Prince scores a notable victory on European Top 100 Albums, climbing 8-1 with "3121" (NPG/ Universal) after healthy rises or debuts in several markets across the region. The album is new at No. 4 in G
Prince scores a notable victory on European Top 100 Albums, climbing 8-1 with "3121" (NPG/ Universal) after healthy rises or debuts in several markets across the region. The album is new at No. 4 in Germany and No. 18 in Sweden, and up 3-1 in Switzerland, 4-3 in Holland, 15-10 in Italy and 33-27 in Finland.
Although "3121" falls 5-12 in Norway, 8-12 in France, 9-22 in the United Kingdom, 40-43 in Spain and 23-45 in Ireland, it's continuing an upswing in Prince's fortunes in Europe during the new century. His "Very Best Of" collection reached No. 8 on the aggregate chart in 2001 and "Musicology" reached No. 3 in 2004.
David Gilmour's "On An Island" (EMI) shows staying power on Top 100 Albums, moving back 3-2 after climbing 12-2 in Hungary and holding at No. 2 in Poland. It's back up 15-14 in the United Kingdom, where the album is certified gold (100,000 shipments). Gilmour is now on the North American leg of his tour but returns to Europe for U.K. dates from May 26.
"Collected - The Best of Massive Attack" (Virgin) is new at No. 3 on Top 100 Albums, opening at No. 2 in the United Kingdom on sales of 72,000 units, according to the Official U.K. Charts Company. That's a 10% upswing on the British band's last studio release, 2003's "100th Window," which nevertheless topped the U.K. chart. "Collected" also arrives at No. 2 in Portugal, No. 4 in Switzerland, No. 6 in Ireland and climbs 21-1 in the Belgian region of Flanders.
Racing 56-11 on the Europe-wide album survey is German rock quartet Tokio Hotel's "Schrei" (Island), after it soared 21-1 in Austria and 25-2 in Germany. The single "Rette Mich" was last week's No. 1 in Austria, but now falls to No. 2 behind Tobias Regner's "I Still Burn" (Hansa), which makes a clean sweep of No. 1 debuts in the G/S/A territories. Regner won the talent series "Deutschland Sucht Den Superstar" March 18, and debuts at No. 4 with the power ballad on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.
English melodic rock band Embrace, which had last week's No. 2 U.K. single with "Nature's Law" (Independiente), goes one better with the album "This New Day," which is new at No. 1 there with a career-best first week sale of 76,000 copies. The band hit No. 1 in the United Kingdom with its first album "The Good Will Out" in 1998 on Hut/Virgin, and returned there on the impetus of its new deal with Independiente with "Out Of Nothing" in 2004.
Swedish star Andreas Johnson, who had an international hit with the single "Glorious" in 2000, is enjoying new local success. The single "Sing For Me" (Warner Music) is up 5-3 and the album "Mr.Johnson, Your Room Is On Fire" enters at No. 5.
Meanwhile, U.S. singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw is doing well in Norway, climbing 6-2 with the album "Chariot" (J). The set, which is now almost three years old, now has worldwide sales of 1.5 million, according to Sony BMG, who will release the title track as a U.K. single on May 22. He's also confirmed for the V Festival in England in August.
Ne-Yo's "So Sick" (Def Jam) tops the Eurochart for a second week, climbing 6-2 in Ireland but losing its crown in the United Kingdom to a track that makes chart history. R&B/hip-hop duo Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" (Warner Bros.) was released as a download there March 13 and, after the recent ruling that makes electronic sales eligible for the chart one week before a CD equivalent, becomes the first song to top the British singles chart purely on download sales (31,000 units). The physical single was released on Monday (April 3). "Crazy" arrives on the Eurochart at No. 6.
Kelly Clarkson's long-running "Because Of You" (RCA) gets another sales boost, racing 14-2 on the Eurochart after climbs of 15-5 in Norway and 6-4 in Germany.
Michael Jackson's domination of the Spanish singles chart strengthens as "Bad" (Epic) enters at No. 1, giving him six of this week's top ten there. Finally, almost nine years after his death, Jeff Buckley has a top ten hit in Norway. His cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" (Columbia), from 1994's revered "Grace" album, climbs 13-7.