The Red Hot Chili Peppers shrug off the challenge of veteran British pop duo the Pet Shop Boys to start a third week at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums with "Stadium Arcadium" (Warner Bros.).

The Red Hot Chili Peppers shrug off the challenge of veteran British pop duo the Pet Shop Boys to start a third week at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums with "Stadium Arcadium" (Warner Bros.).

The double CD leads the way again in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Holland and Greece and returns to the top in Italy, rising 2-1. It holds at No. 2 in Hungary, Finland and the Belgian regions of Flanders and Wallony, and descends 1-2 in Sweden, 2-3 in Norway and Spain, 2-6 in France and 5-7 in Portugal.

The Pet Shop Boys' "Fundamental" (Parlophone) enters the composite chart at No. 2 following debuts at No. 4 in Germany, No. 5 in the United Kingdom and No. 9 in Spain. First-week sales total 26,000 in Britain, where it's the act's 12th top ten album over a span of 20 years and one month. "Fundamental" contains the single "I'm With Stupid," which hit No. 8 in the United Kingdom two weeks ago and is also a top ten hit in Denmark and Spain.

Scottish-Irish act Snow Patrol returns to the top ten of Top 100 Albums with "Eyes Open" (Fiction/Polydor), which has a four-week history of 5-7-12-7. That's after it moved back 4-3 in the United Kingdom, where the album reached platinum status for 300,000 shipments within two days of its May 1 release. The band is currently on tour in North America, with dates in Japan and Europe to follow. Some U.S. dates had to be postponed this week due to lead singer Gary Lightbody's vocal infection. The tour is due to resume on Saturday (June 3) at New York's Roseland Ballroom.

German trio Sportfreunde Stiller, from Munich, enters Top 100 Albums at No. 9 with "You Have To Win Zweikampf" (Vertigo) after the football-themed album opened at No. 2 in Germany and No. 4 in Austria. In July 2004, the band made a No. 11 composite debut with "Burli," which made exactly the same debuts in Germany and Austria as the new set.

After four weeks at No. 2 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" (Warner Bros.) ascends to No. 1, during its ninth week at the top of the British singles survey. Although sales in Britain during that reign total 661,000, the sequence may soon end. The label deleted the single there on Monday (May 29) to prepare the market for the follow-up single "Smiley Faces," which is scheduled for July 17 release. "Crazy" is also in the top five in nine other European countries.

The duo's parent album "St.Elsewhere" is up 9-8 on Top 100 Albums, where its highest position to date was its No. 4 debut four weeks ago; Warner Bros. U.K. managing director Korda Marshall comments that "'St. Elsewhere' [has] such depth...that we want to move onto 'Smiley Faces' for the summer."

Climbing 11-5 on the Eurochart is "World Hold On" (Yellow Production) by Bob Sinclar featuring Steve Edwards. The follow-up to Sinclar's European mega-hit "Love Generation," it's up 5-3 in Wallony, 5-4 in France and holds at No. 4 in Flanders. The long-running "Generation" arrives at No. 3 in Hungary and still holds a top ten place in Germany, dipping 8-10.

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