Green Day's "American Idiot" (Reprise) begins a fifth week at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums, after another impressive sales period across the region. The set moves 3-1 in Switzerland and 2-1 in Swe
Green Day's "American Idiot" (Reprise) begins a fifth week at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums, after another impressive sales period across the region. The set moves 3-1 in Switzerland and 2-1 in Sweden and holds at No. 1 in Austria; it also climbs 4-3 in Germany and Greece, 5-4 in France and Denmark and 9-5 in Norway.
U2's "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" (Universal Island) holds firm in second place on Top 100 Albums. It's still No. 1 in Holland and climbs 7-4 in Sweden, 10-9 in Italy and 14-10 in the United Kingdom.
The highest debut on Top 100 Albums belongs to British modern rock newcomer Bloc Party, at No. 6 with "Silent Alarm." The album's European success is prompted by a No. 3 debut in the United Kingdom, where it is released by the independent Wichita label and distributed by Pinnacle.
Bloc Party has been hailed by some as "the next Franz Ferdinand." That group’s eponymous debut album on Domino Recordings is still holding steady at No. 16 on the aggregate chart and at No. 4 in Britain.
In the wake of Ray Charles' posthumous success at the 2005 Grammy Awards, his "Genius Loves Company" (Concord) wins new attention in Europe, climbing 57-14 on Top 100 Albums. The main activity is in Austria, where the duets set soars 42-4. "Genius" reached No. 2 in its third week on Top 100 Albums last September.
The only other top-20 debut is 3 Doors Down's "Seventeen Days" (Universal). It's new at No. 20 in Europe following a No. 6 start in Germany.
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles has a new leader, as Jennifer Lopez's "Get Right" (Epic) enters in pole position. It does the same in Italy and the United Kingdom; in the latter territory, it is the biggest selling single of the year, with almost 50,000 units. The single also opens at No. 3 in France, Holland, Denmark and Switzerland; No. 4 in Spain; and No. 7 in Germany.
Elvis Presley's latest RCA reissue in the United Kingdom, "Surrender," bows there at No. 2, good for a No. 8 debut on the Eurochart. The label's latest Presley compilation, "Love Elvis," holds at No. 8 in Britain.