Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart undergoes a dramatic spring-clean, with the top four titles all new entries. Bruce Springsteen's "We Shall Overcome - The Seeger Sessions" (Columbia) is the n
Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart undergoes a dramatic spring-clean, with the top four titles all new entries. Bruce Springsteen's "We Shall Overcome - The Seeger Sessions" (Columbia) is the new pan-European No. 1, a year almost to the day since his last album "Devils & Dust" also debuted at the top.
The new set arrives in pole position in Italy and Norway, at No. 2 in Holland and Denmark, No. 3 in the United Kingdom and Austria, No. 5 in Germany and No. 9 in France. It also climbs 32-3 in the Belgian region of Flanders. First-week U.K. sales of 33,000 units are well down on the 62,000 opening tally for "Devils," which spent three weeks at the peak of Top 100 Albums. British sales are reported by charts compiler the Official U.K. Charts Company.
Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris' "All The Roadrunning" (Mercury) opens at No. 2 on the composite chart. The album, for which the pair recorded occasionally over a seven-year period, benefits from Knopfler's continuingly wide sales base across the region and gives Harris her best-ever chart showing in many European territories. She has never, for example, had a top ten solo album in the United Kingdom, where "Roadrunning" starts at No. 8 on sales of 21,000, according to the OCC.
The "Roadrunning" album's most stellar performances are in Denmark and Switzerland, where it's new at No. 1. It's No. 2 in Norway, No. 3 in Germany and Italy, and enjoys huge climbs in Holland (62-3), the Belgian region Wallony (34-4) and Flanders (40-5). Knopfler's last album "Shangri-La" also opened on Top 100 Albums at No. 2, in October 2004.
The new entry at No. 3 on the Europe-wide chart is a less familiar name in some markets. German rock band Silbermond's "Laut Gedacht" (Columbia) is the big new entry of the week in the G/S/A territories, at No. 1 in Germany and Austria and No.3 in Switzerland. Its last set "Verschende Deine Zeit" (Module) reached No. 13 on Top 100 Albums in November 2004.
Gnarls Barkley's "St.Elsewhere" (Downtown/Atlantic) is the last of the new quartet at the top of the aggregate album list. In the United Kingdom, where the duo's single "Crazy" spends a fifth week at No. 1, rising 3-2 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, the album sells 91,000 copies; the single also holds at No. 2 in Norway.
The other top ten newcomer on Top 100 Albums, at No. 7, is "Wish" (Island) by Reamonn, the German-based band fronted by Irish lead singer Rae Garvey. It's new at No. 2 there, and in Switzerland. The band is planning festival dates through the summer and its own German tour in October.
Rihanna's "S.O.S. (Rescue Me)" tops the Eurochart for a second week, holding at No. 2 in the United Kingdom and climbing 8-3 in Norway, 6-3 in Flanders and 6-5 in Austria.
While "S.O.S (Rescue Me)" Rihanna (SRP/Def Jam) remains at the top of the Eurochart, the survey welcomes two top five debuts. "World Hold On" (Yellow Production) by Bob Sinclar featuring Steve Edwards at No. 4, after arriving at No. 2 in France and climbing 11-5 in Flanders; Sinclar's last hit "Love Generation," featuring Gary Pine, is still on the Eurochart at No. 20, after reaching No. 2 in March.
"Don't Let It Get You Down" (Hansa) by Mike Leon Grosch comes in at No. 5 on the pan-European singles chart, following a No. 1 bow in Germany and No. 2 opening in Switzerland. The 29-year-old German singer from Wuppertal was runner-up in the third series of the country's "Deutschland Sucht Den Superstar" talent series, before which he sold cellphones.