Norah Jones completes a remarkable double on European Top 100 Albums with her two Blue Note/Parlophone sets, holding at No. 1 with "Feels Like Home" while climbing back 3-2 with its forerunner, "Come
Norah Jones completes a remarkable double on European Top 100 Albums with her two Blue Note/Parlophone sets, holding at No. 1 with "Feels Like Home" while climbing back 3-2 with its forerunner, "Come Away With Me." The new album falls from the top spot in the United Kingdom and Italy, but climbs 5-3 in Spain and debuts at No. 3 in Greece, while retaining the No. 1 position in ten other countries. "Come Away" has regained top-three postings in Germany and Ireland.
In the United Kingdom, "Feels Like Home" is replaced at No. 1 by the album it succeeded there two weeks ago, singer-songwriter Katie Melua's "Call Off the Search" (Dramatico). Yet to be released elsewhere in Europe, "Search" nevertheless climbs 12-7 on Top 100 Albums. After selling its 600,000th copy in Britain last week, this week it shipped its one millionth, while single "Closest Thing to Crazy" remains inside the U.K. top-20 in its 13th chart week.
But overtaking Melua on the aggregate survey is another English teenager, Joss Stone, whose "The Soul Sessions" (Relentless/Virgin) is up 14-6. An excellent pan-European week for the album includes a No. 1 debut in Greece, climbs of 8-4 in Austria and 16-5 in Portugal and a No. 4 start in Germany.
Back in the overall top-10 is No Doubt's "The Singles 1992-2003" (Interscope), its 18-8 resurgence prompted chiefly by a 12-5 jump in the United Kingdom. A substantial climb on the British album chart of 14-3 helps Jamie Cullum's "Twentysomething" (UCJ) to a 48-14 improvement on the pan-European chart. Cullum's U.K. tour continues Monday (March 8) in Manchester, followed by North American dates starting March 16.
On Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, Black Eyed Peas' "Shut Up" (A&M) starts a 13th week at No. 1; taken together with its previous European chart-topper "Where Is the Love" of last October and November, it means the group has held the Eurochart No. 1 spot for all but three of the past 23 weeks.
Britney Spears, whose "Me Against the Music" with Madonna (Jive) is the only other track to top the Eurochart during that period, climbs 9-5 with the follow-up "Toxic," while her album "In the Zone" improves 15-13 overall. The single is No. 1 in Norway, No. 2 in Sweden and No. 4 in Germany among other top-10 rankings across the region, and is showing at No. 1 in midweek sales in the U.K. ahead of Sunday's chart publication.