Grabs fourth consecutive week.
Muse’s “Black Holes and Revelations” (Helium 3/A&E/Warner Bros.) snags a fourth consecutive week atop the European Top 100 Albums chart. Signaling the onset of the quieter summer release period, the top ten of the survey contains no new entries, but the Muse set remains at No. 1 thanks to retaining pole position in Switzerland and climbing 6-3 in Greece.
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Stadium Arcadium” (Warner Bros.), which edged back 4-3 on last week’s chart, moves up again 3-2, and has now logged 12 consecutive weeks in the top four. The album moves 8-6 in Germany and 10-7 in Italy, also holding at No. 2 in the Belgian region of Flanders.
Scottish-Irish rock outfit Snow Patrol rebounds 25-8 with “Eyes Open” (Fiction/Polydor) after a 6-2 climb in its 13th week on the U.K. chart. It’s certified platinum there for shipments of 300,000 units, and the set’s second single “Chasing Cars” makes a 25-5 climb there. Also on the move again is English band Keane’s sophomore release “Under The Iron Sea” (Universal Island), improving 12-9 overall. It’s up 45-40 in Sweden.
English ingenue Lily Allen, whose “Alright, Still” album (Regal/EMI) debuted at No. 11 last week on Top 100 Albums chart following a No. 2 start in the United Kingdom, dips to No. 3 there but makes the overall top ten, its 11-10 climb helped by a No. 43 debut in Sweden. Capitol’s “The Platinum Collection” by the Beach Boys takes a 38-8 hike in its 14th week on the Swedish chart.
The highest new entry on Top 100 Albums, at No. 12, is “Zirkus” (Columbia) by Mia, after a No. 2 start in Germany. It’s the third album by the five-piece pop-rock band, which released its first single in 2001 and has a German tour scheduled for November.
U.S. hip-hop/R&B star Pharrell returns to the European scene at No. 15 on Top 100 Albums with his first solo set “In My Mind” (Virgin). It’s new at No. 3 in Holland, No. 5 in Switzerland and No. 7 in the United Kingdom, the latter on sales of 24,000.
“Hips Don’t Lie” (Epic) by Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean starts yet another week atop Eurochart Hot 100 Singles. That’s nine in a row and 11 in total, helped by the track’s return to the U.K. chart summit. “Hips” was No. 1 in its fourth sales week there and now goes back to No. 1 in its eighth on weekly sales of 29,000. It also leads the way in Ireland, No. 2 in Switzerland and No.4 in Wallony.
The two most active singles on the pan-European scene are by an American pop superstar and a German hip-hop favorite. Christina Aguilera’s “Ain’t No Other Man” (RCA) is up 58-6 on the Eurochart after an 18-2 climb in the United Kingdom and a 27-4 move in Ireland. Xavier Naidoo’s “Danke” (Naidoo) opens at No. 8 overall following a No. 1 start in Germany.
Finally, a controversial incident in the soccer World Cup Final July 9 has generated a No. 1 single in France. “Coup De Boule,” recorded by La Plage on the Warner Music France imprint Up Music, is about the “head-butting” controversy that saw French football hero Zinedine Zidane sent off in the game against Italy. The track climbs 2-1 there.