AC/DC Extends Run Atop Euro Albums Chart
The front-runners on Billboard's pan-European sales charts both extend their stays at No. 1, AC/DC's "Iron Man 2" soundtrack (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) for a fourth week on European Albums and Stromae for an eighth non-consecutive week atop European Hot 100 Singles with "Alors On Danse" (Mosaert/Vertigo).
"Iron Man 2" continues to hold sway in Austria and the Belgian region of Flanders, and although it dips 1-2 in Ireland and Switzerland, it moves 2-1 in Sweden, as well as 5-2 in Hungary and 4-3 in Italy.
Week number 70 on the European listings for Lady Gaga's "The Fame" (Interscope/Universal) has the album holding at No. 2, as it moves 5-4 in the United Kingdom, 16-5 in Austria and 9-7 in Portugal. With her "Fame Monster" title charting separately and rising again 44-35 overall, Gaga now has three albums on the pan-European list, as "The Remix" debuts at No. 7. A 17-track collection of remixes from the parent album, it arrives at No. 3 in the United Kingdom, No. 10 in Ireland and climbs 12-6 in Wallony.
Brooklyn band the National's fifth album "High Violet" (4AD) makes a bold No. 3 start on the collective chart, starting at No. 2 in Denmark, No. 3 in Ireland, No. 5 in the United Kingdom (on sales of 18,000) and No. 10 in Germany. It's also up 31-3 in Flanders. British pop-rock band Keane makes it four No. 1 U.K. debuts from four studio releases with "Night Train" (Universal Island). The new set sells 28,000 there and also posts a No. 9 debut in Holland, for a No. 4 debut overall.
German singer Lena Meyer-Landrut, who will represent her country at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest at the end of this month, gets a No. 5 debut on European Albums with "My Cassette Player" (USFO). It's in at No. 1 in Germany and No. 3 in both Austria and Switzerland, while the Eurovision single "Satellite" holds at No. 2 for Meyer-Landrut in Germany and climbs 5-4 in Austria, falling 10-14 on Hot 100 Singles.
Black Eyed Peas' "The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies)" (Interscope/Universal) falls 3-6 on European Albums and, with Lady Gaga's remix set new at No. 7, there's also a new title at No. 8 in the shape of veteran German singer-songwriter Reinhard Mey's "Mairegen" (Capitol/EMI). That follows debuts at No. 2 in both Germany and Austria.
Plan B's former U.K. No. 1 "The Defamation of Strickland Banks" (679/Atlantic/Warner Music) falls 7-9 on the composite list, now holding at No. 2 in the rapper-singer's home country. Justin Bieber's "My Worlds" (Universal Island/Def Jam), which falls 9-10 overall, now incorporates sales for "My World 2.0," the title by which Bieber's augmented version of his "My World" original was known in some markets.
The Stromae single trades a 1-2 descent in France for 2-1 climbs in Italy and Wallony, also holding at No. 1 in Holland, Denmark, Flanders. That keeps "Alors On Danse" ahead of "Telephone" (Interscope/Universal) by Lady Gaga and Beyoncé on European Hot 100 Singles, as that collaboration holds at No. 2.