Coldplay's third album "X&Y" (Parlophone) makes a stellar bow on European Top 100 Albums, opening at No. 1 after a spectacular first week of sales around the region. Having been confirmed on Monda
Coldplay's third album "X&Y" (Parlophone) makes a stellar bow on European Top 100 Albums, opening at No. 1 after a spectacular first week of sales around the region. Having been confirmed on Monday (June 13) as the second-fastest-selling album in U.K. chart history with an opening tally of 464,000 units, EMI yesterday (June 15) reported a global total of 22 chart-topping debuts.
"X&Y" is No. 1 in ten European territories: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Iceland, Ireland, Italy and Norway. Coldplay's new European tour continues tomorrow (June 17) in Cologne, Germany.
In a celebratory week for Parlophone, Gorillaz' "Demon Days" is back up 3-2 in its third week on Top 100 Albums, buoyed by a 5-3 improvement in Germany. The first single from it, "Feel Good Inc" is down 4-5 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles. The track spends a fifth straight week in the U.K. top five, declining 3-4. It has been in the British top 30 for nine weeks, peaking at No. 2. It's highly unusual for a single that has not reached No. 1 to remain in the top five after such a stint.
The White Stripes' "Get Behind Me Satan" (XL Recordings) is somewhat overshadowed by Coldplay's achievements, opening at No. 4 on the composite chart. It's new at No. 3 in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Norway, No. 5 in Germany and No. 7 in France. Although the album's U.K. debut is ostensibly less impressive than the No. 1 start there of its predecessor "Elephant" in 2003, "Satan" actually improves on the first-week sales of the earlier set by 10% to more than 70,000 units.
Shakira opens at No. 6 on Top 100 Albums with "Fijacion Oral Vol.1" (Epic), following debuts of No. 1 in Spain, No. 2 in Germany, No. 3 in Austria and Switzerland and No. 10 in Portugal. The album's opening single "La Tortura," featuring Alejando Sanz, is up 11-8 on the Eurochart; it's No. 2 in Switzerland, No. 3 in Austria and Holland and No. 5 in Italy.
New York hard rock outfit Dream Theater arrives at No. 16 on Top 100 Albums with "Octavarium" (Atlantic). That effort almost matches the No. 15 peak of its predecessor "Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence," which reached No. 15 on the aggregate chart in February 2002.
Akon's "Lonely" (SRC/Universal) tops the Eurochart for the fourth week, soaring 30-5 in Holland. It is still No. 1 in Austria and Switzerland and No. 2 in Ireland and Denmark. The single edges down 2-3 in both the United Kingdom and France.
The top three of the Eurochart is unchanged, with Crazy Frog's "Axel F"(Gusto/Mach 1) again at No. 2. It leaps 77-2 in France and 7-4 in Switzerland while maintaining top spot in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Black Eyed Peas are No. 3 for a second week with "Don't Phunk With My Heart" (Interscope), which is No. 4 in both Denmark and Norway.
The highest new entry on the Eurochart, at No. 7, is U2's "City of Blinding Lights" (Universal Island), which starts at No. 2 in the United Kingdom. The band's "Vertigo" tour is in the United Kingdom this week, with two shows at Twickenham Stadium, south west London, on Saturday and Sunday.