King of Pop takes top slot for Videos

No place for U2 in Top Ten rankings!

3, Ireland’s fastest growing mobile network, today released details of its customers’ favourite summer music downloads. Unlike the recent listing for the UK download charts, 3’s Irish customer base don’t seem to be as gaga for the American sensation Lady Gaga with the Black Eyed Peas, Michael Jackson and Dizzee Rascal taking the top spots for Top Track, Tone, Video and Artist.

The outrageous American singer who wowed the crowds at Oxygen with her outfits as much as her singing did however make the Top 5 ranking in each category (Track, Tone, Video, Artist) as her smash hits “Paparazzi” and “Poker Face” accounted for an incredible 25% of downloads over the three month period.

Despite yet another wettest summer in recent history combined with the continuing gloom of the recession 3 customers refused to let it get them down and kept upbeat through the “summer” with Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling” as the most downloaded track and Dizzie Rascal‟s “Bonkers” as the top tune.

No summer download chart would be complete without Michael Jackson. The King of Pop’s sudden death in June has sparked a surge in 3 customers demanding a piece of the action from Jacko with Thriller and Smooth Criminal videos at numbers 1 and 2 respectively in the Top 5 video ranking, “Billy Jean” also made the Top Ten ranking at number 9.

The top ten artists this summer mixed pop, rock and rap. 3 customers‟ taste in tunes shows Irish people‟s love of a wide range in music.

Top 5 Artists

1. Black Eyed Peas

2. Michael Jackson

3. Tinchy Stryder

4. Lady Gaga

5. Eminem

Top 5 Tracks

1. Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling

2. Tinchy Stryder – Number 1

3. Eminem – We Made You

4. Lady Gaga – Paparazzi

5. Cascada – Evacuate the Dancfloor

Top 5 Tones

1. Dizzee Rascal – Bonkers

2. Eminem – We Made You

3. Ciara – Love Sex Magic

4. Lady Gaga – Poker Face

5. Lily Allen – The Fear

Top 5 Videos

1. Michael Jackson – Thriller

2. Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal

3. The Pussycat Dolls – Hush Hush

4. JLS – Beat Again

5. Lady Gaga – Poker Face

3 customers can browse preview and buy all their favourite hits online through the “3Music Store”. The “3Music Store” also offers users an integrated online / mobile music system which means that music can be downloaded on PCs at /musicstores as well as mobile.

David Kent, Head of Entertainment at 3 said “3‟s customers love their tunes but even the death of the King of Pop didn’t rock the 3 music charts – the very talented and very controversial Lady Gaga shone through showing

3’s mobile music generation recognising new talent ahead of older rockers. We also noticed that despite the hype of the 360 tour no U2 track, video or ringtone made the Top 10 rankings this summer with 3 customers.”