'Back to Bedlam' moves into second spot.
Coldplay's "X&Y" (Parlophone) extends its reign on European Top 100 Albums to eight weeks. As the British band continues its North American tour, with shows last night in Montreal and tonight in Hartford, CT, its third studio set continues to enjoy robust European sales, climbing back 3-2 in the United Kingdom, 5-3 in Austria and 10-8 in Spain. It's still No. 1 in Switzerland and top five in ten other territories. The single "Speed of Sound" climbs 7-4 in Spain.
James Blunt's "Back To Bedlam" (Atlantic) moves into the runner-up place on the composite chart, its 3-2 climb fuelled by a fourth week at No. 1 in the United Kingdom, a fifth at No. 1 in Ireland and a second at No. 2 in France. "Bedlam" is also up 5-3 Switzerland and breaks into the Italian top ten for the first time, 11-9.
Blunt plays a sellout 16-date tour of the United Kingdom in October, and today announced a further 11-date itinerary for next February.
The highest new entry on Top 100 Albums at No. 6 is Sohne Mannheims' "Power Of The Sound" (Sohne Mannheims/Universal), the latest collaboration by hip-hop star Xavier Naidoo and keyboard players Michael Herberger and Florian Sitzmann. The album debuts at No. 1 in Germany and Austria.
British dance act Faithless rebounds 12-8 overall with its "Forever Faithless" (Cheeky/Sony BMG) compilation, 11 weeks into its chart run. The retrospective is still selling well not only in Britain, with a 4-3 move, but in Greece, where it's up 6-2 behind the Backstreet Boys' "Never Gone" (Jive).
Alanis Morissette's "Jagged Little Pill - Acoustic" (Maverick/Warner Bros.) makes a No. 10 start on Top 100 Albums, its best European debut at No. 5 in Switzerland. In the United Kingdom, the unplugged version of her 1995 debut sells 17,000 units for a No. 12 entry.
German novelty act Crazy Frog's "Crazy Hits" album (Mach1) debuts at No. 12 on the aggregate chart. It climbs 2-1 in Finland and sells 32,000 copies in the United Kingdom for a No. 5 start there. The single "Axel F" begins a seventh week atop the Eurochart, continuing to top the charts in France, Sweden, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, and debuting at No. 1 in Hungary.
The major climber on the Eurochart is Daniel Powter's "Bad Day" (Warner Bros.), which climbs 29-4 after a No. 2 debut in the United Kingdom on sales of 22,000 units. Singer-songwriter Powter was born in British Columbia, Canada, and was signed by Warner after moving to Vancouver. "Bad Day" has already had considerable success elsewhere in Europe, reaching No. 3 in France at the end of March and the top ten in Switzerland the following month.
Eminem's "Ass Like That" (Interscope) makes a 98-11 surge on the Eurochart after debuting at No. 4 in the United Kingdom on sales of 16,000 units. The album "Encore," which has now sold one million copies in Britain according to charts compiler the Official U.K. Charts Company, rebounds 29-20 there.