An unchanged top three on European Top 100 Albums shows Christina Aguilera starting a second week at No. 1 with "Back To Basics" (RCA). The album loses its lead in the United Kingdom and Ireland (1-2)
An unchanged top three on European Top 100 Albums shows Christina Aguilera starting a second week at No. 1 with "Back To Basics" (RCA).
The album loses its lead in the United Kingdom and Ireland (1-2), Holland and Austria (1-3) and Germany (1-4) but is still on top in Switzerland, holds at No. 2 in Flanders and races 10-4 in Wallony and 49-9 in Poland. It's also new at No. 2 in Sweden, No. 3 in Italy and No. 5 in Spain. The single "Ain't No Other Man" falls 4-7 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, its highest-ranking No.3 in Norway.
Snow Patrol moves back 8-4 in its 17th week on the pan-European chart with "Eyes Open" (Fiction/Polydor). That's prompted by its return to No. 1 (from last week's No. 3) in the United Kingdom, where the album debuted in May. It also moves back 2-1 in Ireland, while the single "Chasing Cars," unusually for the U.K. market, moves back up to a new peak 12-7 in its sixth chart week.
"Eyes Open" has sold more than 1 million units worldwide to date, of which Europe accounts for about 75%, according to Universal Music Group.
Snow Patrol completes a tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland on Saturday (Aug. 2) on the Channel Island of Jersey, on the south side of the English Channel, and four days later begins a North American itinerary in Atlanta.
Meanwhile, Keane's "Under The Iron Sea" (Universal Island) also stays strong on Top 100 Albums, where it has risen 17-15-12-6. The set is up 9-6 in the United Kingdom, where current single "Crystal Ball" rises 65-20.
Argentina-born "schlager" artist Semino Rossi, whose "Ich Denk An Dich" (Koch) debuted at No. 5 on the collective chart a month ago, has risen 16-7 on the European albums survey after improving 5-2 in Germany and holding at No. 2 in Austria.
Rihanna's "A Girl Like Me" (SRP/Def Jam), which moved back 14-10 last week, improves again to No. 8 in Europe, after climbing 3-2 in Germany and Norway, 5-3 in Austria and 8-3 in Wallony. The album is certified platinum for 300,000 shipments in the United Kingdom, but dips 13-20 there.
Also climbing again on the composite albums chart are Orson's "Bright Idea" (Mercury), back into the top ten 13-9, and Slayer's "Christ Illusion" (American/Warner Bros.) which jumps 21-12 after entering two weeks ago at No. 5. "Illusion" benefits from a 5-3 jump in Greece and a No. 23 start in the United Kingdom, while the single "Eternal Pyre" arrives at No. 5 in Hungary.
German jazz-lounge singer Roger Cicero's "Männersachen" (Starwatch) is the most significant new climber on Top 100 Albums, moving 56-13 thanks to an 11-3 spurt in Germany. The album contains all-new material with the exception of a cover of "Fly Me To The Moon," "Schless Mich doch zum Mond."
Outkast's new album "Idlewild" (Jive/Zomba) is the one new title in the composite top 20, at No. 15. It makes its best debut at No. 4 in Switzerland and starts at No. 16 in the United Kingdom, on sales of 14,000 units.
"Hips Don't Lie" (Epic) by Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean makes it 13 weeks in a row, and 15 in total, atop the Eurochart. It stands at No. 2 in the United Kingdom and Ireland, climbs 7-6 in Italy and debuts at No. 4 in Hungary. But its supremacy is now seriously challenged by another collaboration, "Deja Vu" (Columbia) by Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z. It's up 70-2 after climbing 21-1 on its full release in the United Kingdom, where weekly sales total 29,000. Its other debuts are at No. 3 in Ireland, No. 4 in Norway, No. 5 in Switzerland and No. 9 in Germany.