeks in a row. It makes an emphatic return to the Top 10 as new single, Not Fair, gets into its stride. Not Fair jumps 158-16 on sales of 14,328 downloads. It's Not Me, It's You fell 1-2-3-5-10-16 but now bounces to number six on sales of 19,616 copies.
The continuing advance of Halo, up 6-4 (34,046 sales), helps Beyonce's I Am... Sasha Fierce album to simultaneously top the half-million sales mark and eclipse her previous album B'day. Halo is the third Top 10 hit from I Am... Sasha Fierce, which climbs 19-16, with 13,004 sales in the week lifting its career (19-week) tally to 505,410, even though it has never climbed higher than number seven. The original version of B'day reached number three in 2006, and sold 381,592 copies, while a later (2007) two-disc edition of the album got to number eight, and sold a further 120,661 copies.
Though all of these play only supporting roles to the Pet Shop Boys' Yes, there are also debuts on the artist album tally - Norwegian dance duo Royksopp and US rockers, Mastodon, Papa Roach, Pearl Jam, Chris Cornell and The Decemberists.
Royksopp's third album, Junior, debuts at number 21 (10,378 sales), falling short of the peaks of their 2001 debut Melody AM (number nine) and 2005 follow-up The Understanding (number 13). Introductory single, Happy Up Here, climbs 57-44 (5,608 sales).
A slew of positive reviews ensure that Mastodon's performance is the opposite of Royksopp's, with their fourth album, Crack The Skye, giving the progressive rockers their highest chart placing yet, debuting at number 34 on sales of 6,989 copies. 2006 predecessor Blood Mountain got to number 46; 2004's Leviathan beached at number 110; and 2002 debut Remission fell short of the Top 200.
Papa Roach's breakthrough album Infest was released nine years ago, peaking at number nine and selling 367,685 copies. Three subsequent albums sold only a fraction of that tally, with the last - The Paramount Sessions - peaking at number 61, with career sales of only 26,063 units. New set Metamorphosis makes a better debut at number 42 (6,202 sales).
The Decemberists make their first ever Top 75 appearance, debuting at number 50 (5,170 sales), with fifth studio album, The Hazards Of Love.
Rock veteran Chris Cornell - one-time member of Soundgarden, Temple Of The Dog and Audioslave - has released arguably his most accessible album, Scream - a pop/rock hybrid produced by Timbaland - but it fails to match the number 31 debut of his 1999 solo set, Euphoria Morning, or the number 25 peak of 2007 follow-up, Carry On. Arriving at number 70 (3,374 sales), it follows the poor showing of introductory single Part Of Me, which got to number 78 a fortnight ago.
An expanded version of Pearl Jam's 1992 debut album Ten debuts at number 29 on sales of 7,706 copies. The original album peaked at number 18 but has sold more than 500,000 copies in the UK, last appearing in the chart in July 1994.
Normal service is resumed at the top of the compilation chart, where last week's Mother's Day invaders head for lower ground. Dance now dominates, with the top four albums all from the genre, including the new number one, Clubland Classix 2, the 16th number one for the AATW/UMTV partnership.
Clubland Classix 1 topped the chart last April, and has sold 399,930 copies to date. Clubland Classic 2 sold 25,650 copies last week.
Of eight previous singles - all of which were given a physical release - The Noisettes only managed to land two inside the Top 75, with a peak placing of number 63 for 2007's Sister Rosetta. Much favoured by Radio One, where it was aired 19 times last week, new single Don't Upset The Rhythm (Go Baby Go) is a smash - it sold more copies last week (52,992) than all their other singles put together, and is rewarded with a number two debut.
The only other single to debut inside the Top 20 is Steve Angello and Laidback Luke's Show Me Love (number 12, 20,971 sales), featuring a new vocal from Robin S, for whom the song has been a Top 75 entry in various mixes in 1993, 1997, 2002 and as recently as last week, when it popped back onto the chart at number 72.
With the Mother's Day effect working its way out of sales, albums slide 18.5% week-on-week to 1,973,600 - 3.55% below same-week 2008 sales. Singles sales climb 5.6% week-on-week to 2,631,327, 36.80% above same-week 2008 sales.