Floyd star's solo set opens at Euro chart peak.
There's a new No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums, as David Gilmour's third solo set "On An Island" (EMI) goes straight to the top for the vocalist/guitarist best-known as a member of Pink Floyd. "Island" opens at No. 1 in the United Kingdom (on sales of 83,000), Italy and Norway, No. 2 in Austria, No. 3 in Holland, No. 4 in Portugal and Switzerland and No. 5 in Finland and Poland.
Mike Allen, senior VP of international marketing, EMI Music U.K. and Ireland, tells Billboard.biz that the album's initial pan-European shipments are approaching half a million units. "[Gilmour's] core fanbase has been mobilized," he notes, "but we feel there's much more to do as the project unfolds, and we now look to the European live shows to campaign around."
Gilmour and his band, including Floyd's Richard Wright and album co-producer Phil Manzanera, began their European itinerary last Friday (March 10). They play the Olympia in Paris tonight (March 16), and continue with dates in Germany, Holland and Italy running until March 26. Ten North American shows and a U.K. run will follow.
Challenging Gilmour for the European crown is "Amore" (Polydor) by Andrea Bocelli. Billed as the tenor's first set not to feature classical influences, it enjoys a 2-1 climb in Finland. The album debuts at No. 4 in both Italy and the United Kingdom, where it achieved sales of 32,000 units according to charts compiler the Official U.K. Charts Company. It's also new at No. 2 in Hungary and Sweden and climbs 13-6 in Spain. Total European shipments to date exceed 400,000, according to Universal Music Group International. In the Netherlands, where "Amore" falls 1-2, the duet single "Because We Believe" with Marco Borsato remains No. 1.
English newcomer Corinne Bailey Rae climbs 10-7 on Top 100 Albums with her self-titled debut, despite being deposed by Gilmour at the top of the British chart. Rae, who's in Austin, Texas for a show at South By Southwest tonight, still sells 67,000 copies in her second U.K. chart week and climbs 10-7 in Ireland.
"Das Grosse Leben" (Universal Island) by German pop duo Rosenstolz arrives on the composite European chart at No. 8, as a result of No. 1 debuts in Germany and Austria. The single "Ich Bin Ich (Wir Sind Wir)" holds at No. 3 in Germany and climbs 7-5 in Austria, fuelling a 12-11 move on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.
Van Morrison's new country-themed set "Pay the Devil" (Lost Highway/Universal) debuts at No. 12 on Top 100 Albums after a No. 8 start in the United Kingdom. Sales there are 20,000 in an initial pan-European shipment of about 150,000, UMGI says.
Madonna's "Sorry" (Warner Bros.) is the region's favorite single for a second week, maintaining its lead on the Eurochart after holding down top spot in Italy and climbing 2-1 in Hungary. "Sorry" is also up 8-4 in Denmark, 5-4 in Switzerland and 6-5 in Finland and Ireland.
Two singles climb into the Eurochart top ten. "La Boulette" (Capitol) by Diam's moves 14-6 after jumping 4-2 in France. The female rapper was born in Cyprus in 1980 but moved to the suburbs of Paris at the age of four. Californian band Orson's "No Tomorrow" (Mercury) is up 22-9 in Europe after moving 5-2 in the United Kingdom.