EMI artists lead Billboard's pan-European sales charts again, with Coldplay moving into a ninth week at No. 1 on Top 100 Albums with "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" (Parlophone), and Katy Perry's "I Kissed A Girl" (Virgin) starting a second week atop Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.
Holland, France and the Belgian region of Wallony are the three markets in which the Coldplay album retains the No. 1 spot, but it also continues to hold top five rankings in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Greece, Portugal and Flanders. The single "Viva La Vida" is up 7-3 on the Eurochart, holds atop Nielsen MusicControl's European Radio Airplay chart and moves back 14-10 in the United Kingdom.
There's little movement in the top ten titles on Top 100 Albums, with Universal albums holding positions 2-6. Duffy's "Rockferry" (A&M/Universal) is at No.2 for a ninth straight week, Polydor/Universal's "Mamma Mia!" soundtrack is at No.3 again and Amy Winehouse's "Back To Black" (Universal Island) remains at No.4. Duffy's best move is 5-2 in Wallony, "Mamma Mia" is No.1 again in Greece, Denmark, Hungary, Norway, Austria and Switzerland, and Winehouse is up 4-2 in Greece.
Amy Macdonald's continuing expansion with "This Is The Life" (Mercury/Universal) in the German market, where it's up 5-4, fuels a 6-5 rise overall. That's a new peak in the Scottish singer-songwriter's 35th week on the pan-European chart. The title track single is up 7-5 in Germany and holds at the top in both Flanders and Wallony.
Abba's "Gold - Greatest Hits" (Polydor/Universal) dips 5-6 on Top 100 Albums as it falls 1-2 on the U.K. chart, but Madonna's 16th consecutive week in the aggregate top ten with "Hard Candy" (Warner Bros.) is marked by an 8-7 climb. Classical crossover vocalist Paul Potts also moves back up 9-8 with "One Chance" (Syco Music/Sony BMG), which tops the German chart for a fourth week.
The one new title on the pan-European album top ten, at No. 9, is Irish pop-rock trio the Script's self-titled debut set for Phonogenic/Sony BMG. That follows a No. 1 U.K. debut on sales of 54,000, while the single "The Man Who Can't Be Moved" is up 4-3 there, on the heels of a No. 15 hit in May with "We Cry." The album is also new at No. 1 in Ireland.
Kid Rock's "Rock 'n'Roll Jesus" (Atlantic/Warner Music) slips 7-10 overall, although it holds at No. 5 in Austria and Switzerland. The former Eurochart-topper "All Summer Long" is at No. 2 again on that chart, and No. 1 again in Austria and Ireland.
Two vintage U.S. rock acts of the late 1960s are enjoying particularly strong catalog sales in Europe. Sir Douglas Quintet's "Scandinavian Years" collection (Slagerfabrikkin/Universal) is up 4-2 in Norway, while Creedence Clearwater Revival races 30-2 in Holland with a "Collection" set and dips 2-3 in Denmark with a "Best Of," both on Universal.
Perry's hit continues to lead the Eurochart, with total U.K. sales to last weekend of 114,000 as it leads the way there for a second week. "Girl" is also up 3-1 in Switzerland, 2-1 in Denmark and 3-2 in Austria.