Red Hot Chili Peppers keeps hold of top place on European Top 100 Albums, leading the way with "Stadium Arcadium" (Warner Bros.) for the second consecutive week and seventh in total. Released in May,
Red Hot Chili Peppers keeps hold of top place on European Top 100 Albums, leading the way with "Stadium Arcadium" (Warner Bros.) for the second consecutive week and seventh in total. Released in May, the album is still top ten in Germany, Italy, Holland, Switzerland and the Belgian region of Flanders.
The top three titles on Top 100 Albums are unchanged, with Nelly Furtado's "Loose" (Geffen) holding at No. 2 and Shakira's "Oral Fixation Vol.2" (Epic) at No. 3. The Shakira album holds at No. 1 in Greece and moves 5-4 in Ireland and 9-8 in Spain. But there's new blood in the top five of the composite album survey in the form of Jan Delay's "Mercedes Dance" (Univeral) at No. 4 and Slayer's "Christ Illusion" (Warner Bros.) at No. 5.
Delay debuts strongly in the G/S/A territories, where it is No. 1 in Germany, No. 2 in Austria and No. 3 in Switzerland. The hip-hop/reggae artist is a former member of the rap group Absolute Beginnerz.
Veteran U.S. hard rock act Slayer maintains a strong following in Germany, where it's new behind Delay at No. 2. In Greece, "Illusion" is in at No. 3. While in Finland, it dips to No. 4 after a No. 2 start last week.
Scottish-Irish group Snow Patrol is showing staying power with its current Fiction/Polydor album "Eyes Open." It's back into the composite top ten 11-8 after rising 3-2 in its 15th chart week in the United Kingdom. The album's second single there, "Chasing Cars," has made steady progress of 25-15-13-10, while "Eyes Open" also climbs back 3-1 in Ireland, having debuted at the top there in May.
Robbie Williams' "Intensive Care" (Chrysalis), released last October, is also on the rise again, only weeks before the release of its follow-up set, "Rudebox." Fuelled by his current "Close Encounters" tour of Europe, which began in June, the album is back up 52-3 in France. The tour reaches Vienna's Ernst Happel Stadium tomorrow (Aug. 18), and Williams' second show there on Saturday will reach an audience of millions as it's being broadcast live by a vast array of radio stations throughout Europe.
California band Orson rebounds 12-4 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart with its "Bright Idea" set, causing a 36-16 move on Top 100 Albums. Its current single "Happiness" climbs 52-27 on the British singles survey.
The Eurochart Hot 100 Singles chart is also ruled by an artist on their second run at No. 1. "Hips Don't Lie" (Epic) by Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean leads the survey for the 13th week in total, the last 11 of which have been consecutive. It's on top in the United Kingdom, on total sales of 287,000 units, and in Ireland. The single climbs 5-4 in Switzerland, holds at No. 4 in Austria and No. 6 in Italy.
On the Eurochart, the main challenge to Shakira's leadership comes from Rihanna's "Unfaithful" (SRP/Def Jam), which spent two weeks at No. 5 and then dropped to No. 6. The track is now back up to No. 2 after debuting at No. 2 in Germany and climbing 2-1 in Switzerland, 12-3 in Norway and 8-4 in Flanders. It also holds at No. 2 in Ireland.