U2, Lady GaGa Continue Euro Chart Domination
"Horizon" has comprehensively outstripped the pan-European chart showing of its studio predecessor "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb," which led Top 100 Albums for three weeks in December 2004. The current set is in decline in most markets across the region, falling 1-2 in Hungary, but holds at No. 3 in Holland.
Lady Gaga's "The Fame" is still unable to outpace U2, spending a fifth straight week at No. 2 overall, although it leads the way for a second week in the United Kingdom. In a photo-finish, it outsells the No. 2 debutant there, English rock band Doves' "Kingdom of Rust" (Heavenly/EMI), by just four copies, on 44,978 units. That gives "Rust" a No. 11 start on Top 100 Albums.
An unchanged top four on the composite list has Diana Krall holding at No. 3 with "Quiet Nights" (Verve/Universal). It's off the top in Portugal, 1-2, but climbs 10-3 in Hungary. Kings of Leon's 29th week on the survey sees "Only By The Night" (Hand Me Down/Sony Music Entertainment) at No. 4 again. It's down 1-2 in the Belgian region of Flanders, 2-3 in the United Kingdom and 4-9 in Greece.
Longtime favorite female German vocalist Andrea Berg returns to the pan-European top ten at No. 5 with "Zwischen Himmel und Erde" (Ariola/Sony Music Entertainment), after No. 1 starts in Germany and Austria. That repeats the local performance of her 2006 release "Splitternackt"; in 2007, Berg's "Die Neue Best Of" opened at No.1 in Austria and No.4 in Germany.
Leonard Cohen's "Live In London" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) holds at No. 6 on Top 100 Albums, after making second-week gains in Ireland (5-3) and Flanders (6-4). It stays at No. 4 in Denmark, but falls sharply, 19-49, in the United Kingdom.
After two weeks at No. 5, Silbermond is down two places on Top 100 Albums with "Nichts Passiert" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment), ceding the No. 1 spot to Berg in both Germany and Austria. Amy Macdonald stays at No. 8 overall with "This Is The Life" (Mercury/Universal).
Another hit German album impacts the pan-European top ten, as Berlin-born jazz artist Roger Cicero opens at No. 9 with "Artgerecht" (Starwatch), after debuts of No. 2 in Germany and No. 4 in Austria. Cicero reached No. 13 overall with "Männersachen" in 2006 and No. 15 with "Beziehungsweise" in 2007. "The Annie Lennox Collection" (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) dips three places to No. 10 on the aggregate survey, slippig 3-4 in the United Kingdom.
"Poker Face" retains an impressive collection of European No. 1s, in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, Flanders and neighboring Wallony, and adds a new one in Finland with a 2-1 climb. Flo-Rida's "Right Round" (Atlantic/Warner Music) is unlucky again, with a fourth week at No. 2 on the European survey, where "Takin' Back My Love" (Interscope/Universal) by Enrique Iglesias featuring Ciara holds at No. 3. Depeche Mode's "Wrong" (Mute/EMI) and Calvin Harris' "I'm Not Alone" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) are new at Nos. 4 and 5 respectively, the latter after debuting at No. 1 in the United Kingdom on sales just shy of 67,000.