Both of the long-standing bestsellers on the pan-European sales charts log yet another week at No. 1. Coldplay's "X&Y" (Parlophone) makes it 11 weeks atop European Top 100 Albums, while Crazy Frog
Both of the long-standing bestsellers on the pan-European sales charts log yet another week at No. 1. Coldplay's "X&Y" (Parlophone) makes it 11 weeks atop European Top 100 Albums, while Crazy Frog's "Axel F" (Mach1) moves into week 10 at the peak of Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.
It's far and away Coldplay's biggest European album. The act's debut "Parachutes" opened and peaked at No. 12 in 2000, while "A Rush of Blood to the Head" was No. 1 on Top 100 Albums for four weeks in 2002.
“X&Y” climbs 5-3 in Italy, 8-4 in Norway and 6-4 in Germany, and holds at No. 2 in the United Kingdom and Switzerland and No. 3 in Ireland. James Blunt's "Back To Bedlam" (Atlantic) spends a fourth week at No. 2 behind Coldplay on the composite chart, but continues at No. 1 for a seventh week in the United Kingdom, where "X&Y" is No. 2.
"Bedlam" is making great strides in Scandinavia, completing a 5-1 climb in Denmark and a remarkable 58-2 rise in Sweden. It's also No. 1 again in Ireland in Switzerland. Its single "You're Beautiful" is also in runner-up spot Europe-wide, rising 3-2 on the Eurochart, after holding at No. 4 in Switzerland and No. 5 in Denmark.
Spanish-speaking Colombian native Juanes' "Mi Sangre" (Universal) rises 10-4 on Top 100 Albums, thanks to its burgeoning success in the G/S/A territories and elsewhere. In Germany, where a "Spanische Welle" ("Spanish Wave") is benefiting Juanes as well as Shakira and a number of reggaeton artists, "Mi Sangre" rises 3-1. It's also up 13-5 in Switzerland, 5-2 in Austria and 5-3 in Spain.
Juanes and Universal have actively cultivated the German market for some three years; his last club tour leading to current airplay at key radio stations such as BR3, Antenne Bayern, NRW and NRG. The label has TV-marketed both the album and its single "La Camisa Negra," which spent a week at No. 1 in Germany last week and is No. 10 on the Eurochart. It's up 2-1 in Austria and 17-5 in Switzerland.
There are no new entries in the top 20 of Top 100 Albums, but Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway" (RCA) makes a healthy 31-17 improvement, following a 20-11 rise in the United Kingdom. The single "Since U Been Gone" is up 8-5 on the Eurochart, climbing 4-3 in Austria, 5-4 in Ireland and 8-6 in Germany. It spends a seventh straight week in the British top ten, holding at No. 7.
The top new entry on the Eurochart is British boy band McFly's "I'll Be OK" (Universal Island), in at No. 6. It's the group's fourth U.K. No. 1, where its 45,000 opening sales are well in line with its first two chart-toppers "5 Colours In Her Hair," which sold 49,000 out of the box in April 2004, and "Obviously" (42,000 sales in June 2004). But they're dwarfed by the 158,000 opening sales tally for McFly's last U.K. No. 1 "All About You"/"You've Got A Friend," which reaped the marked benefits of being the official single of the BBC's Comic Relief telethon.