Patience is a virtue for Lady Gaga, who completes her Europe-wide conquest by hitting the top of European Top 100 Albums for the first time with "The Fame" (Interscope/Universal) after five weeks at No. 2. "Poker Face" starts a ninth week at No. 1 on European Hot 100 Singles.
Lady Gaga's album has taken 13 weeks to reach the pan-European summit, and takes the lead in its eighth straight week in the top three. It's in a third week at No. 1 in the United Kingdom, where sales to last weekend had reached 362,000. "The Fame" also moves 2-1 in Ireland, 4-3 in Switzerland and holds at No. 5 in Germany and Finland.
Gaga thus ends U2's six-week European reign with "No Line on the Horizon" (Mercury/Universal), which falls to No. 2 despite climbs of 3-2 in Holland, 7-3 in Denmark and 8-7 in Germany. It's also steady at No. 3 in Poland but down 2-4 in Hungary, 3-4 in Portugal, 4-5 in Italy and 7-10 in France.
Kings of Leon's "Only By The Night" (Hand Me Down/Sony Music Entertainment) moves back up 4-3 to change places with Diana Krall's "Quiet Nights" (Verve/Universal) on the composite chart. "Night" sells another 19,000 in the United Kingdom to return 3-2 there. Krall rises 3-1 in Hungary, 2-1 in Poland, registers a No. 6 debut in Greece and holds at No. 2 in Portugal, but is down 3-6 in France.
"Nichts Passiert" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) moves back 7-5 on Top 100 Albums for Silbermond. That's after it returned 3-1 in Germany, where the single "Irgendwas Bleibt" is steady at No. 5. Leonard Cohen's "Live In London" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) is proving a steady seller, logging a third straight week at No. 6 after a 10-7 rise in Poland and gentle descents of 4-5 in Denmark and the Belgian region of Flanders.
In its 22nd chart frame, Beyoncé's "I Am... Sasha Fierce" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) is back into the pan-European top ten, which it last visited two months ago. A 15-7 climb is fuelled by climbs of 9-2 in Norway, 5-3 in Ireland and 10-7 in the United Kingdom, where current single "Halo" is up 7-6. That song stays at No. 6 on the European Hot 100, also rising 9-8 in Germany. Beyoncé's six-week European tour begins Sunday (April 26) in Zagreb, Croatia, and will visit 15 countries, culminating in two O2 Arena shows in London June 8-9.
Amy Macdonald spends another week at No. 8 on Top 100 Albums with "This Is The Life" (Mercury/Universal), while Peter Fox clmbs back 14-9 with "Stadtaffe" (Downbeat/Warner Music) after a 4-2 revival in Germany. Jazzman Roger Cicer's "Artgerecht" (Starwatch), which came in at No. 9 overall last week, is down one spot after slipping 2-3 in his native Germany. Just outside the aggregate top ten, longtime favorite U.K. AC artist Chris De Burgh makes an 81-11 leap with the covers set "Footsteps" (UMTV), after it sold 16,000 for a local debut at No. 4.
On the Eurochart, "Poker Face" loses top spot in Holland, Finland and Wallony, but retains it in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Flanders, to stay ahead of Flo-Rida's "Right Round" (Atlantic/Warner Music), at No. 2 for a sixth week.