Muse Debuts At Top Of Euro Chart

British rock band Muse goes straight to No. 1 on Billboard's European Top 100 Albums with its fifth album "The Resistance" (Helium 3/Warner Music). David Guetta's "Sexy Chick" (Gum/Positiva/Virgin/EMI), featuring Akon, withstands the challenge of Madonna's "Celebration" (Warner Bros.) to start a third week atop European Hot 100 Singles.

The Muse album goes straight to the top in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Holland, Ireland, Norway and Switzerland. Outside Europe, it tops the charts in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Korea and Mexico, in addition to a career-best No. 3 debut on the Billboard 200. Across Europe, the No. 1 rankings in Austria, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Italy and Norway are Muse's first in those markets.

In the United Kingdom, the album's first week generated 148,000 sales, the highest weekly tally there for a British act this year, and well up on the 115,000 for Muse's 2006 predecessor "Black Holes and Revelations." Matthieu Lauriot-Prevost, SVP, international marketing, Warner Music, tells Billboard that the album "has taken Muse's popularity to the next level. There's a palpable sense of genuine excitement amongst both their long-term following and the newer fans."

Mark Knopfler's "Get Lucky" (Mercury/Universal) also makes a confident start, at No. 2 overall. U.K. sales of 14,000 take it to No. 9 there, and it's new at No. 2 in Germany, Italy, Norway and Denmark, No. 3 in Holland, No. 4 in Spain, No. 5 in Switzerland, No. 6 in Sweden, No. 9 in Portugal and No. 10 in France. Knopfler's last studio set "Kill To Get Crimson" also debuted at No. 2 on the collective chart in 2007.

Whitney Houston's "I Look To You" (Arista/RCA/Sony Music Entertainment), which fell 1-2 overall last week, dips again to No. 3, while last week's leader on Top 100 Albums, Guetta's "One Love," is down to No. 4.

Two more heavyweight debuts are next on the composite chart: Jay-Z's "The Blueprint III" (Roc Nation/Warner Music) at No. 5 and Nelly Furtado's "Mi Plan" (Nelstar/Universal Music Latino) at No. 6. Jay-Z's album starts at No. 3 in Ireland and a career-best No. 4 in the United Kingdom, on sales of 38,000. Furtado's new entries include No. 3 in Switzerland, No. 5 in Germany, No. 6 in Austria and No. 8 in Spain.

Black Eyed Peas' "The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies)" (Interscope/Universal), now in its 15th week on the aggregate survey, falls 6-7. Two albums in Apple/EMI's Beatles remasters campaign are up into the top ten: "Abbey Road" 12-8 and "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" 13-10. Michael Jackson is down 5-9 with "King of Pop" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment).

"Sexy Chick" continues to rule the European Hot 100 ahead of a 12-2 climb for the Madonna single. Shakira's "She Wolf" (Sony Music Latin/Epic) is up 8-4 and Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" rebounds 30-5 thanks to a No. 3 debut in Germany.

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