Rihanna Scores Euro Albums, Singles Chart Double

Finalists for the Billboard Music Awards 2011

RIHANNA IS A FINALIST IN 18 CATEGORIESTop Artist, Top Female Artist, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Hot 100 Song, Top Social Artist, Top Digital Media Artist, Top Digital Songs Artist, Top Digital Song, Top Radio Songs Artist, Top Radio Song, Top Streaming Artist, Top Streaming Song (Audio), Top Streaming Song (Video), Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Song, Top R&B Album, Top Dance/Electronic Artist, Top Rap Song

Rihanna scores a No. 1 debut on Billboard's European Albums chart with "Loud" (Def Jam/Universal), and makes it a double by starting a fourth week atop European Hot 100 Singles with "Only Girl (In The World)" (Def Jam/Universal).

"Loud" enters at No. 1 in Switzerland, No. 2 in Germany and Ireland, No. 3 in France and Austria, No. 6 in Spain and Holland, No. 7 in Norway. It sells 91,000 in the United Kingdom for a No. 2 debut there. "Only Girl," meanwhile, holds at No. 2 in France, Spain and Denmark, and climbs 4-2 in Sweden.

Bruce Springsteen's album of unreleased 1978 material, "The Promise: Darkness on The Edge of Town," opens at No. 2 Europe-wide, and at No. 1 in Germany and Spain, climbing 19-1 in Norway. It's in at No. 4 in Holland, Denmark and Ireland, No. 5 in Austria, No. 7 in the United Kingdom and No. 9 in Switzerland.

Completing an all-new European top three, Pink starts at No. 3 with "Greatest Hits - So Far" (LaFace/Sony Music Entertainment). The compilation is in at No. 3 in Germany and Holland, No. 4 in Switzerland and Austria, No. 5 in the United Kingdom and No. 9 in Denmark

The influx of new titles forces Bon Jovi's "Greatest Hits - The Ultimate Collection" (Mercury/Universal) down to No. 4 after two week's as Europe's No. 1 album. It also falls from the top in Ireland and Sweden. Also in decline on European Albums are Shakira's "Sale El Sol" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment), 3-5; James Blunt's "Some Kind of Trouble" (Atlantic/Warner Music), 2-6; and Susan Boyle's "The Gift" (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment), 5-7.

Shakira climbs 5-4 in Spain, while the single "Loca," with Dizzee Rascal, holds at No. 1 in Spain and Switzerland. Blunt loses the No. 1 spot in Switzerland, falling to No. 3, and Boyle holds at No. 3 in the Belgian region of Flanders but falls 1-3 in the United Kingdom and 1-9 in Holland.

Take That's No. 8 pan-European debut with "Progress" (Polydor/Universal) is fuelled chiefly by record-breaking sales of 518,000 in the United Kingdom, the highest opening tally for any album there this century. It's also in at No. 1 in Ireland and Denmark. The single "The Flood" holds at No. 2 in the United Kingdom, climbs 8-3 in Ireland and 15-10 in Denmark.

The European top ten is completed by two more albums descending the chart, Kings of Leon's "Come Around Sundown" (Hand Me Down/Sony Music Entertainment), 4-9, and Robbie Williams' "In and Out of Consciousness - Greatest Hits 1990-2010" (Virgin/EMI), 8-10. "Sundown" is still No. 1 in Poland, while the Williams retrospective has its best ranking of the week at No. 9 in Hungary.