English melodic rock band Keane goes straight to No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums with its sophomore set "Under the Iron Sea" (Universal Island). It opens at the top in the United Kingdom, Ireland and

English melodic rock band Keane goes straight to No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums with its sophomore set "Under the Iron Sea" (Universal Island).

It opens at the top in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Holland, No. 2 in Switzerland, No. 3 in Germany, Portugal and Norway, No. 4 in Spain and Austria, No. 5 in Denmark, No. 8 in France and No. 10 in Italy. "Iron Sea" rises 16-4 and 21-5 in the Belgian regions of Flanders and Wallony respectively. Initial Europe-wide shipments exceed 900,000, according to the label, which says the album has debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes chart in 16 markets worldwide.

Initial sales of the Keane album in the United Kingdom are a sturdy 222,000 units, the second-highest first-week tally for any individual artist album there this year; the highest was Arctic Monkeys' "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not," which opened with 363,000 in late January.

Keane's first album "Hopes and Fears," also debuted at No. 1 in the United Kingdom in May 2004, but with sales of 67,000 fewer units, at 155,000. That album is now eight-times platinum in Britain (2.4 million shipments) and has triple Platinum Europe certification for three million shipments across the region.

The other two new entries on the composite album chart are also by Universal-signed acts. Nelly Furtado's "Loose" (Geffen) opens at No. 3, fuelled by starts of No. 1 in Germany and Switzerland, No. 2 in Austria and No. 5 in the United Kingdom (on sales of 33,000). The European single from the set, "Maneater," climbs 3-2 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles behind "Hips Don't Lie" (Epic) by Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean, which leads that survey for the third consecutive and fifth aggregate week.

Furtado spends a second week at No. 1 in the United Kingdom with "Maneater," which has total sales there to last Saturday of 107,000 units. "Maneater" is also up 9-3 in Austria, 6-4 in Switzerland and holds at No. 3 in Ireland and No. 5 in Germany.

Busta Rhymes' "The Big Bang" (Aftermath/Interscope) arrives at No. 9 on Top 100 Albums, following debuts at No. 10 in Germany and No. 19 in the United Kingdom. Its single "Touch It" is at No. 25 in its sixth week on the U.K. chart.

Paul Simon's "Surprise" (Warner Bros.), which raced into the composite top ten last week, 64-10, improves again to No. 7, after holding its No. 4 entry position on the U.K. chart. It's a significant upswing on Simon's last studio release, "You're The One," which debuted and peaked at No. 32 on Top 100 Albums in October 2000 and spent only one further week on that chart.

Lordi, the Finnish rock band that won the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest in Athens May 20 with "Hard Rock Hallelujah" (RCA), hits the top ten of the pan-European album chart as "The Arockalypse" climbs 14-8. It holds at No. 1 in Finland and No. 8 in Germany and climbs 2-1 in Sweden. The single is top ten in Germany, Ireland and Flanders, falling 7-12 on the Eurochart.

Spain's new No. 1 album is "Pentimiento" (Vale Music) by Bustamante, a winner of the country's "Operacion Triunfio" reality TV series, a smash there over the past six years. Universal Music Group announced today (June 22) that it has reached agreement to acquire the Barcelona-based Vale Music, Spain's most successful indie, from its founder, Ricardo Campoy.

The big mover on the Eurochart, with a 26-7 climb, is German superstar Herbert Groenemeyer's "Zeit Dass Sich Was Dreht" (Columbia), which features Malian duo Amadou and Mariam. The track is the official anthem of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, currently taking place in Germany, where it's up 7-1.