Gorillaz Climb Down To No. 2.
Black Eyed Peas make a winning return to European Top 100 Albums with "Monkey Business" (A&M/Interscope), which debuts at No. 1 after opening in the top spot in Germany, France and Switzerland. Initial European shipments of the album total one million, according to Universal Music International.
The impact contrasts with the gradual success of the band's previous album "Elephunk," which debuted at No. 32 on the aggregate chart in November 2003. "Elephunk" spent a non-consecutive total of four weeks at No. 2 in the first quarter of 2004.
"Business" also opens at No. 2 in Austria, No. 3 in Holland, No. 4 in the United Kingdom, No. 5 in Spain, No. 6 in Portugal and No. 10 in Italy. The opening single from the new album, "Don't Phunk With My Heart," re-climbs 4-3 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles after debuting two weeks ago at No. 2. It's top five in seven European territories and races 61-10 in France.
Black Eyed Peas thus deprives British rock bastion Oasis of a chart-topping debut on Top 100 Albums with its sixth studio set "Don't Believe The Truth" (Big Brother). The album opens at No. 2 in Europe after starting at No. 1 in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Italy; No. 2 in Germany; No. 3 in Switzerland; No. 5 in France and Norway and No. 9 in Spain. It's an echo of July 2002, when Oasis' previous album "Heathen Chemistry" had to be content with a No. 2 start on Top 100 Albums as Eminem's "The Eminem Show" (Polydor/Interscope) enjoyed a sixth week at No. 1.
According to chart compiler the Official U.K. Charts Company, "Truth" has the second-highest opening tally of the year there with a first-week U.K. sale of 237,000 units. It will shortly be surpassed by Coldplay's "X&Y" (Parlophone), which was released on Monday and had first-day sales of over 151,000 across all retail outlets, according to the OCC.
Oasis has a weekend of European open-air shows lined up, playing Germany's Hurricane and Southside Festivals tomorrow (June 9) and Saturday, respectively. The rock act performs Sunday at the Heineken Jammin Festival in Imola, Italy.
Last week's No. 1 debutant on Top 100 Albums, "Demon Days" (Parlophone) by Gorillaz, falls 1-3 in Europe. The album slips to No. 2 in the United Kingdom and France and 1-4 in Switzerland. However, its single "Feel Good Inc" is holding up well on the Eurochart, moving back 6-4 after a 5-3 rebound in its eighth chart week in the United Kingdom. The single also leaps 16-9 in Italy.
Rob Thomas makes a No. 12 start on the pan-European album list with "Something To Be" (Atlantic), which is new at No. 10 in Germany and No. 11 in the United Kingdom, selling 17,000 copies in the latter territory.
German rock band In Extremo arrives at No. 13 on Top 100 Albums with "Mein Rasend Herz" (Universal). That's after a No. 3 start in Germany, where the band released its first, self-titled album in 1997. In Extremo plays the Nova Rock Open Air festival in the state of Bergenland in Austria on Saturday.
Akon's "Lonely" (SRC/Universal) starts a third week at No. 1 on the Eurochart, maintaining its top spot in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Denmark. The track moves back 3-2 in the United Kingdom, also standing at No. 2 in France and Ireland and registering a 14-4 climb in Flanders.
"Incomplete" (Jive) by the Backstreet Boys is the Eurochart's highest new entry at No. 6, fuelled by a set of high European debuts including No. 2 in Spain, No. 3 in Germany, Switzerland and Denmark and No. 8 in Italy. The U.K. release of the single is not until June 27.