Britney Scores Euro Chart Double

Britney Spears' impressive sales week spreads across Europe, as she follows the No. 1 debut of "Circus" on The Billboard 200 by racing 41-1 with the set on European Top 100 Albums and 7-1 with lead track "Womanizer" on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.

"Circus" debuted at No. 41 on last week's pan-European survey after a No. 5 entry in France and chart entries in the Belgian regions of Flanders and Wallony, but leaps to No. 1 in its first full sales week across the region. The album makes only one bestselling start, in Switzerland, but arrives at No. 2 in Ireland, No. 4 in the United Kingdom, No. 5 in Denmark, No. 9 in Germany and Italy. It also climbs 5-3 in France and 10-4 in Wallony.

First-week U.K. sales of 76,000 for "Circus" easily outdo those of 48,000 for its predecessor "Blackout," which had a week at No. 1 on Top 100 Albums in November last year. Sony BMG puts Spears' total worldwide album sales at 62 million. Her "Circus Starring Britney Spears" tour will play no fewer than eight nights at London's 02 Arena between June 3 and 14 next year.

Guns N' Roses' pan-European reign is thus limited to one week, as "Chinese Democracy" (Black Frog/Geffen/Universal) falls into runner-up spot. The album drops 1-4 in Finland and Switzerland and 2-11 in the United Kingdom; the only European market in which it does not recede is Hungary, where it's steady at No. 4.

AC/DC's "Black Ice" (Columbia/Sony BMG) spends a seventh straight week in the Europe-wide top three, at No. 3 again after climbing back 3-2 in Germany and holding at No. 4 in Flanders. Enya is at No. 4 again overall with "And Winter Came" (Warner Bros.), resting at No. 2 in Flanders behind Belgian trance band Milk Inc.'s "Forever" (ARS).

Pink moves back two spots to No. 5 on Top 100 Albums with "Funhouse" (LaFace/Sony BMG), fuelled by a 7-3 rise in Germany. The single "So What," a former No. 1 in several European territories, improves 9-5 in France and stays at No. 2 in Austria and No. 3 in Germany, standing at No. 5 on the Eurochart. But the Killers' "Day & Age" (Def Jam/Universal Island) falls four places from last week's composite No. 2 entry, dropping 1-2 in the United Kingdom and 1-5 in Ireland. The single "Human" is down 5-6 on the Eurochart.

British pop quartet Take That, is new at No. 7 on the Europe-wide survey with "The Circus" (Polydor/Universal), after a No. 1 start in the United Kingdom on towering opening sales of 432,000. That's a huge start for the former boy band, put into context by the fact that their 2006 comeback set "Beautiful World" opened on sales of 168,000. The new album is also in at No. 3 in Ireland, while the single "Greatest Day" falls 1-2 in the United Kingdom and 8-10 on the Eurochart. The group will play a massive 19-date stadium tour of the U.K. and Ireland next June and July.

Descending the pan-European top ten are Il Divo's "The Promise" (Syco Music/Sony BMG), 5-8, and Seal's "Soul" (Warner Bros.), 6-9. Il Divo is nevertheless up 2-1 in Greece and 5-2 in Holland, while Seal holds at No. 1 in Wallony. Walt Disney/Hollywood's "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" soundtrack spends a third week at No. 10 overall, after peaking at No. 3 last month.

Spears' "Womanizer" single climbs 5-2 in Denmark, 3-2 in Wallony, 7-3 in the United Kingdom, 10-4 in Austria, 9-7 in Germany and debuts at No. 4 in France, although it's down 1-4 in Finland. Katy Perry moves 3-2 on the Eurochart with "Hot N Cold" (Virgin/EMI). Four of the top five artists on the Eurochart are female, with last week's No. 1, Beyoncé's "If I Were A Boy" (Columbia/Sony BMG), down to No. 4 and the Pink song at No. 5. Guru Josh Project's former No. 1 "Infinity 2008" (Bigcitybeats) is down 2-3.

Additionally, Leona Lewis' cover of Snow Patrol's "Run" (Syco Music/Sony BMG) is the Eurochart's highest new entry, at No. 8, after a chart-topping start in the United Kingdom on 133,000 downloads, a new record for a No. 1 not also available physically.