Bon Jovi and Rihanna extend their winning runs at the top of Billboard's pan-European sales charts, published today.
The long-running rock band's "Lost Highway" (Universal Island) gets a third week at the helm of European Top 100 Albums.
Meanwhile, the Barbadian R&B chanteuse Rihanna moves into her fifth week at No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles with "Umbrella," featuring Jay-Z.
"Lost Highway" thus outdoes Bon Jovi's last two studio releases "Have A Nice Day," which had two weeks atop the pan-European list in September-October 2005, and "Bounce," which led for a single week in 2002. The band's 2000 release "Crush" had a mighty seven weeks as Europe's No. 1.
The new set enjoys a third week at No. 1 in Austria and Switzerland, climbs 24-4 in Hungary and 13-5 in Denmark and debuts at No. 5 in Greece. The single "(You Want To) Make A Memory" climbs 33-17 on the Eurochart after rising 13-9 in Germany, holding at No. 3 in Austria and debuting at No. 33 in the United Kingdom.
Linkin Park's "Minutes To Midnight" (Machine Shop/Warner Bros.) is back up 3-2 on Top 100 Albums, helped by climbs of 7-5 in Italy and 12-10 in Spain.
Rihanna's "Good Girl Gone Bad" also moves back in the right direction, 5-3, after edging up 3-2 in Ireland and Switzerland and 5-4 in Germany.
Meanwhile, Rihanna's "Umbrella" is in its seventh week at No. 1 in Britain, on total sales of 282,000, according to charts compiler the Official U.K. Charts Company. The single also leads the way again in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Ireland and the Belgian region of Flanders.
Kelly Clarkson's third album "My December" (RCA) is the highest new entry on the pan-European chart at No. 5, after a No. 2 debut in the United Kingdom on sales of 40,000. It's also new at No. 4 in Ireland and No. 5 in Germany and Switzerland. That compares to a much slower build for its predecessor "Breakaway," which hit the survey in the summer of 2005 but didn't reach No. 3 until the following March.
Birmingham, England modern rock band Editors achieves a No. 9 start on the composite chart. The chart effort is triggered by its first local No. 1 with its second album "An End Has A Start" (Kitchenware/Columbia). The set also arrives at No. 2 in Holland, and additionally climbs 18-5 in Flanders. Opening U.K. sales of 59,000 were helped by the top ten success last week of opening single "Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors," which now dips 7-15.
Elsewhere on the Eurochart, Enrique Iglesias moves into runner-up spot with "Do You Know? (The Ping Pong Song)" (Interscope). It's up 5-2 after debuting at No. 6 in Germany and climbing 4-2 in Ireland, 21-4 in Switzerland and 6-4 in Sweden. The track logs a third week at No. 3 in the United Kingdom and a second at No. 3 in Holland.
French singer-actor Christophe Willem is up again 4-3 on the Eurochart with "Double Je" (Vogue), holding at No. 1 in France and rising 3-1 in Wallony.
Lebanese-born, London-based Mika has another European hit, as "Relax, Take It Easy," the current international single from his "Life In Cartoon Motion" album, rises 8-4 overall. It's No. 2 in four markets (Italy, Switzerland, Flanders and Wallony) and No. 3 in Norway. "Relax" climbs 8-4 in Austria and 6-4 in Germany. The track peaked outside the published top 75 of the U.K. chart at No. 104 last September, before the massive New Year success of "Grace Kelly." In that market, "Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)" is lined up as Mika's next single on July 23.