'Dead' fights off Massive Attack in Europe.
Pink's "I'm Not Dead" (LaFace/Zomba) starts a second week atop European Top 100 Albums. Although it falls away in certain territories -- 1-5 in Austria, 1-4 in Germany, 1-2 in Switzerland and 3-8 in the United Kingdom -- it maintains its lead with the help of a 7-3 climb in the Belgian region of Flanders. It also holds at No. 4 in Norway. The single "Stupid Girls" is up 10-6 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, its best position of the week at No. 2 again in Norway.
Massive Attack's "Collected" (Virgin) is holding up well in its third week on the European charts, on which its record is 3-2-2. It's still No. 1 in Flanders, and No. 2 for a third straight week in the United Kingdom, where the compilation has sales of 163,000 units.
"Collected" is runner-up in that market this week to the Streets' third album "The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living" (Locked On/679), which opens there with 71,000 sales and arrives at No. 3 on the composite chart. That's an improvement on the No. 8 start made by its predecessor "A Grand Don't Come For Free" in May 2004; that album eventually peaked at No. 6 in July. The new album is also new at No. 3 in Ireland, where local hero Christy Moore's "Live At The Point 2006" (Columbia), recorded at the Dublin venue in January, comes in at No. 1.
Andrea Bocelli's "Amore" (Polydor) is back up 9-5 in its seventh week on the aggregate chart, helped by an 8-6 climb in Italy. It holds at No. 2 in Holland, No. 5 in Norway and No. 6 in Portugal. Also on the rise again is James Blunt's multi-platinum "Back To Bedlam" (Atlantic), up 11-8 after moving 6-4 in Holland, 15-10 in Germany and 11-10 in France. German rock four-piece Tokio Hotel similarly regains its top ten berth 14-9, climbing 4-2 in Germany, 3-2 in Austria and 15-3 in Switzerland.
Ahead of Tokio Hotel in Germany, entering at No. 1, is female vocalist and local favorite Andrea Berg's "Splitternackt" (Ariola), also new at No. 1 in Austria for a No. 10 debut overall. In 2003, Berg's "Machtlos" album arrived at No. 1 in Germany, No. 9 in Austria and No. 12 on Top 100 Albums.
Modern tango-oriented trio Gotan Project's "Lunatico" (Ya Basta) begins on the composite survey at No. 18 after opening its account at No. 5 in Italy and No. 7 in France. It's the follow-up set to the 2002 debut "La Revancha Del Tango" by the group, which comprises a Frenchman, a Swiss and an Argentine.
The Eurochart has its third different No. 1 in as many weeks, and fourth in five, as Kelly Clarkson's "Because Of You" (RCA) moves 3-1 to become her first best-selling single on the pan-European chart. It's up 2-1 in Switzerland, 5-3 in Austria and 10-5 in Norway, and is up 50-48 in its 20th week on the British survey. The parent album "Breakaway" is up 16-13 there and certified quadruple platinum for 1.2 million shipments, although it dips 4-6 on Top 100 Albums.
Clarkson's early European singles sales history was patchy: "Miss Independent" reached No. 22 on the Eurochart in 2003, but she did not reach the composite top 20 since August 2005's No. 5 hit "Since U Been Gone."
The big mover on the new Eurochart is "La Boulette" (Capitol) by Cyprus-born, France-based female rapper Diam's. Her track is up 2-1 in France and holds at No. 1 in the Belgian region of Wallony, while the album "Dans Ma Bulle" slips 5-6 in France.