Coldplay's "X&Y" (Parlophone) moves into its 13th week at the top of European Top 100 Albums, but there's finally a new No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, where James Blunt's "You're Beautiful" (
Coldplay's "X&Y" (Parlophone) moves into its 13th week at the top of European Top 100 Albums, but there's finally a new No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, where James Blunt's "You're Beautiful" (Atlantic) ends the 11-week reign of Crazy Frog's "Axel F" (Mach1).
"X&Y" climbs 9-8 in Austria, but its current highest ranking is at No. 4 in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Sweden. The single "Speed of Sound" improves 8-7 in Spain; its successor "Fix You" was released in the United Kingdom on Monday (Sept. 5). The band's "Twisted Logic" tour continues through North America this month, as Parlophone reports that the album has been No. 1 in a total of 32 countries worldwide.
Blunt's "Back To Bedlam" holds at No. 2 on Top 100 Albums, moving 2-1 in Switzerland, 5-3 in Holland and holding at No. 1 in Denmark, Norway and Ireland. But its eight-week run at the top of the British chart is ended by boy band McFly's sophomore release "Wonderland" (Universal Island), which sells 71,000 units in its first week. The set, which includes their recent U.K. No. 1 single "I'll Be OK," opens on Top 100 Albums at No. 9.
The top new entry on the composite album chart, at No. 3, is Eric Clapton's "Back Home" (Reprise). Although it makes a modest start at No. 19 in the United Kingdom, on sales of 14,000 copies, it's new at No. 2 in Germany, No. 4 in Italy, Switzerland and Denmark and No. 10 in Spain. Clapton's "Me and Mr.Johnson" album started at No. 5 on Top 100 Albums in late March 2004.
Kanye West's "Late Registration" (Roc-A-Fella) is next to arrive on the aggregate chart at No. 6, after a No. 2 debut in the United Kingdom with sales of 67,000, some 4,000 behind McFly. The album also arrives at No. 2 in Ireland and No. 4 in Norway.
Iron Maiden's new live set "Death on the Road" (EMI) debuts at No. 12 overall, buoyed by the success of the single "The Trooper," which moves to the top of the Spanish chart, 2-1, and opens at No. 8 in Italy. The album's British debut is at a restrained No. 22, with sales of 13,000 units.
Blunt's single is in descent in his native Britain, but is now certified silver for shipments of 200,000 there. Only one other single on the current U.K. singles top 75 chart has a sales certification: Tony Christie's "(Is This The Way To) Amarillo" (UMTV), which is platinum for 600,000 shipments and this week spends a 25th week on the chart, falling 54-63. "You're Beautiful" enters the Swedish chart at No. 2 and in France and Germany at No. 5, holds at No. 2 in Switzerland and No. 3 in Denmark and Holland.
"Animated" British act Gorillaz get their first local No. 1 with "Dare" (Parlophone), leading to a Eurochart entry at No. 4. The second single from its "Demon Days" album sells 26,000 copies to debut at the top, while the album slips back 7-9 there and 8-11 on Top 100 Albums. "Days" climbs 8-5 in Denmark.