Seventeen weeks into its run at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums, Dido's "Life for Rent" (Cheeky/Arista) climbs 4-3 in Germany and Denmark and continues to top the Irish and Dutch charts. Holding at N
Seventeen weeks into its run at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums, Dido's "Life for Rent" (Cheeky/Arista) climbs 4-3 in Germany and Denmark and continues to top the Irish and Dutch charts. Holding at No. 2 on Top 100 Albums is Black Eyed Peas' "Elephunk" (A&M), which has a breakthrough week in France, climbing 32-6 as its single "Shut Up" rises 3-2 there. The track, which also soars 50-1 in Italy, tops Eurochart Hot 100 Singles for an eighth week.
In the U.K., Dido loses top-album honors to Katie Melua's "Call off the Search" (Dramatico), which rises 4-1 on weekly sales of 35,000. The set climbs 18-6 climb on the pan-European chart. The album's producer and label owner, Mike Batt, tells Billboard.biz he is looking for sales and distribution deals to pursue an indie route for its European release, just as in the U.K., where Dramatico goes through Pinnacle.
The highest debut on Top 100 Albums, at No. 9, is "Fur Alle," the third set by male pop-rock artist Laith Al-Deen (Epic). It bows at No. 1 in Germany. Al-Deen starts an extensive German tour March 18 in Mannheim.
With her new album "Feels Like Home" set for international release Feb. 9 by Blue Note, Norah Jones' "Come Away With Me" marks its 91st week on Top 100 Albums with a 19-15 rise. It's still a steady seller across the region, moving back up 13-10 in Holland, 24-21 in the U.K., 47-43 in Sweden and 65-58 in Italy.
The big Eurochart singles climber is the duet "Si Demain ... (Turn Around)" by 23-year-old French singer Kareen Antonn and Welsh chart veteran Bonnie Tyler (Epic). The song, a remake of Tyler's 1983 No. 1 "Total Eclipse of the Heart," moves 15-4 after a 4-1 climb in France.
Kevin Lyttle's "Turn Me On" (Atlantic) jumps 29-6 in its 15th week on the Eurochart. The song reached No. 10 in November, but gains new impetus from a No. 4 debut in Germany. It also holds at No. 1 in Denmark and No. 2 in Norway.
Finally, a club version of Jefferson Airplane's 1967 U.S. hit "Somebody to Love" by Boogie Pimps rises 19-9 on the Eurochart. The single, released by Data, is up 5-3 in its third week on the British chart. The group is masterminded by German DJs Mark J.Klak and Mirko Jacob.