Depeche Mode's "Sounds of the Universe" (Mute/EMI) fends off the challenge of Green Day's "21st Century Breakdown" (Reprise/Warner Music) to start a fourth week at Billboard's European Top 100 Albums summit. Lady Gaga gets a 13th week at No. 1 on European Hot 100 Singles with "Poker Face" (Interscope/Universal).
"Universe" remains the bestselling album in Germany and Switzerland, although it falls from the summit in Greece and Hungary. But it still restricts the Green Day set to a No. 2 debut overall, whereas its predecessor "American Idiot" had six weeks at the top in 2005 and became Europe's bestselling album of that year. But the new album was only released across the region last Friday (May 15), thus limiting its chart impact in some markets.
"Breakdown" nevertheless arrives at No. 1 in the United Kingdom, selling 79,000 units, from which some 19,000 were leaked before the official release date, according to the Official Charts Company. It's also new at the top in France, Norway and Denmark, at No. 2 in Portugal and the Belgian region of Flanders, No. 4 in Finland and No. 5 in Wallony.