Linkin Park begins week number four at the peak of Billboard’s composite European Top 100 Albums chart with “Minutes to Midnight” (Machine Shop/Warner Bros.). It thus equals the achievement of its studio predecessor “Meteora,” which had four straight weeks at the European peak in April 2003.

The current album shows stamina in Germany, Austria and Greece, holding at No. 1 in all three territories, and stays at No. 2 in the Belgian region of Flanders. It also holds at No. 5 in Portugal but falls 1-5 in Spain and 2-9 in the United Kingdom.

New challenges to Linkin Park’s lead come from Marilyn Manson and Paul McCartney. Manson’s “Eat Me, Drink Me” jumps onto Top 100 Albums at No.2, fuelled by starts of No. 2 in Austria, No. 4 in Germany, No. 5 in France, No. 7 in Italy and Spain and No. 8 in the United Kingdom (on sales of 16,000). “Lest We Forget -- The Best of Marilyn Manson” (Interscope) debuted at No. 5 on the composite chart in October 2004.

McCartney’s “Memory Almost Full,” his debut for Starbucks’ Hearmusic label, bows at No. 3 overall, mirroring the arrival of his last pop album “Chaos and Creation in the Backyard” in September 2005. It improves on the No. 10 entry of “Chaos” on the U.K. chart with a No.5 start, although opening sales are 1,000 behind that album’s 22,000. Elsewhere, “Memory” is new at No. 2 in Denmark, No. 3 in Sweden, No. 4 in Norway and No. 8 in Italy. The European single from the set, “Dance Tonight,” is released next Monday (18).

“Live in Dublin” (Columbia) by Bruce Springsteen and the Sessions Band makes a No. 5 start on Top 100 Albums, buoyed by a No. 1 debut in the country where the live set was recorded, Ireland. It’s also new at No. 2 in Norway, No. 3 in Spain, No. 4 in Holland and Italy and No. 5 in Denmark.

Dream Theater is back on the pan-European album chart at No. 7 with “Systematic Chaos” (Roadrunner). The hard rock outfit from New York is new at No. 2 in both Holland and Italy, No. 3 in both Norway and Finland, and No. 7 in Germany. Its June 2005 album “Octavarium” (Atlantic) arrived at No. 16 on Top 100 Albums.

Barbadian R&B chanteuse Rihanna opens at No. 10 on the aggregate list with “Good Girl Gone Bad” (SRP/Def Jam/Universal) after a No. 1 debut in the United Kingdom on sales of 53,000. It’s also in at No. 3 in Ireland. The British entry completes a notable double for Rihanna as her “Umbrella” single featuring Jay-Z spends a fourth week atop the singles chart there, with total sales of 181,000.

That helps “Umbrella” towards a second week at No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles. The track is also still No. 1 in Germany, Denmark, Norway and Ireland, holds at No. 3 in Austria and No. 5 in Sweden and climbs 13-4 in Flanders.

Nelly Furtado’s “Say It Right” (Mosley/Geffen) is up 3-2 on the Eurochart after climbing 7-6 in Germany and 9-8 in Italy, also holding at No. 3 in France. Its parent album “Loose” marks its first anniversary on Top 100 Albums, but falls 3-8 overall in its 52nd week.

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