Red Hot Chili Peppers scores its fourth consecutive No. 1 album on European Top 100 Albums, as "Stadium Arcadium" (Warner Bros.) gives the band another winning start across the region by climbing 64-1

Red Hot Chili Peppers scores its fourth consecutive No. 1 album on European Top 100 Albums, as "Stadium Arcadium" (Warner Bros.) gives the band another winning start across the region by climbing 64-1.

In the United Kingdom, it moves a hefty 202,000 to open at the top and also begins at No. 1 in Germany, Italy, France, Holland, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Denmark and Ireland.

"Arcadium" additionally opens at No. 2 in Spain and No. 6 in Portual and Poland, and climbs in markets with earlier chart deadlines: 6-1 in Norway and 7-2 and 3-2 respectively in the Belgian regions of Wallony and Flanders. In Finland, it's down 1-2. The single "Dani California," which reached No. 3 last week on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, now stands at No. 4, debuting at No. 2 in Sweden.

Warner Brothers VP, international marketing Dion Singer says that the album's initial European shipment is 1.2 million, from a global figure in excess of three million. "The album is currently No. 1 in 22 countries worldwide," he notes, "and in most markets, over the counter numbers are significantly higher than the first week on [2002's] 'By The Way.'" That album spent six weeks at the helm of Top 100 Albums and more than a year on the chart, then the non-U.S. release "Live In Hyde Park" had two weeks on top in the summer of 2004. The band's chart-topping run in Europe stretches back to July 1999, when "Calfornification" hit No. 1.

Bruce Springsteen's "We Shall Overcome - The Seeger Sessions" (Columbia), which opened at No. 1 on Top 100 Albums two weeks ago, bounces back 3-2, after climbing 4-3 in Spain and 7-5 in Switzerland and maintaining top three placings in Sweden, Norway and Italy. On May 9, Springsteen played a show for the BBC in front of an invitation-only audience of 300 at St. Luke's Church in London. The concert was aired May 13 by Radio 2 and is televised by BBC4 tomorrow (May 18) and BBC2 on Saturday.

Shakira's "Oral Fixation Vol.2" (Epic), which debuted at No. 11 on Top 100 Albums last December, makes the composite top ten for the first time, climbing 17-6. The album is up 3-2 in Holland, 9-5 in Spain, 8-5 in Sweden, 10-8 in France and 18-10 in Italy. Its single "Hips Don't Lie," featuring Wyclef Jean, soars to the top of the Eurochart 18-1. It debuts at No. 1 in Germany, climbs 3-1 in Wallony and 6-5 in Greece, and holds at No. 1 in Switzerland, No. 2 in Austria and No. 3 in Italy. It's already been No. 1 in Holland, France and Flanders. The duo will perform the track before the World Cup Final July 9 in Berlin, after it was selected by world soccer governing body FIFA.

Rock band Dirty Pretty Things, featuring former members of the Libertines and Cooper Temple Clause, get a No. 10 debut on Top 100 Albums with "Waterloo To Anywhere" (Vertigo), after its No. 3 start in the United Kingdom on sales of 72,000 units.

Pakito's dance-pop single "Living On Video" (Panic/ULM) is a new top ten item on the Eurochart, rising 16-6 after a 2-1 climb in France. "Control Myself" (Def Jam) by LL Cool J featuring Jennifer Lopez is up 39-7 overall, after a 15-2 rise in the United Kingdom and a No. 5 debut in Ireland. The last of five newcomers to the Eurochart top ten is a re-entry, Infernal's "From Paris To Berlin" (Border Breakers), which has four-week figures of 17-10-17-9. The Danish duo is back up 4-3 in its fifth week on the British chart.