As Green Day starts a third week atop Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart with "21st Century Breakdown" (Reprise/Warner Music), Lady Gaga's 15-week reign over European Hot 100 Singles with "Poker Face" (Interscope/Universal) is finally ended by labelmates the Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Pow."
Green Day's album is now in descent in a number of European markets, such as the United Kingdom (3-7), France (8-10) and Sweden (2-3). But it more than compensates by holding at No. 1 in Austria, No. 2 in Germany and Italy and No. 3 in Switzerland and Ireland. The band's North American tour begins July 3, with a European leg commencing in Lisbon, Portugal Sept. 28.
An unchanged top three on the composite album chart has Eminem's "Relapse" (Interscope/Universal) in a third week at No. 2. It loses top place in the United Kingdom, where third-week sales of 31,000 bring its total to last weekend to 260,000, but holds at the summit in Ireland. "Relapse" is also steady at No. 2 in Switzerland and No. 4 in Sweden.
Eros Ramazzotti holds on to last week's pan-European debut ranking of No. 3 with "Ali e Radici" (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment). It's steady at No. 1 in Italy and Switzerland, No. 2 in Austria, No. 4 in Germany and up 7-4 in Denmark, and although it slips 5-8 in France, the album adds a No. 2 debut in Sweden.
Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini gets the week's highest debut on the Europe-wide chart with his sophomore set "Sunny Side Up" (Atlantic/Warner Music). His first set "These Streets" never bettered its No. 3 U.K. debut in July 2006, but spent an aggregate 15 weeks in the top ten there and has now sold 1 million copies. The follow-up takes the U.K. crown with opening sales of nearly 63,000 units and starts at No. 2 in Ireland. First single "Candy," which opened there at No. 19 two weeks ago, climbs back 30-27.
Lady Gaga's "The Fame" slips 4-5 overall, despite climbing 5-4 in Switzerland and 13-9 in Germany. The single "Poker Face," which hit the top of the European Hot 100 at the end of February, is toppled despite climbing 3-2 in Austria, 5-3 in Switzerland and 5-4 in Holland. "Boom Boom Pow," which had sat at No. 2 on the European Hot 100 for the last three weeks, takes over after moving back 2-1 in the United Kingdom, where it debuted three weeks ago before slipping into runner-up spot. It's also No. 1 again in the Belgian region of Wallony and up 6-3 in Germany and 7-4 in Switzerland.
Back on Top 100 Albums, Depeche Mode's "Sounds of the Universe" (Mute/EMI) is down 5-6, despite an 8-6 improvement in Germany. With singer Dave Gahan recovered from illness, the band resumed its European tour in front of 50,000 fans June 8 in Leipzig.
Paul Potts races back 35-7 on the composite chart with his second album "Passione" (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment) after a No. 5 U.K. start on sales of 17,000. That compares to the massive 128,000 opening sales there for "One Chance," the 2007 debut by the former "Britain's Got Talent" winner. "Passione" had debuted at No. 10 on the Europe-wide chart three weeks ago; this week it's also up 13-5 in Sweden.
Sportfreunde Stiller slips 7-8 with "MTV Unplugged In New York" (Vertigo/Universal), although the German rock trio's live set spends a second week at No. 1 in Germany. After dropping 9-17 last week, Walt Disney/EMI's "Hannah Montana - The Movie" soundtrack makes the same move in reverse, thanks chiefly to a 16-3 climb in Austria. It's also No. 2 again in Hungary.
Finally, Australian vocalist Daniel Merriweather's debut set "Love & War" (J/Sony Music Entertainment) is new on Top 100 Albums at No. 10, after a No. 2 debut in the United Kingdom on sales of 41,000. The single "Red" spends a third week at No. 5 there.
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