One Warner Bros. act replaces another at the European Top 100 Albums summit as Linkin Park's "Minutes To Midnight" (Machine Shop/Warner Bros.) succeeds Michael Bublé's "Call Me Irresponsible" (Reprise) at No. 1.

In the process, the rock act secures a weighty ten individual top berths, in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden, Norway and Finland.

The Californian band's heavy footprint across Europe also includes No. 2 debuts in Holland, Spain and Denmark and No. 3 in Portugal, as well as climbs of 7-2 and 8-3 in the Belgian regions of Flanders and Wallony, respectively.

The arrival is even more impressive than that of Linkin Park's last studio album "Meteora," which had the first of four consecutive weeks at the top of the pan-European survey in April 2003, after seven No. 1 debuts. Initial U.K. sales of "Midnight" are 94,501, precisely 615 copies more than those for "Meteora." The new set's lead track "What I've Done" is down 4-14 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.

Despite Bublé's descent to No. 2 overall, "Irresponsible" holds up well in its third chart week, holding at No. 1 in Holland and climbing 6-4 in Flanders and 9-5 in Sweden.

The next arrival on Top 100 Albums is Rufus Wainwright's "Release The Stars" (Geffen) at No. 8, dwarfing the performance of any of his four previous studio releases. In the United Kingdom, it's in at a career-best No. 2 on sales of 28,000, also arriving at No. 4 in Norway. The single "Going To A Town" climbs 68-54 on the U.K. chart.

Welsh rock band Funeral For A Friend also makes its best showing to date on the British album chart, opening at No. 3 with sales of 25,000 for its third album "Tales Don't Tell Themselves." The album, which hits No. 11 on the composite survey, includes the single "Into Oblivion (Reunion)," which reached No. 16 on the U.K. chart last week.

Megadeth returns to Top 100 Albums at No. 15 with "United Abominations" (Roadrunner). The veteran metal act's best European market is Finland, with a No. 2 debut. In the United Kingdom, it's new at No. 23, its best ranking since "Youthanasia/Hidden Treasure" reached No. 6 in 1994. Megadeth has career sales of close to 20 million, according to Roadrunner.

Veteran English vocalist Joe Cocker races 59-19 on the aggregate chart with "Hymn For My Soul" (Capitol). Cocker is a longtime favorite in much of Europe but the new album represents a significant upswing in his fortunes at home. Its No. 9 entry there, on sales of 17,000, equals Cocker's best-ever ranking for a new studio set in his home country, when "Have A Little Faith" reached No. 9 in 1994. "Hymn" received a major promotional boost from a performance on the mass-audience TV chat show "Parkinson" May 12.

Beyoncé & Shakira's "Beautiful Liar" (World Music/Columbia) begins its fourth week at No. 1 on the Eurochart, posting climbs of 3-1 in Greece and 11-4 in Norway. The Eurochart's top three is unchanged, with Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend" (RCA) and Timbaland's "Give It To Me" (Interscope), featuring Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake, again at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Maroon 5 gets the chart's biggest climber, as "Makes Me Wonder" (A&M/Octone/Interscope) rises 34-4 after a 19-2 climb in the United Kingdom.

The top new entry on the Eurochart is Mark Medlock's "Now Or Never" (Columbia), at No. 6 after debuting at No. 1 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The 28-year-old singer from Frankfurt won the fourth season of "Deutschland Sucht Den Superstar" May 5, and is due to release the album "Mr.Lonely" next month.

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