Linkin Park Debuts Atop Euro Albums Chart
Linkin Park makes its customary No. 1 start on Billboard's European Albums chart, arriving at the top with "A Thousand Suns" (Warner Bros./Warner Music). "We Speak No Americano" (Sweat It Out/All Around The World/UMTV/Universal) by Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup leads European Hot 100 Singles for a third week.
"A Thousand Suns" is Linkin Park's third consecutive studio album to debut at No. 1 Europe-wide, and will need four straight weeks there to match the achievement of both 2007's "Minutes To Midnight" and 2003's "Meteora." The band's 2000 debut "Hybrid Theory" debuted at No. 90 in early 2001, but went on to reach No. 3 some eight months later, and turned multi-platinum in several European markets.
The new set debuts at No. 1 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Portugal, No. 2 in the United Kingdom (on sales of 46,000) and Denmark, No. 3 in Spain and Ireland, No. 4 in France and Norway, No. 7 in Holland and climbs 4-2 and 8-4 in the Belgian regions of Flanders and Wallony respectively.
Phil Collins' soul covers set "Going Back" (Atlantic) opens at No. 2 overall to give Warner Music the top two on the composite chart. It makes a No. 4 debut in the United Kingdom, where initial sales of 35,000 compare favorably with those of 26,000 for his last studio release, 2002's "Testify." The new album also starts at No. 1 in Holland, No. 2 in Germany, No. 3 in France and Austria, No. 4 in Spain and Switzerland, No. 6 in Denmark and No. 10 in Ireland, climbing 6-2 in Wallony and 9-3 in Flanders.
After two weeks at No. 1 on European Albums, Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" (Capitol/EMI) falls to No. 3, its sharpest descents being 1-6 in Austria and 2-7 in the United Kingdom. Eminem's "Recovery" (Interscope/Universal) is also down two places across the region as a whole, its highest ranking now No. 4 in Austria.
Robert Plant's "Band of Joy" (Decca/Universal) opens its pan-European account at No. 5, 35,000 buyers give Plant a No. 3 U.K. start, and the set is in at No. 3 in Norway, No. 6 in Flanders, No. 8 in Ireland and up 22-10 in Wallony.
U.K. duo Hurts stays at No. 6 overall with "Happiness" (Major Label/RCA/Sony Music Entertainment), despite falling 4-12 in its second week there, 4-8 in Switzerland, 5-6 in Germany and 6-8 in Austria. That's counteracted by a No. 4 debut in Sweden.
Irish band the Script's No. 7 start Europe-wide with "Science & Faith" (Phonogenic/Sony) is fuelled by chart-topping starts in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Opening U.K. sales of 70,000 improve on the 54,000 start for the act's self-titled 2008 debut, which itself climbs 39-21 there, with 6,000 new sales and a total of 942,000.
Danish rock makes its mark in the European Albums top ten, as Volbeat's "Beyond Hell/Above Heaven" (Universal) arrives at No. 8. In addition to a No. 1 start in Denmark, it's new at No. 2 in Austria, No. 3 in Germany and No. 7 in Switzerland and No. 8 in Holland and Norway.
Iron Maiden's fifth week on the European chart with "The Final Frontier" (EMI) sees it slip 3-9, as it falls 1-5 in Italy and 1-3 in Sweden, and Lady Gaga's "The Fame" (Interscope/Universal) is down 7-10 on the composite list, despite holding at No. 3 in Portugal.
Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup is down 1-2 in Germany and Austria but holds at No. 2 in Spain and Switzerland and No. 3 in France. The top six titles on Hot 100 Singles are unchanged, with Eminem's "Love The Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna, in a fourth week at No. 2.