Justin Timberlake does the double on the pan-European sales charts, where he debuts at the European Top 100 Albums summit with "FutureSex/LoveSounds" (Jive) and "Sexyback" starts a third week at No. 1
Justin Timberlake does the double on the pan-European sales charts, where he debuts at the European Top 100 Albums summit with "FutureSex/LoveSounds" (Jive) and "Sexyback" starts a third week at No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.
"FutureSex/LoveSounds" amasses eight top ten debuts across Europe, including No. 1 in the United Kingdom (on sales of 90,000 units) and No. 1 in Ireland. It's also in at No. 3 in Germany, opens at No. 5 in four countries (Holland, Denmark, Norway and Austria), No. 7 in Italy and holds at No. 2 in Switzerland.
Its predecessor, Timberlake's 2002 solo debut "Justified," became a Platinum Europe Award-winner for shipments of one million copies, but started much more modestly, at No. 20 on the pan-European album list, its most prominent debut at No. 6 in the United Kingdom. As his popularity grew, "Justified" went on to top the U.K. chart for an aggregate total of seven weeks between January and June 2003.
Timberlake's new record pushes Bob Dylan's "Modern Times" (Columbia) down 1-2 and Iron Maiden's "A Matter of Life and Death" (Capitol) 2-3. But both titles score some impressive chart positions. Dylan jumps 4-1 in Austria (where last week it had dipped 2-4), returns 2-1 in Denmark, improves 4-2 in Sweden; "Modern Times" also debuts at No. 4 in Greece. The Iron Maiden album enters at No. 4 in the latter market.
Diana Krall's "From This Moment On" (Verve) is the leading pan-European debut of the week, at No. 6, helped by a No. 9 start in Italy. Her last release, "The Girl In The Other Room," three times reached No. 4 in 2004. Whereas "Girl" debuted in the United Kingdom at No. 4, the new album only musters a No. 29 bow there.
"Das Grosse Leben" (Universal Island) by German pop duo Rosenstolz makes its fourth separate appearance in the top ten of the European list, rebounding 56-9 after a 15-1 surge in Germany. The Fratellis, Universal Island's increasingly popular rock band from Glasgow, gets a No. 9 start overall with its debut album "Costello Music," thanks to a No. 2 debut in the United Kingdom on strident opening sales of 71,000. Its latest single "Chelsea Dagger" hit No. 5 there two weeks ago.
U.K. soul vocalist Lemar debuts at No. 3 at home with his third album "The Truth About Love" (White Rabbit/RCA), selling 43,000 units. Lemar this week announced a 19-date British tour for March/April 2007. Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini moves 20-16 on the U.K. chart with his debut set "These Streets" (Atlantic). The label's managing director Max Lousada tells Billboard.biz that shipments there have now reached 350,000.
The Timberlake single climbs 2-1 in Germany and makes a 78-8 dash in France, holding at No. 1 in Ireland, No. 2 in the United Kingdom and No. 3 in Italy. It also climbs 11-4 in the Belgian region of Wallony and opens at No. 3 in Hungary. Collectively, it's enough to see off the challenge of Robbie Williams' "Rudebox" (Chrysalis) for the Eurochart No. 1. That track raced 83-2 last week but now stalls there, falling 1-2 in Italy and Switzerland, 1-3 in Germany and 4-6 in the United Kingdom. Williams' album of the same name is released Europe-wide Oct. 23.
Fergie's "London Bridge" (will.i.am/A&M/Interscope) is the Eurochart's most significant mover, leaping 74-4 after a 25-3 climb in the United Kingdom on sales of 21,000 copies. It debuts at No. 2 in Norway and No. 4 in Germany and Italy.