AC/DC starts a second week at the European Top 100 Albums summit with "Black Ice" (Columbia/Sony BMG), while Eurochart Hot 100 Singles welcomes a new No. 1 in Guru Josh Project's "Infinity 2008" (Bigcitybeats).
The AC/DC set loses pole position in the United Kingdom (where second-week sales of 45,000 help a running total to last weekend of 155,000), Ireland, France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Finland. But "Ice" is still set at No. 1 in Germany, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and the Belgian regions of Flanders and Wallony, and there's further good news in the form of a 7-1 climb in Poland and new entries at No. 1 in Hungary and Greece. Columbia puts worldwide shipments of the album so far at 5.3 million units.
Pink's "Funhouse" (LaFace/Sony BMG) is thus denied a chart-topping start on Top 100 Albums, arriving at No. 2 despite a winning start in the United Kingdom. It becomes the American singer's first bestseller there, on sales of 112,000, a dramatic improvement on an opening tally of just under 40,000 for its 2006 predecessor "I'm Not Dead." The new title also starts at No. 1 in Holland and Switzerland, No. 2 in Germany and Ireland, No. 3 in Austria, No. 4 in France, and rises 14-4 in Flanders.
In a busy pan-European top ten, the Walt Disney label's soundtrack to "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" climbs 14-3. It holds at No. 1 on the U.K.'s separate compilations chart and climbs 8-3 in Poland, 7-3 in Portugal and 10-6 in France while posting new entries at No. 1 in Austria, No. 3 in Germany, and holding at No. 2 in Spain.
Metallica's "Death Magnetic" (Vertigo/Universal) moves down 2-4 overall, dropping outside the U.K. top 40 for the first time, 32-46, in its eighth chart week. It maintains top five rankings in Greece, Poland and Hungary.
Four of the next five titles on Top 100 Albums are new, with Snow Patrol's "A Hundred Million Suns" (Fiction/Polydor/Universal) in at No. 5 after hitting No. 1 in Ireland and No. 2 in the United Kingdom. Initial U.K. sales of 100,000 compare with 126,000 for "Eyes Open" in 2006. The Irish rock band, formed in Scotland in the mid-1990s, is one of the few current U.K. acts able to claim consecutive million-selling album status, as "Eyes" has total sales of 2.1 million there and 2003's "The Final Straw" 1.6 million.
Longtime European favorite Anastacia arrives at No. 6 with "Heavy Rotation," her first album for Mercury after moving from Epic. It starts at No. 3 in Spain and Switzerland and No. 6 in Italy. The Chicago-born singer's three previous studio albums all received Platinum Europe awards from the IFPI for region-wide shipments in excess of a million, and the last, a self-titled 2004 set, logged an aggregate 14 weeks at the Top 100 Albums summit.
Amy Macdonald's "This Is The Life" (Vertigo/Universal), which climbed 7-3 overall last week, makes that move in reverse, despite improving 5-4 in Germany.
Veteran U.K. modern rock act the Cure returns to the pan-European chart at No. 8 with its 13th studio release, "4:13 Dream" (Suretone/Geffen/Universal), after opening in that position in France and Italy, and at No. 33 in its home territory. The band, which has four singles in this week's Spanish top ten, will headline at music weekly NME's Shockwaves show at London's 02 Arena Feb.26.
Georgian-British singer-songwriter Katie Melua, a European favorite since her 2003 emergence, opens at No. 9 with the hits retrospective "The Katie Melua Collection" (Dramatico). It's in at No. 4 in Holland, No. 5 in Switzerland, No. 8 in Portugal and No. 13 in the United Kingdom. Coldplay closes out the pan-European album top ten, slipping five places with "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" (Parlophone/EMI).
Acid house act Guru Josh, otherwise known as British producer Paul Walden, climbs 4-1 on the Eurochart with a remix of his 1990 U.K. hit, now credited to the Guru Josh Project. It slips a place from its U.K. entry at No. 3 last week, but is new at No. 1 in France, up 3-1 in Flanders, 12-2 in Wallony and 14-3 in Norway, also holding at No. 4 in Germany.