While Avril Lavigne starts a second week atop Billboard's European Top 100 Albums survey with "The Best Damn Thing" (RCA), there's a new champion on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, as "Beautiful Liar" (World Music/Columbia) by Beyoncé and Shakira climbs 4-1.
Lavigne's album loses its crown in the United Kingdom and Germany, falling 1-3 in both markets, and drops 1-2 in Ireland. But it is No. 1 for a second week in Italy and Austria, debuts at No. 3 in France and No. 9 in Spain, and climbs 6-4 in the Belgian region of Wallony, 13-4 in Poland and 18-9 in Portugal.
With Nelly Furtado's "Loose" (Mosley/Geffen) holding at No. 2 in its 46th week on the chart and climbing back 2-1 in Germany, Arctic Monkeys scores a No. 3 debut with its sophomore release "Favourite Worst Nightmare" (Domino). That follows a No. 1 start in the United Kingdom on opening sales of 227,000, a more than healthy total that is nevertheless dwarfed by the first-week tally of 363,000 enjoyed by its predecessor "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not" in late January 2006.
The Monkeys' second album also arrives at No. 1 in Ireland, Holland, Denmark and No. 2 (behind Furtado) in Germany. "Favourite Worst Nightmare" climbs 12-3 in Flanders. The single "Brianstorm" falls 8-15 on the Eurochart after a 2-7 dip in the United Kingdom, where chart rules allowing download-only sales of individual album tracks pave the way for 17 songs by the band, both new and catalog, to appear on the top 200 singles list. However, only two others from the new album appear inside the published top 75. "Brianstorm" also debuts at No. 10 in Spain.
Timbaland's "Shock Value" (Interscope) achieves a new peak in its fourth week on Top 100 Albums with a 17-7 climb, thanks to a No. 6 debut in Germany. The single "Give It To Me," featuring Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake, falls to No. 2 after topping the Eurochart for the last two weeks. However, it climbs 10-4 in Flanders and 10-9 in Italy, and edges back 3-2 in the United Kingdom.
DJ-producer-artist Mark Ronson's "Version" (Columbia) improves 10-9 on Top 100 Albums after holding at No. 2 in its second week on the U.K. chart. Sales of 31,000 there take its two-week tally to 76,000 units. The single "Stop Me" featuring Daniel Merriweather holds at No. 5 in the United Kingdom, but slips 18-19 on the Eurochart.
Also responding to U.K. sales with a pan-European top 10 spot, at No. 10, is Beyoncé's re-promoted "B'Day" (Columbia), which now includes "Beautiful Liar" as part of a two-CD "Deluxe Edition." The retooled version hits No. 8 in the United Kingdom with new sales of 17,000. The original "B'Day" debuted and peaked at No. 3 both in the United Kingdom and on Top 100 Albums last September.
"Beautiful Liar" tops the U.K. singles chart for a second week, adding 35,000 new sales to last week's 37,000. It holds at No. 1 in Italy and Switzerland and debuts at No. 1 in Germany, No. 2 in Finland and No. 5 in Austria. It also climbs 12-1 in Holland and 13-2 in Flanders. The only bad news is a 1-3 fall in Ireland, where former Westlife member Brian McFadden enjoys a No. 1 debut with "Only A Woman Can" (BMF).