The dethroning of Dido by Air at the top of European Top 100 Albums proves to be short-lived, as "Life for Rent" (Cheeky/Arista) regains the No. 1 spot and the French duo's "Talkie Walkie" (Virgin) fa
The dethroning of Dido by Air at the top of European Top 100 Albums proves to be short-lived, as "Life for Rent" (Cheeky/Arista) regains the No. 1 spot and the French duo's "Talkie Walkie" (Virgin) falls steeply to No. 5. The latter album's peak debut last week had ended Dido's 17-week residency in the No. 1 slot.
Air holds at No. 1 in Ireland and No. 2 in Belgium, debuting at No. 4 in Switzerland. But it drops 2-8 in the U.K., 2-4 in Portugal and 3-5 in France.
"Life for Rent," still No. 1 in Holland, jumps 4-3 in Switzerland, while the title track, No. 35 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, is up 13-8 in Italy.
Epic rock acts have a good European week, with Evanescence's long-running album "Fallen" (Wind-Up), climbing again 4-2 on the pan-European chart, and "A Crow Left of the Murder" by Incubus debuting at No. 4.
The Evanescence set is up 3-1 in Portugal, while Incubus opens at No. 3 there, No. 2 in Germany and No. 6 in the U.K. It's a big step up from the band's previous album "Morning View," which entered Top 100 Albums at No. 26 in November 2001 and spent only two further weeks on the survey.
Propelled largely by a career-best No. 2 start in the U.K., LeAnn Rimes' "The Best Of" (Curb/London) debuts at No. 11 overall. Opening British sales are 48,000 for the set, which is a repackaged and adapted version of her current U.S. gold-certified "Greatest Hits."
Up-and-coming British rock acts Snow Patrol and Lostprophets each makes its first appearance on Top 100 Albums.
Snow Patrol's third album "Final Straw," released by Polydor in the U.K. on the reactivated Fiction imprint, debuts at No. 3 there and No. 13 overall; U.S. release is scheduled for March 30 on A&M, and the band tours in the U.S. starting Monday (Feb. 16). Welsh act Lostprophets, meanwhile, enters the U.K. chart at No. 4, and Top 100 Albums at No. 15. Its 11-date British tour started Monday (Feb. 9) and runs until Feb. 22.
There's no change at the top of the singles Eurochart, where "Shut Up" (A&M) by Black Eyed Peas continues its reign. London R&B singer Jamelia is celebrating a European breakout with her "Superstar" single (Parlophone), which climbs 14-7 on the overall chart. A U.K. hit last autumn with sales there now close to 200,000 according to Parlophone MD Miles Leonard, the song holds at No. 3 in Switzerland, climbs 6-5 in Germany and debuts at No. 10 in France.