Billboard's pan-European sales chart leaders continue their runs, with Madonna's "Celebration" (Warner Bros.) starting a second week at No. 1 on Top 100 Albums and "Sexy Chick" (Gum/Positiva/Virgin/EMI) by David Guetta featuring Akon into a fifth week at No. 1 on European Hot 100 Singles.
"Celebration" falls 1-2 in Italy and on the U.K. chart, with weekly sales in the latter market of 52,000, but holds at No. 1 for a second week in Germany. Muse holds at No. 2 overall for a second week with the former chart-topper "The Resistance" (Helium 3/Warner Music), which descends in most markets but is still No. 1 in Switzerland.
Tennessee rock band Paramore enjoys its best-ever European week with its third album "Brand New Eyes" (Fueled By Ramen/Warner Music) at No. 3. It's new at No. 5 in Finland and No. 7 in Germany, while opening U.K. sales of 53,000 take it straight to No. 1 there, far ahead of the No. 24 peak of its 2007 predecessor "Riot."
"Brand New Eyes" is Warner Music's third consecutive U.K. No. 1 album, following the Muse and Madonna titles. "We're very proud to have consecutive No. 1 albums with these three diverse and talented acts, each at very different stages in their careers," says John Reid, CEO Europe, Warner Music Group. "This run of success underscores the continued importance of artist development and why a comprehensive A&R strategy remains at the heart of our business." Warner Music U.K. CEO Christian Tattersfield adds: "Paramore's No. 1 represents the next stage in the development of one of the most exciting young bands at Warner Music."
Nos. 4 and 5 on Top 100 Albums are unchanged, as Mika's "The Boy Who Knew Too Much" (Casablanca/Universal Island) and Mark Knopfler's "Get Lucky" (Vertigo/Universal) hold steady. Mika is down 1-2 in France while Knopfler climbs 8-7 in Spain and holds at No. 5 in Germany.
Pearl Jam's "Backspacer" (Monkey Wrench/Universal Island) is down three spots to No. 6 from last week's No. 3 pan-European debut. It climbs 12-2 in Poland and is steady at No. 4 in Italy. Barbra Streisand's "Love Is The Answer" takes its bow at No. 7, arriving at No. 4 in the United Kingdom on sales of 30,000. It's on course to be No. 1 there on Sunday, according to current midweek data, and is also new at No. 6 in Spain.
Guetta's "One Love" album is down 6-8, staying at No. 4 in the Belgian region of Wallony, but "Sexy Chick" maintains its European Hot 100 supremacy, climbing 3-2 in Wallony and holding at No. 2 in Switzerland.
Whitney Houston also falls two places to No. 9 on the composite chart with "I Look To You" (Arista/RCA/Sony Music Entertainment), despite a 10-7 climb in Poland. Finally, Howard Carpendale's "Stark" (Koch) arrives at No. 10 after starting at No. 2 in Germany. The 63-year-old South African singer has been recording since 1969.