There are new leaders on both of Billboard's pan-European sales charts, as Bruce Springsteen's "Magic" (Columbia) opens atop European Top 100 Albums and Sean Kingston's "Beautiful Girls" (Beluga Heights/Epic) climbs 4-1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.
The Springsteen album sells 77,000 in the United Kingdom to become his seventh No. 1 album there, and also starts at the summit in Italy, Spain, Austria, Ireland, Norway and Denmark. "Magic" is new at No. 2 in Sweden and Holland, No. 3 in Germany and France and No. 4 in Finland, climbing 12-3 in the Belgian region of Flanders. The single "Radio Nowhere" holds at No. 2 in Norway.
It's only four months since Springsteen debuted at No. 5 on Top 100 Albums with "Live In Dublin." His last studio recording, "We Shall Overcome - The Seeger Sessions," debuted at No. 1 on the composite chart in May last year, as did "Devils & Dust" a year earlier. "The Rising" climbed to the top in the summer of 2002.
James Blunt's "All The Lost Souls" (Custard/Atlantic) falls to No. 2 after two weeks at the pan-European helm, despite a No. 1 debut in Greece and a 3-1 climb in Wallony. Naturalized British singer-songwriter Katie Melua's third album "Pictures" (Dramatico) makes a No. 3 start overall, after opening at No. 1 in Holland, No. 2 in the United Kingdom, Germany and Norway, No. 3 in Switzerland and No. 5 in France. First-week U.K. sales of 53,000 compare to 120,000 for those of her sophomore set "Piece By Piece" in October 2005. Melua's career album sales there currently total 3.13 million.
Finnish symphonic metal quintet Nightwish is back on Top 100 Albums at No. 4 with "Dark Passion Play" (Roadrunner) after starting at No. 1 in Germany and Switzerland, No. 4 in Sweden, No. 5 in Holland and Austria and No. 6 in France. It begins a second week at No. 1 in Finland. "Play" is the band's first studio album with new lead vocalist Anette Olzon. Nightwish's last with her predecessor Tarja Turunen, "Once," debuted at No. 1 on Top 100 Albums in July 2004.
Foo Fighters' "Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace" (Roswell/RCA) falls from its No. 2 debut on the collective survey to No. 5, and Mark Knopfler's "Kill To Get Crimson" (Mercury) drops 3-6, although he does manage a 10-9 climb in Spain. Meanwhile Amy Winehouse dips 4-7 overall with "Back To Black" (Universal Island) and Luciano Pavarotti's "Pavarotti Forever" (Universal) reverses last week's move, falling 6-8.
Annie Lennox makes a No. 9 debut with "Songs of Mass Destruction" (RCA), logging a No. 3 start in Italy and beginning at No. 7 in the United Kingdom on sales of 25,000. That's down on the No. 3 start there for "Bare" in June 2003, via sales of 57,000.
Manu Chao's former No. 1 on Top 100 Albums, "La Radiolina" (Because), now falls 7-10 overall.
Kingston's single has taken seven weeks to reach the Eurochart summit, a sequence of 8-3-3-3-4-4-1. The new impetus for "Beautiful Girls" comes from a No. 2 debut in France; it's also up 8-4 in Austria. The track had four weeks at No. 1 in the United Kingdom last month.
The Eurochart's highest debut is the No. 7 arrival of Sugababes' "About You Now" (Universal Island). The track leads the way for a second week in the United Kingdom, where physical release helps a second-week sales total of 54,000 after it debuted at No. 1 there on downloads of 34,000.