There is still no shaking Coldplay from the summit of European Top 100 Albums, where "X&Y" (Parlophone) begins a sixth week. It's still No. 1 in Germany, Denmark and Switzerland and climbs 3-2 in
There is still no shaking Coldplay from the summit of European Top 100 Albums, where "X&Y" (Parlophone) begins a sixth week. It's still No. 1 in Germany, Denmark and Switzerland and climbs 3-2 in Italy. The single "Speed of Sound" is up 6-4 in Spain. In the United Kingdom, where "X&Y" holds at No. 2, the album was last week certified quadruple platinum for shipments of 1.2 million. "Fix You" will be released as the album's second single there Aug. 22.
Shakira's "Fijacion Oral Vol.1" (Epic) is No. 2 for a second week on the aggregate chart, a position it also holds in Germany, Spain and Switzerland. It's up 8-7 in France and the single "La Tortura," featuring Alejandro Sanz, stays at No. 7 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.
The British success story of the week, and arguably the year, is that of army captain turned singer-songwriter James Blunt, whose "Back To Bedlam" debut for Atlantic spends a second week at No. 3 on Top 100 Albums. “Back To Bedlam” is at No. 1 in the United Kingdom, where he completes his chart domination as the single "You're Beautiful" climbs 3-1 in its seventh chart week.
The last single to take longer than “You're Beautiful” to reach the top in Britain was "Heartbeat"/"Tragedy" (Jive) by erstwhile pop act Steps, which reached the peak in its eighth chart week in early 1999. Blunt's album has U.K. sales of 653,000 units, and also holds at No. 1 in Ireland. Its chart rollout across Europe is beginning in earnest, with a 12-3 climb in France.
Foo Fighters' "In Your Honor" (RCA) holds up well with a 5-4 rebound in its fifth week on the composite chart. Its highest individual European rating is at No. 5 in Ireland, but it's also back up 10-9 in the United Kingdom. After shows in Japan and Canada, the American rockers return to Europe for dates from mid-August, including the Reading and Leeds events that traditionally close the festival season there, on the weekend of Aug. 27-28.
Also holding up well on Top 100 Albums is Black Eyed Peas' "Monkey Business" (Interscope), which rises 9-5, its highest composite position since mid-June, shortly after release. It's up 6-5 in Switzerland, 9-6 in France and 9-7 in Portugal. The single "Don't Phunk With My Heart" falls 10-12 on the Eurochart.
No. 1 for the fifth week on the Eurochart is Crazy Frog's "Axel F" (Mach1), which has individual No. 1s in France, Switzerland and Spain. It falls 1-2 in Norway but rises 7-6 in Italy.
With Akon's "Lonely" (SRC/Universal) at No. 2 again on the composite singles list, 11-year-old Parisian singer Ilona Mitrecey's "Un Monde Parfait" (Scorpio) rises 4-3, regaining the peak it previously reached in two separate weeks in April.
Remarkably, the song has been in the top ten of the Eurochart for 20 consecutive weeks since its debut at No. 9 in March. It now rises 3-2 in France, 7-3 in Germany and 8-5 in Austria. The follow-up single "C'Est La Vacances" swaps places with it, 2-3, in France, and falls 8-10 on the Eurochart.