Bon Jovi underlines its ever-reliable sales strength throughout Europe with a No. 1 debut for its new "Lost Highway" set (Universal Island) on European Top 100 Albums.
The band also went straight to the top of the composite survey with its previous three studio releases, "Have a Nice Day" in 2005, "Bounce" in 2002 and "Crush" in 2000.
"Lost Highway" starts at the top in Germany, Switzerland and Holland, as did "Have a Nice Day," and the new album adds a fourth No. 1 debut, in Austria. As last time, the band achieves a No. 2 entry in the United Kingdom, greatly improving on the 54,000 sales of the 2005 set by selling an opening 79,000. It's also in at No. 5 in Ireland.
Rihanna continues to enjoy Europe-wide success, climbing 10-3 on Top 100 Albums with "Good Girl Gone Bad" (Def Jam) as "Umbrella," featuring Jay-Z, moves into a third week at No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles. The album enters at No. 3 in Austria, No. 4 in Germany and climbs 3-2 in Ireland and 16-6 in Poland, while the single climbs 3-1 in Austria, 9-3 in Italy and 5-4 in Holland and enters at No. 5 in Finland, as well as continuing its chart-topping runs in Switzerland, Denmark, Norway and the United Kingdom, where sales to last weekend total 220,000.
A notable reissue package achieves a No. 4 debut on Top 100 Albums. "Collection" (Rhino/Warner Bros.) by erstwhile supergroup the Traveling Wilburys compiles the band's two original (and long deleted) albums, b-sides and unreleased tracks, while a deluxe edition adds DVD material. It's in at No. 1 in the United Kingdom (with sales of 110,000), Norway and Ireland, No. 2 in Denmark and No. 9 in Spain.
Queens of the Stone Age open at No. 5 on Top 100 Albums with "Era Vulgaris" (Interscope). It appears at No. 4 in Austria and Switzerland, No. 5 in Germany and Norway and No. 7 in the United Kingdom, and climbs 8-2 in the Belgian region of Flanders. The band's last album "Lullabies to Paralyse" entered the aggregate chart at No. 2 in March 2005.
Nelly Furtado's "Loose" (Mosley/Geffen) starts its second year on Top 100 Albums with an 8-6 overall climb in its 53rd week on the survey, while the last of four newcomers to the composite Top 10 is the new compilation "The Police" (A&M). The double-CD set, released to mark the reunited trio's touring activity, opens at No. 10 after arriving at No. 3 in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The European leg of the Police's tour begins in Stockholm August 29.
Another compilation being promoted around a classic rock tour, Genesis' "Turn it on Again -- The Hits" (Virgin), is up 29-16 on Top 100 Albums. It's an enhanced version of a 1999 retrospective, now augmented as a double CD release in the United Kingdom, where it's up 14-5 on sales of 34,000. Genesis' European tour continues in Katowice, Poland tonight (Thursday).
The top new entry on the Eurochart is French TV talent series "Star Academy" graduate Gregory Lemarchal's "De Temps En Temps" (Mercury). Debuts at No. 1 in France and No. 3 in Wallony fuel a No. 4 start overall, while Lemarchal's "Olympia 2006" album dips 9-10 in France.