Pink is the new leader of Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart, as "I'm Not Dead" (LaFace/Zomba) gives the pop star her first pan-European No. 1. The artist's fourth album opens at the peak in Eu
Pink is the new leader of Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart, as "I'm Not Dead" (LaFace/Zomba) gives the pop star her first pan-European No. 1. The artist's fourth album opens at the peak in Europe after chart-topping starts in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, No. 3 in the United Kingdom, No. 4 in Norway, No. 5 in Holland and No. 7 in France.
The German and Austrian debuts improve on the No. 2 starts there of Pink's last album "Try This" in November 2003; both that and her second album "M!ssundaztood" peaked at No. 3 in the United Kingdom. However, the new numbers show Pink's European popularity to be on a steady upward incline: "Try This" peaked at No. 3 on Top 100 Albums, and 2002's "M!zzundazstood" at No. 5.
Massive Attack's "Collected" anthology (Virgin) moves back 3-2 on the composite chart after rising 6-1 in Ireland and 13-6 in Italy. It holds a second week at No. 1 in the Belgian region of Flanders and No. 2 in the United Kingdom and Portugal.
In the United Kingdom, Pink is beaten to No. 1 by Morrissey's third solo album bestseller there, "Ringleader of the Tormentors" (Attack/Sanctuary), which opens at No. 3 on Top 100 Albums. Under new eligibility rules, it's the first British album chart-topper to have download sales included in its overall tally. Of its combined total of 62,709 sales, 1,283 are digital, according to charts compiler the Official U.K. Charts Company. But it's not the most-downloaded album of the week in Britain -- that honor goes to Embrace's "This New Day" (Independiente), which has digital sales of 1,914 but drops 1-4 on the combined Official U.K. Albums Chart.
Morrissey's album, which includes last week's No. 3 U.K. hit "You Have Killed Me," also arrives at No.1 in Sweden, No.2 in Norway and No.3 in Denmark and Ireland. He begins a vast 29-date tour of the United Kingdom Apr.18, and plans call for "The Youngest Was The Most Loved" to be released as the album's second U.K. single May 29.
Katie Melua's sophomore set "Piece By Piece" (Dramatico) moves back 5-4 after 28 weeks on Top 100 Albums, holding at No. 3 in Germany. Melua will donate Europe-wide sales of its new single "Spider's Web," out in the United Kingdom next Monday (April 17), to the Save The Children charity, for which she is education ambassador. Next year, Melua will undertake a sponsored bicycle ride along the Great Wall of China to raise further funds for Save The Children.
The new No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles is Sean Paul's "Temperature" (VP/Atlantic), which races 8-1 after improving 16-5 in Holland and 5-4 in France. The former Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 also holds at No. 13 in its fourth week on the Official U.K. Single Chart.
"Beep" (A&M/Interscope) by the Pussycat Dolls featuring will.i.am re-enters the composite top ten, jumping 19-7 to regain the position it held for two weeks last month. It's back up 9-8 in its sixth U.K. chart week and moves 5-2 in Holland, 12-3 in Norway, holds at No. 2 in Flanders and debuts at No. 9 in Germany.
"One" (Geffen) by Mary J.Blige and U2 is up 66-12 on the pan-European chart after a second-week climb in the United Kingdom of 19-2. Weekly combined physical and digital sales are 28,000 units, and it's a career-best ranking for Blige in a British singles chart career of 13-and-a-half years.