Katie Melua bows in at No.3 with sophomore set.
Bon Jovi's "Have A Nice Day" (Island) begins a second week at the top of Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart, after securing a second week at No.1 in Germany. It also rises 16-4 in Italy.
Singer-songwriter Katie Melua enters Top 100 Albums at No.5 with "Piece By Piece" (Dramatico). Melua was born in the European republic of Georgia and raised in part in Northern Ireland, but is based in England and recently became a British citizen.
Whereas her debut album "Call Off The Search" rose gradually to top the U.K. chart in its 12th week and went on to sell over 1 million copies there, the new one makes a fast start both in Britain and a number of other European markets. "Piece" sells 120,000 units to open at No.1 in the United Kingdom, shipping platinum (300,000 copies) to unseat David Gray's "Life In Slow Motion" (Atlantic) and outselling it by 71,000 units.
Melua's sophomore set also opens at No.1 in Norway, shipping gold there (20,000 shipments), according to Dramatico; No.2 and gold in Holland (40,000); and No.4 in Ireland (platinum, 15,000). It's also new at No.4 in Denmark and No.5 in Germany, as yet without certification.
Dramatico's head of international marketing Andrew Bowles says that Melua's European sales were helped by the performance of "Call Off The Search." "Over the past six months Katie has worked hard visiting most of the European territories setting up this new release," he adds. "Most of our European promo push will commence next week when we kick off with 3 days in France."
In the jazz sector, Jamie Cullum's sophomore "Catching Tales" (Universal Classics & Jazz) enters the Top 100 Albums at No.6. It is, with Melua's album, one of the five new entries in the top 10. The other three are: Finnish rockers HIM, with "Dark Light," their debut for Warner Music's U.S. label Sire at No.5; dancehall act Sean Paul's "The Trinity" (VP/Atlantic) at No.7; and Irish siblings The Corrs's "Home" (Atlantic) at No.8.
With Blunt, HIM, Paul, The Corrs and David Gray (at No.9), Warner Music has five albums this week in the top 10, one of the company's best weekly performance of the year.
"Don't Cha" (A&M/Universal) by Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes is No.1 again on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles. Meanwhile "Push The Button" (Island) by British R&B-pop female trio Sugababes lands the highest Eurochart debut at No.6. That's after becoming the group's fourth No.1 in the United Kingdom, on sales of 78,000, backed up by debuts of No.2 in Ireland and No.4 in Holland.
Sugababes first topped the British chart in May 2002 with "Freak Like Me," again three months later with "Round Round," then in October 2003 with "Hole In The Head." "Push The Button" is the lead single from Sugababes' fourth album "Taller In More Ways," out next Monday.
Perennial Italian hero Eros Ramazzotti spends a second week at No.1 on the singles chart there with "La Nostra Vita" (Ariola). It's the lead track from his new album "Calma Apparente," which is released in Italy on his birthday Oct.28 (a Friday) and Oct.31 internationally.