There are new leaders on both of Billboard's pan-European sales charts, as Bruce Springsteen's "Devils & Dust" (Columbia) marches straight into pole position on European Top 100 Albums and 50 Cent
There are new leaders on both of Billboard's pan-European sales charts, as Bruce Springsteen's "Devils & Dust" (Columbia) marches straight into pole position on European Top 100 Albums and 50 Cent's "Candy Shop" completes a 2-1 ascent on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.
Springsteen debuts at No. 1 in the United Kingdom (on sales of 62,000 units), Germany, Austria, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Ireland and Switzerland. There are further debuts of No. 2 in Norway, No. 3 in France and No. 10 in Portugal. His last studio release "The Rising" entered Top 100 Albums at No. 2 in August 2002 behind Red Hot Chili Peppers' "By The Way" (Warner Bros.) and then replaced it at No. 1 for one week.
Next to arrive on the Europe-wide survey is "Nile" (Yo Mama), the third album by 25-year-old soul/hip-hop artist Patrice, which is new at No. 10 on the pan-European chart after opening at No. 4 in Germany and No. 5 in Austria.
Gwen Stefani's "Love Angel Music Baby" (Interscope) is back up 16-12 after returning to the British top ten 15-8 in its 23rd chart week. The single "Rich Girl" is No. 16 on the Eurochart; follow-up "Hollaback Girl" is set for a May 23 release in the United Kingdom.
American modern rock band Eels, which continues to enjoy a loyal European following, arrives at No. 15 with "Blinking Lights and Other Revelations" (Vagrant). The album charts at No. 16 in the United Kingdom, where it was released on the same day, April 25, as two download-only Eels albums.
Australian singer-writer Natalie Imbruglia's "Counting Down The Days" (Brightside) is up 26-16 on Top 100 Albums despite a 7-14 drop in its fourth chart week in Britain. The boost comes from a No. 10 start in Italy, where the single "Shiver" holds at No. 7.
The 50 Cent single ends the five-week Eurochart reign of Mario's "Let Me Love You" (J/Sony BMG). "Candy Shop" is up 2-1 in Austria and 72-8 in France, and holds at No. 1 in Germany and Switzerland. Hot on its heels with a 17-3 climb on the Eurochart is "Signs" (Geffen) by Snoop Dogg featuring Charlie Wilson and Justin Timberlake. That single enters at No. 2 in the United Kingdom, No. 2 in Ireland and holds top five placings in Germany and Denmark. The highest new entry on the Eurochart, at No. 9, is "Cowboy" (Zeitgeist/Universal) by Dutch pop quartet Chipz, following debuts at No. 2 in Germany and Austria.
The remix of "A Little Less Conversation" (RCA) credited to Elvis vs. JXL, an international chart-topper in 2002, returns to the Eurochart at No. 11 after a No. 3 entry in the United Kingdom. It is the last of the label's 18 reissues of Presley's former U.K. No. 1s. All 18 of the re-releases reached the U.K. top five, and three made the No. 1 slot. Sony BMG released the new DVD "Elvis By The Presleys" in the territory on Monday (May 2), with a two-DVD edition following May 23; a book of the same name is published by Random House today (May 5).