System Of A Down's "Mezmerize" (American/Columbia) arrives at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums, as the composite chart acquires an all-new top three.

System Of A Down's "Mezmerize" (American/Columbia) arrives at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums, as the composite chart acquires an all-new top three.

The U.S. rock act bags four individual No. 1 debuts around the region - in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France. It also grabs four No. 2 starts - in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Norway and Finland. SOAD's last studio set, 2001's "Toxicity," debuted and peaked at No. 23 on Top 100 Albums at the start of an 11-week chart stay.

New in the runner-up spot on the aggregate survey is Faithless with its "Forever Faithless - The Greatest Hits" retrospective. In its native United Kingdom, it's the durable dance act's second chart-topping album in less than a year. The hits set sells 70,000 copies in its first week in Britain, compared to an opening tally of 47,000 for the studio set "No Roots" last June. "Forever Faithless" is also new at No. 1 in Ireland and opens at No. 9 in Germany.

Van Morrison's "Magic Time" (Exile/Polydor) makes a confident start at No. 3 on Top 100 Albums. That's helped by his highest-ever placing on the British survey, also at No. 3, on opening sales there of 26,000 units. In a U.K. album chart solo career that started in 1970, Morrison had previously managed two No. 4 placings, with "The Best of Van Morrison" in 1990 (in an 87-week run) and "Too Long In Exile" in 1993. "Magic Time" also starts at No. 4 in Denmark and No. 5 in Spain.

Operatic pop band Il Divo is on the rise yet again. The group's eponymous debut set for Syco Music/Sony BMG improves 25-5 on Top 100 Albums. The G/S/A territories are the latest to fall under its spell, as the album opens at No. 2 in Germany and Austria and races 39-2 in Switzerland. It's also in the top ten in Portugal, Spain and Finland.

Akon's "Lonely" (SRC/Universal) rises 3-1 in its third week on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles. Although the pop-rap track falls to No. 2 in the United Kingdom after a two-week run at the top, it's new at No. 1 in Germany and No. 2 in Austria. The song, based around Bobby Vinton's 1964 U.S. chart-topper "Mr.Lonely," holds at No. 1 in Ireland and climbs 2-1 in Denmark and 4-2 in Switzerland.

The Eurochart has two strong new entries. Black Eyed Peas' "Don't Phunk With My Heart" (Interscope) is at No. 2 after a total of eight top five European debuts. Oasis' "Lyla" (Big Brother) is new at No. 3 on the pan-European chart. That track bags a No. 1 debut in the United Kingdom -- where it's Oasis' seventh chart-topping single -- and five other top five starts. The band's sixth studio album "Don't Believe The Truth" is released next Monday (May 30).

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