Pioneering British electro act the Prodigy makes a bold return to European Top 100 Albums, debuting at No. 1 with its fifth studio set, "Invaders Must Die" (Takemetothehospital). Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" (Interscope/Universal) leads Eurochart Hot 100 Singles for a second week.
The Prodigy was last on the pan-European chart with its final XL Recordings release, "Their Law - The Singles 1990-2005," which arrived at No. 6 in October 2005. Its last studio release, "Always Outnumbered Never Outgunned," debuted at No. 2 in September 2004. The new album sells 97,000 for a chart-topping start in the United Kingdom (up on the 79,000 for the 2005 compilation) and also hits No. 1 in Switzerland, No. 3 in Germany, Holland and Ireland, No. 5 in Austria and climbs 22-4 in the Belgian region of Flanders.
After four weeks atop the pan-European chart, Bruce Springsteen's "Working On A Dream" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) falls to No. 2. It cedes top spot in Sweden and Denmark, but is still No. 1 in Spain, Norway and Greece. Lady Gaga's "The Fame" reaches a new peak, climbing 7-3 overall after moving 11-3 in Austria and 7-5 in the United Kingdom. It's down 2-4 in Denmark and 1-2 in Ireland, where local favorite Bell XI debuts at No. 1 with "Blue Lights on the Runway" (Belly Up).
Kings of Leon's "Only By The Night" (Hand Me Down/Sony Music Entertainment) falls 3-4 on Top 100 Albums and 1-2 in the United Kingdom, but improves 6-4 in Ireland. It's a landmark week for Duffy, whose "Rockferry" (A&M/Universal) celebrates a year on the Europe-wide chart with an 8-5 climb. It's up 11-10 in Greece and holds at No. 4 in the United Kingdom and No. 5 in Denmark.
Peter Fox's "Stadtaffe" (Downbeat/Warner Music) climbs 10-6, the same move it made two weeks ago, after heading back 2-1 in Germany and Austria. His extensive German tour continues tonight (March 5) in Frankfurt. Descending the pan-European top ten are Lily Allen's "It's Not Me, It's You" (Parlophone/EMI), 5-7, and Mando Diao's "Give Me Fire!" (Musica Dela Santa), now at No. 8 after debuting at No. 4 last week. Its single "Dance With Somebody" descends 8-16 on the Eurochart.
Coldplay holds steady at No. 9 on the composite chart with the former No. 1 "Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends" (Parlophone/EMI), which races 31-7 in France. Seal is down 6-10 Europe-wide with "Soul" (Warner Bros.), which falls 1-3 in France and 1-2 in Wallony. Warner puts worldwide sales of the album at two million, and says "Soul" is France's biggest-selling album of the year to date. Seal has just announced his first U.K. tour in over five years, a five-date itinerary starting June 22.
"Poker Face" keeps its Eurochart crown with the help of a No. 2 debut in Germany and moves of 3-1 in Austria, 2-1 in France, Flanders and Ireland and 15-3 in the United Kingdom (on sales of 32,000 there). Kelly Clarkson's "My Life Would Suck Without You" (19/Sony Music Entertainment) is the highest arrival on the Eurochart, at No. 3, becoming her first U.K. No. 1 on sales of 51,000 copies. It's also up 6-2 in Sweden.