British progressive rock band Muse scores a chart-topping debut on European Top 100 Albums with its fourth studio set "Black Holes & Revelations" (Helium 3/A&E/Warner Bros.). It's new at No. 1
British progressive rock band Muse scores a chart-topping debut on European Top 100 Albums with its fourth studio set "Black Holes & Revelations" (Helium 3/A&E/Warner Bros.). It's new at No. 1 in the United Kingdom on sales of 115,000, according to the Official U.K. Charts Co. Muse's last album "Absolution" also opened at the top there in October 2003, selling 71,000 copies.
"Revelations" also arrives at No. 1 in Ireland and Switzerland, No. 2 in Italy and Holland, No. 3 in Finland, No. 4 in Germany and Austria and No. 5 in Denmark. It climbs 166-2 in France and 10-1 and 7-2 in the Belgian regions of Flanders and Wallony respectively. The band completed a European tour in Norway last Saturday (July 8) and starts a North American leg next Tuesday (July 18). The new album was released in the U.S. on Tuesday (July 11).
Johnny Cash follows his posthumous debut at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with a substantial No. 6 debut on Top 100 Albums for "American V - A Hundred Highways" (American/Lost Highway). It starts at No. 1 in Sweden, No. 3 in Norway, No. 5 in Ireland and No. 7 in Germany. It's also new at No. 9 in the United Kingdom, becoming Cash's first top ten album there since "A Thing Called Love" in 1972.
The Kooks, from Brighton on England's south coast, rise 13-10 overall with "Inside In/Inside Out" (Virgin), its first appearance in the composite top ten. The improvement is fuelled by a rise in the United Kingdom, to a new peak of No. 2 from No. 3. The album's latest single "She Moves In Her Own Way" reached No. 7 there on last week's chart. Virgin says "Inside In" passed U.K. sales of 500,000 units last week. The Kooks play a tour of five English seaside towns (not including their own) Aug. 18-24.
German trio Sportfreunde Stiller's soccer-themed "You Have To Win Zweikampf" (Vertigo) returns 26-11 on the aggregate chart, on which it debuted at No. 9 in late May. It also improves 5-2 in Germany. The rebound was inspired by the German national team's favorable showing at the 2006 FIFA World Cup Finals, at which it clinched third place last weekend.
Liverpool's the Zutons jumps 25-13 on Top 100 Albums with "Tired of Hanging Around" (Deltasonic) after a 5-3 climb in its 12th week on the U.K. chart. Current single "Valerie" reached No. 9 there two weeks ago.
There's no change at the top of Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, where "Hips Don't Lie" (Epic) by Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean spends its eighth week in total at No. 1, the last six of them consecutive. The track is still No. 1 in Ireland and climbs 6-2 in Norway, but loses its crown in Wallony (1-3) and the United Kingdom (1-2), replaced in the latter market by pop-rap artist Lily Allen's "Smile" (Regal/EMI).
The track, which debuted at No. 15 in the United Kingdom on downloads alone last week, climbs 42-5 on the Eurochart. Allen's first album "Alright, Still" gets its British release next Monday (July 17).
"World, Hold On" (Defected) by French DJ-producer Bob Sinclar featuring vocalist Steve Edwards gets a new boost on the Eurochart, on which it opened at No. 4 in May. It's back up 20-8 after debuting at No. 9 in the United Kingdom, where the album "Western Dream" was released on Monday.
George Michael makes his customary strong showing in Italy, where the single "An Easier Affair" (Epic) arrives at No. 1. In the United Kingdom, although "Affair" misses the top ten, it makes a big climb after its physical release, 74-13, for a No. 15 start on the Eurochart.