Norah Jones strengthens her hold at the top of European Top 100 Albums, starting a second week at No. 1 with "Feels Like Home" and moving 4-3 with her 2002 debut "Come Away With Me" (both Blue Note/Pa
Norah Jones strengthens her hold at the top of European Top 100 Albums, starting a second week at No. 1 with "Feels Like Home" and moving 4-3 with her 2002 debut "Come Away With Me" (both Blue Note/Parlophone). The new set adds entries at No. 1 in Sweden and Switzerland and a 2-1 climb in Poland while continuing to top charts in the U.K., Germany, France, Holland, Italy, Portugal, Belgium, Denmark, Ireland and Austria.
The only European territory in which "Home" loses its lead is Norway, where it is replaced at No. 1 by "The Essential Simon & Garfunkel" (Columbia). "Come Away," meanwhile, continues its remarkable resurgence, climbing 19-5 in Switzerland and 6-5 in Austria. The aggregate No. 3 is its highest overall ranking since last September.
OutKast's "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" (Arista) and the Darkness' "Permission to Land" (Must Destroy/Atlantic) are the big climbers in the composite top 10, climbing 15-6 and 37-9 respectively. Both acts were helped by appearances at the Brit Awards in London Feb. 17.
Other Brits participants and/or winners such as Black Eyed Peas, Jamie Cullum and Lemar also benefit in the U.K. chart, while Duran Duran's 1998 compilation "Greatest" (EMI) re-enters at No. 4 there after the group was recognized with the Outstanding Contribution to British Music award. But despite the widespread exposure afforded by coverage of the awards, total album sales in the U.K. drop 21.8% from the previous week.
The highest new entry on European Top 100 Albums, at No. 10, is "Wahrheit Oder Pflicht" by long-running German hard rock act Oomph! (Gun Supers/BMG), following No. 2 debuts in both Germany and Austria. It arrives in the wake of a major hit single for the act with "Augen Auf," which continues at No. 1 in Germany and falls 1-2 in Austria, moving up 10-8 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.
Black Eyed Peas' "Shut Up" (A&M) again tops that chart, holding at No. 1 in Switzerland, with No. 2 rankings in France, Italy and Norway. Double Brit Award-winner Busted enters the Eurochart at No. 6 (and its native U.K. at No. 1 on sales of 30,000 units) with "Who's David" (Universal Island). Its previous single "Crashed the Wedding," which topped the British chart last November, is a new entry at No. 6 in Spain.
Rock band Keane, from East Sussex in southern England -- widely-tipped for 2004 success by British media -- debuts at No. 3 locally and No. 12 on the Eurochart with debut single "Somewhere Only We Know" (Universal Island).