Placebo's sixth studio album "Battle For The Sun" (Dreambrother/PIAS) gives the long-running modern rock trio an instant No. 1 on Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart. Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" (Interscope/Universal), deposed at the top of European Hot 100 Singles last week after a 15-week reign, moves back to the summit.
Placebo's album, its first since leaving Virgin/EMI and pacting with PIAS, repeats the chart-topping debut of its 2006 predecessor "Meds." The new set starts at the top in France, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, climbs 2-1 in the Belgian regions of Flanders and Wallony. "Sun" also debuts at No. 2 in Finland, No. 5 in Italy and Holland and No. 8 in the United Kingdom, where opening sales of 16,000 compare with 28,000 for "Meds."
Black Eyed Peas' "The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies)" (Interscope/Universal) is a new entry at No. 2 on the pan-European chart. Containing "Boom Boom Pow," which topped the European Hot 100 last week, the album is new at No. 2 in Germany and France, No. 3 in the United Kingdom (with 30,000 sales), No. 4 in Switzerland and No. 5 in Austria.
Green Day's "21st Century Breakdown" (Reprise/Warner Music), No. 1 for the last two weeks on Top 100 Albums, falls to No. 3, losing its final chart-topping berth in Austria. Eminem is also down two rungs with "Relapse" (Interscope/Universal) to No. 4 overall, and 1-2 in Ireland.
The album that replaces it at No. 1 there, Paolo Nutini's "Sunny Side Up" (Atlantic/Warner Music), falls 4-5 on the aggregate chart. It's down 1-2 in the United Kingdom but new at No. 3 in Switzerland. After two weeks at No. 3 overall, Eros Ramazzotti is down to No. 6 with "Ali e Radici" (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment), although it's on top for a third week in Italy and up 6-2 in Hungary.
The week's big pan-European album climber is Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band's "Greatest Hits" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment). The compilation, out just ahead of a European tour by the Boss and his band that begins June 27 at the U.K.'s Glastonbury Festival, is up 38-7, with a collection of high debuts including No. 3 in Ireland, No. 4 in Holland and No. 7 in the United Kingdom, on 17,000 sales. The compilation, which supercedes a 1995 collection of the same name, is also up 5-3 in Denmark and Norway and 27-5 in Sweden.
English rock outfit Kasabian charts at No. 8 on Top 100 Albums with its third set, "West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment). That follows a strong No. 1 debut in the United Kingdom (the band's second in a row, after 2006's "Empire') on sales of 98,000. "Asylum," which includes last week's No.3 U.K. hit single "Fire," is also new at No. 4 in Ireland. Kasabian's U.K. dates extend through the summer and the band plays the Academy, Glasgow tonight (June 18).
Lady Gaga's "The Fame" is down 5-9 on the Europe-wide survey, while the "Hannah Montana - The Movie" soundtrack (Walt Disney/EMI) slips a place to No. 10, despite a 12-6 climb in Germany.
With 16 weeks in total atop the European Hot 100, "Poker Face" is now the longest-running pan-European No. 1 single since Kylie Minogue's "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" (Parlophone), which completed 16 consecutive weeks at the peak in January 2002. A new challenge to Lady Gaga on the Hot 100 comes from French vocalist Helmut Fritz, whose "Ca M'Enerve" (Dust In) is up 6-3 after climbing 2-1 in France and 4-3 in Wallony.
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