After four years of monkeying about, British "cartoon" pop band Gorillaz has opened this week at the peak of European Top 100 Albums with "Demon Days." The act's sophomore set is new at No. 1 in the
After four years of monkeying about, British "cartoon" pop band Gorillaz has opened this week at the peak of European Top 100 Albums with "Demon Days." The act's sophomore set is new at No. 1 in the United Kingdom, France and Switzerland. "Demon Days" also enters at No. 2 in Germany, No. 3 in Denmark, Austria and Ireland, and No. 5 in Italy.
It's the follow-up to 2001's eponymous debut, which has shifted about six-million units worldwide, according to EMI. "This project has been in the planning for a very, very long time. Not least, because its complex," senior VP of international marketing at EMI Music U.K. Mike Allen tells Billboard.biz.
Gorillaz -- conceived by Blur frontman Damon Albarn and "Tank Girl" creator Jamie Jamie Hewlett -- climbed to No. 1 on the European chart with their self-titled 2001 debut. "Demon Days" sold more than 105,000 units in the U.K. Alone in its first week, according to chart compiler the Official U.K. Charts Company.
"Demon Days" is the highest of four new entries in the top 20 of the composite chart. Audioslave's sophomore set "Out of Exile" (Epic/Interscope) is the next-best debutant, beginning at No. 3 on the European album survey. It's held off from the second spot by System of a Down's American/Columbia-set "Mezmerize," which falls from the European chart pinnacle in its second week.
"Mezmerize" holds at No. 1 in Germany, Sweden and Austria. However, it falls 1-2 in Switzerland, 2-3 in Norway, 2-4 in Ireland, 4-7 in Italy, 1-8 in France, and 2-8 in the United Kingdom.
The current Billboard 200 leader, "Exile" also opens in the top spot in Norway. It's new at No. 3 in Ireland, No. 5 in the United Kingdom and Denmark, No. 6 in Germany, No. 7 in Portugal and No. 8 in Italy.
Other high-placing European album entries include Liverpool alternative rock band the Coral's "The Invisible Invasion" (Deltasonic) at No. 11 and French chanteur Marc Lavoine's "L'Heure D'Ete" ("Summertime") (Mercury) at No. 20.
British dance music mainstay Faithless's retrospective "Forever Faithless - Greatest Hits" (Cheeky/Sony BMG) falls 2-4 on the European albums list, despite holding at No. 1 in Ireland and improving 7-5 in Switzerland and 6-3 in the Netherlands. "Forever Faithless" slips 1-2 in the United Kingdom.
Rounding out the top five on European Top 100 Albums is British operatic act Il Divo's eponymous debut Syco/Sony BMG set, which is unmoved from last week's chart position. "Il Divo" marks its 30th week on the composite chart, and is top 5 in Germany, Spain, Switzerland and Austria.
On the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles chart, Akon's "Lonely" (SRC/Universal) is unshifted from the top position despite a huge leap by Crazy Frog. Lonely is No. 1 in its fourth week on the composite chart, after holding at the top spot in Germany, Denmark, Ireland and Austria, and improving 2-1 in Switzerland. It also stays at No. 2 in France and slides 2-3 in Britain.
The Crazy Frog ringtone novelty track, which reworks Harold Faltermeyer's 1985 hit "Axel F," improves 32-2 in Europe thanks largely to a No. 1 debut in the United Kingdom. Released through Mach1 Records, "Axel F" also starts at No. 2 in Ireland.
Coldplay's "Speed of Sound" (Parlophone) enters the European singles chart at No. 3 after top five chart entries in Britain, Spain and Italy. It's the first track lifted from the British guitar band's widely-anticipated new album "X&Y", which arrives June 6 in Europe.
The band will perform at outdoor venues three times in two days early next month. They are booked to play at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow, Scotland on July 1. The following day, they take part in Bob Geldof's Live 8 concert at Hyde Park in London, before returning to perform at Bellahouston Park.