In a double victory for EMI, Kylie Minogue's "Aphrodite" (Parlophone) makes a No.1 debut on Billboard's European Albums chart while "California Gurls," (Virgin) by Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg starts a second week atop Hot 100 Singles.
Minogue's new set leads the way in the United Kingdom (on sales of 79,000, according to the Official Charts Co) and debuts at No. 2 in Switzerland, No. 3 in Germany, France and Austria, No. 4 in the Netherlands and No. 5 in Ireland. It also climbs 3-2 in Spain and 11-3 and 6-4 in the Belgian regions of Wallony and Flanders respectively. The Australian star's last album "X" debuted at No. 5 on the pan-European chart in late 2007; four years earlier, "Body Language" opened at No. 9.
"Recovery" (Interscope/Universal), No. 1 Europe-wide for the last two weeks, falls one place, despite climbing 3-2 in Norway and holding at No. 1 in Ireland and Switzerland and No. 2 in Germany and the Netherlands. It also falls 1-2 in the United Kingdom and Austria, but the single "Love The Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna, is up 15-11 on Hot 100 Singles.
Miley Cyrus' "Can't Be Tamed" (Hollywood/Universal) and Lady Gaga's "The Fame" (Interscope/Universal) are also down one rung each on the collective chart. Cyrus is still No. 1 in Portugal and up 11-8 in Norway, but down 1-3 in Spain; Gaga climbs 6-4 in Austria.
Gaga's Interscope labelmate Enrique Iglesias debuts at No. 5 overall with "Euphoria," after starting at No. 1 in Spain, No. 5 in Holland and Switzerland, No. 6 in the United Kingdom (with first-week sales of 20,000) and No. 10 in France and Ireland. Lead track "I Like It," featuring Pitbull, falls 11-16 on Hot 100 Singles.
David Guetta's "One Love" (Virgin/EMI) falls 5-6 and the Scissor Sisters' "Night Work" (Polydor/Universal) 4-7 on European Albums. Guetta does, however, rise 7-6 in Spain, 15-10 in Switzerland, 21-19 in Germany and 22-20 in Portugal. "Night Work" makes a second-week fall of 2-4 in the United Kingdom.
Industrial/synth-rock band Unheilig's "Grosse Freiheit" (Universal) spends a third week at No. 8 overall, notching another week at No. 1 in Germany, as Katie Melua's "The House" (Dramatico) descends 7-9 on the composite chart and 2-4 in Switzerland. Plan B's "The Defamation of Strickland Banks" (679/Atlantic/Warner Music) completes the European Albums top 10 by rebounding 17-10, adding a further 23,000 U.K. sales for a 4-3 rise.
Perry's single falls 1-2 in the United Kingdom but continues at No. 1 in Ireland and climbs 5-4 in Italy, 11-8 in France and 9-8 in Wallony. The highest new entry on Hot 100 Singles, at No. 8, is "The Club Is Alive" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainent) by U.K. pop band JLS, which debuts at No. 1 there, selling 84,000 units, and also hitting No. 4 in Ireland.