Coldplay's "X&Y" (Parlophone) begins a third week at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums, holding sway in six European countries. In the United Kingdom, its three-week stay at the top has accumulated
Coldplay's "X&Y" (Parlophone) begins a third week at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums, holding sway in six European countries. In the United Kingdom, its three-week stay at the top has accumulated sales of 803,000 units; it also retains its lead in Italy, Holland, Austria and Ireland.
While falling from No. 1 in France, Sweden and Portugal, "X&Y" climbs 2-1 in Denmark, and also holds at No. 2 in Germany. Coldplay's European tour continues tomorrow night (July 1) in Glasgow; on Saturday, the band play a second show there at Bellahouston Park as well as appearing at the London leg of the Live 8 spectacular in Hyde Park.
New at No. 2 on the pan-European album survey is Jamiroquai's "Dynamite" (Sony BMG), which starts at No. 2 in France, No. 3 in Italy and the group's native United Kingdom, No. 5 in Holland and No. 6 in Germany. The U.K. debut, on sales of 64,000 units, marks the first time a Jamiroquai album has not charted at No. 1 or No. 2 there. Its last two studio sets, 2001's "A Funk Odyssey" and 1999's "Synkronized," both debuted at the top.
James Blunt's "Back To Bedlam" (Atlantic) makes its first appearance in the top ten of the aggregate album chart, thanks to another climb, 3-2, in the United Kingdom, where sales now total 180,000 copies and shipments have passed 300,000 units (platinum). "Bedlam" also climbs 8-4 in Ireland. Blunt is managed by Elton John's Twenty First Artists, now part of British independent music firm Sanctuary Group.
The other newcomer in the top ten of the pan-European chart, at No. 10, is veteran German metal quartet Boehse Onkelz' "La Ultima/Live in Berlin" (SPV). It's new at No. 1 in Germany, where the set was released June 20 as a chart-eligible double DVD set; it features a Berlin gig recorded last September on one disc and a 96-minute documentary on the other.
The audio version of the concert, also titled "Live In Berlin," itself debuted at No. 7 on Top 100 Albums in April. Boehse Onkelz is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, having formed at the end of 1980 in Hoesbach, near Aschaffenburg, in northwest Bavaria.
French pop act Raphael completes a 4-1 climb locally for the second time in seven weeks with his "Caravane" album (Capitol), the title track of which rises 6-5 on the French singles chart. The album's return to No. 1 there prompts a 25-17 rise on Top 100 Albums.
Crazy Frog's "Axel F" (Gusto/Mach1) secures a second week atop Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, following a No. 1 debut in Denmark and a 2-1 climb in France. It also holds at No. 1 in Ireland, jumps 4-2 in Austria and arrives at No. 5 in Sweden.
In the United Kingdom, "Axel F" is replaced at No. 1 by "Ghetto Gospel" (Interscope) by 2Pac featuring Elton John. The track, which samples "Indian Sunset" from John's 1971 album "Madman Across the Water," also enters at No. 1 in Ireland, helping the single to a 25-3 climb on the Eurochart. Seven years after his death, it's the rap legend's first U.K. No. 1 single; it is the seventh featuring John.