As Pink's "I'm Not Dead" (Laface/Arista) starts a third week at the European Top 100 Albums summit, Eurochart Hot 100 Singles welcomes a new No. 1 in the form of Rihanna's "S.O.S. (Rescue Me)" (SRP/De
As Pink's "I'm Not Dead" (Laface/Arista) starts a third week at the European Top 100 Albums summit, Eurochart Hot 100 Singles welcomes a new No. 1 in the form of Rihanna's "S.O.S. (Rescue Me)" (SRP/Def Jam), which races 20-1.
Pink's album has fallen outside the top ten in some markets, dropping 8-16 in the United Kingdom, but is still performing well in the G/S/A territories, climbing 5-4 in Austria and holding at No. 2 in Switzerland and No. 4 in Germany. It's down 3-5 in the Belgian region of Flanders and 4-5 in Norway. However, its opening single "Stupid Girls" still has plenty of momentum on the Eurochart, on which its six-week record is 10-2-3-10-6-2. It hits the runner-up spot for the second time with the help of climbs of 6-5 in Hungary and 12-8 in Italy, and is still top five in Norway and Switzerland.
With Massive Attack's "Collected" (Virgin) standing strong at No. 2 on the collective chart for a third week, Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway" (RCA) is on the move again. The single "Because of You" crashes 1-9 on the Eurochart, but the album re-enters the Danish chart at No. 3 and climbs 12-4 in Portugal, 6-5 in Ireland and 7-6 in Germany. "Breakaway" No. 3 standing thus equals the peak it reached on Top 100 Albums seven weeks ago.
Tango-electronica trio Gotan Project is making strides with its "Lunatico" album (Ya Basta), which after entering the pan-European chart at No. 18 last week, advances to No. 6. Its big climbs this week are in Poland (18-3) and Flanders (15-3), and it's up 7-3 in Switzerland, 5-4 in Italy and 7-6 in France. The Paris-based group recorded "Luncatico" in Buenos Aires, and its 2001 predecessor "La Revancha Del Tango" has now sold a million copies, according to the label. Gotan Project, which appeared on France 2's "Top of the Pops" TV show last night (April 26), starts an international tour June 10 in Luxembourg.
The two top new entries on the pan-European album chart are both new British successes. Shayne Ward, the winner of December's "The X Factor," debuts at No. 1 locally and No. 8 overall with his self-titled debut set for Syco Music/Sony BMG. First-week sales in Britain are 201,000 copies, a highly respectable tally which is nevertheless 15,000 fewer than the opening total of the eponymous album by one the show's runner-up acts, Journey South, four weeks ago. The Ward album is also new at No. 1 in Ireland.
Liverpool's the Zutons opens at No. 2 in the United Kingdom, and No. 12 on Top 100 Albums, with its second album "Tired of Hanging Around" (Deltasonic). Opening local sales are 41,000, according to charts compiler the Official U.K. Charts Company. The band's first album "Who Killed The Zutons" is certified double platinum for U.K. shipments of 600,000. The Zutons played at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire last night, and their British tour continues May 4 in Sheffield.
Some European territories are resounding again to the sound of the Big O, as "The Essential Roy Orbison" (Legacy/Sony BMG) rises 19-4 in Flanders and 10-5 in Sweden. Meanwhile, longtime French favorite Florent Pagny has a new hit set, as "Abracadabra" (Mercury) starts at No. 2 in France and No. 3 in the Belgian region of Wallony.
Barbados-born teenager Rihanna's single wins the Eurochart crown after rising 5-2 in the United Kingdom, on weekly sales of 49,000. A raft of other European debuts for the track includes No. 3 in Germany and Finland, No. 4 in Ireland and No. 7 in Italy. Her album "A Girl Like Me" should figure in next week's European listings, having been released on Monday (April 24).
Danish duo Infernal has the top new entry on the Eurochart, at No. 17, with "From Paris to Berlin" (Apollo/Border Breakers). After opening at No. 34 in the United Kingdom on download sales, it's up to No. 4 after the physical single's initial sales of 25,000 units.