Christina Aguilera powers to the European Top 100 Albums summit with "Back To Basics" (RCA). Its 2002 predecessor "Stripped" only debuted at No. 16 on the pan-European chart, although it went on to be
Christina Aguilera powers to the European Top 100 Albums summit with "Back To Basics" (RCA). Its 2002 predecessor "Stripped" only debuted at No. 16 on the pan-European chart, although it went on to become the third most successful album of 2003 on that survey.
The new set sells 84,000 in the United Kingdom to become her first chart-topping album there. It also enters at No. 1 in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Holland and Ireland. Additionally, "Back To Basics" snags a No. 2 entry in Denmark, No. 4 in Norway, No. 10 in France and climbs 31-2 in the Belgian region of Flanders. Lead single "Ain't No Other Man," which to date has peaked at No. 3 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles two weeks ago, holds at No. 4.
Afro-German singer Joy Denalane's "Born & Raised" (Nesola/Four) is the week's other top ten newcomer on Top 100 Albums, bowing at No. 6 after starts of No. 2 in Germany and No. 5 in Switzerland. Denalane, born in Berlin, performs a blend of R&B and African folk music and has been successful in Germany since the end of the 1990s. "Born" is her second English-language set on Nesola, which she runs with husband/producer Max Herre.
English soul discovery James Morrison's "Undiscovered" (Polydor) spends a third week in the collective top ten, holding at No. 7, despite falling 1-2 in the United Kingdom. The album, which contains the hit ballad "You Give Me Something," has posted respective weekly U.K. sales tallies of 84,000, then 55,000, and last week 47,000.
That success helps Universal Music U.K. achieve a domestic chart milestone, as it celebrates top ten berths for six locally-signed and developed artists. The achievement is shared equally between its three pop labels, Island (The Feeling, Keane), Polydor (Morrison, Snow Patrol) and Mercury (Orson, Razorlight). The label group claims a 40% share of this week's top 75 artist album chart in the territory.
On the Eurochart, "Hips Don't Lie" (Epic) by Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean, remains unassailable. It leads the way for the 14th week in total, the last 12 consecutively. Weekly U.K. sales are 28,000, for a fourth week in a row at the top and fifth altogether.Although "Hips" dips 1-2 in Ireland, it's still at No. 6 in Italy.
There are two massive climbers on the Eurochart, with club crossover "Love Don't Let Me Go (Walking Away)" (Gusto) by David Guetta vs. The Egg racing 88-5. The track debuted in the United Kingdom on download-only sales last week at No. 28; following its physical release, it soars to No. 3 there. Similarly, "Ridin'" (Universal) by Chamillionaire featuring Krayzie Bone, rises 37-7 on the Eurochart, after a 19-2 gain in Britain, and a 26-4 improvement in Ireland.
Also enjoying a good week on the Eurochart is "Like The Wind" (Urban) by three-piece German act Vibekingz featuring Maliq. It's up 32-14 overall after rising 8-2 in Germany to challenge local hip-hop favorite Xavier Naidoo's supremacy with "Danke" (Naidoo Records). "Like The Wind" is a remake of Patrick Swayze's "Dirty Dancing" anthem, "She's Like The Wind."