Garbage debuts at No. 2.
50 Cent's "The Massacre" (Interscope) bounces back to No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums, after climbing 3-2 in Ireland, 7-5 in Germany and 7-6 in Austria. It's the album's third run at No. 1, where it has been doing battle with Moby's "Hotel" (Mute), which falls 1-3 this week. Universal Music International puts total European shipments of "Massacre" at 800,000, half of them in the United Kingdom.
New at No. 2 on Top 100 Albums is Garbage's "Bleed Like Me" (A&E/Warner Bros.), which matches the debut of the band's last album, 2001's "beautifulgarbage." The new set arrives at No. 4 in the United Kingdom, on sales of 27,000, and at No. 6 in France. Currently touring in North America, Garbage is due to play the Download Festival on June 10 in Donington, England.
Up 12-6 on Top 100 Albums is Basement Jaxx's "The Singles" (XL Recordings). The U.K. dance collective benefits from TV advertising to climb 3-1 in its fourth week on the British chart. The compilation, the group's first No. 1, had British sales up to last Saturday of 171,000 units.
Debuting at No. 7 on the pan-European chart is "Live In Hamburg" (SPV) by German metal quartet Böhse Onkelz. The band's 17th album, it's new at No. 1 in Germany and No. 7 in Austria.
U.S. rapper Akon continues his European progress with a 22-11 climb on Top 100 Albums for "Trouble" (SRC/Universal). The set is No. 2 in its 11th week on the U.K. chart, where over the last month it has improved steadily from No. 31. The U.K. accounts for half of the album's European shipment total of 400,000 units, according to UMI.
Mario's "Let Me Love You" (J/Sony BMG) starts a fourth week atop Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, climbing 5-2 in Italy, 4-3 in Flanders and 7-6 in Austria. The single also maintains top-five placings in Germany, Holland, Denmark, Ireland and Switzerland.
With 50 Cent's "Candy Shop" holding at No. 2 on the Eurochart, the prime mover is "1, 2 Step" (LaFace) by Ciara featuring Missy Elliott, which vaults 23-3. It holds at No. 6 in Switzerland and No. 7 in Germany and debuts at No. 3 in both the United Kingdom (with 26,000 units) and Ireland.
Finally, erstwhile Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler has a No. 1 single in Spain with "The Trawlerman's Song," from his Mercury album "Shangri-La."