'Idiot' Still Rules Europe

Green Day's "American Idiot" (Reprise) holds on to No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums for a second week, fending off the Chemical Brothers' "Push the Button" (Virgin), which bows at No. 2.

Green Day’s “American Idiot” (Reprise) holds on to No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums for a second week, fending off the Chemical Brothers’ “Push the Button” (Virgin), which bows at No. 2.

Green Day is No. 1 again in Sweden; it rises 3-2 in Austria, 7-3 in Germany and 7-6 in Italy but falls 1-2 in Norway and 1-3 in Switzerland.

The Chemical Brothers, meanwhile, register an overall improvement on the No. 3 start made by their last studio album, 2002's “Come With Us.” The new set debuts at No. 1 in the United Kingdom, No. 2 in Italy and No. 3 in Ireland. It’s the duo's fourth consecutive studio album to reach No. 1 in Britain, after “Dig Your Own Hole” (1997), “Surrender” (1999) and “Come With Us.” The act last charted with the 2003 compilation “Singles 93-03.”

Maroon 5’s long-running “Songs About Jane” (J) rebounds yet again on Top 100 Albums, climbing 8-4 in its 43rd week to reach its highest position since last September. That’s thanks to a 22-2 climb in France, where the group won two honors at the NRJ Music Awards, presented during MIDEM in Cannes.

The highest debut on Top 100 Albums, at No. 12, is the self-titled set by British rock act Rooster (Brightside/Sony BMG). It bows at No. 3 in the United Kingdom on sales of 36,000. The album includes the hits “Come Get Some” and “Staring at the Sun.”

Finnish classical-rock hybrid Apocalyptica is next to arrive on the pan-European survey, as its eponymous Vertigo/Mercury set bows at No. 14. It debuts at No. 2 in Germany and climbs 5-2 in Portugal. The classically trained trio, all graduates of Finland’s Sibelius Academy, made its name with a 1996 debut featuring cello arrangements of Metallica songs that has sold 800,000 units worldwide, according to the label.

The new No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles is “Numb/Encore” (Warner Bros.) by Jay-Z & Linkin Park, which rises from No. 2 after a No. 5 debut in France. The track is still No. 1 in Ireland and No. 3 in Austria, and spends a 10th consecutive week in the U.K. top 20.

Novelty single “Das Kleine Krokodil Schnappi” (Polydor) by Schnappi climbs 6-3 on the Eurochart; it's at No. 1 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and bows at No. 2 in Holland. Ashanti’s “Only U” (Def Jam/The Inc) zooms 56-4 overall, boosted by starts of No. 2 in the United Kingdom and No. 4 in Ireland. Finally, RCA's latest Elvis Presley reissue, "It's Now or Never," debuts at No. 1 in the United Kingdom, good for a No. 6 spot on the Eurochart.