Iron Maiden's "The Final Frontier" (EMI) starts a second week atop Billboard's European Albums chart, as the No. 1 berth on European Hot 100 Singles is occupied for a sixth straight week by "Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment) by Shakira featuring Freshlyground.
The Maiden album thus outdoes its studio predecessor "A Matter of Life and Death," which had one week at the pan-European summit in 2006. "Frontier" now debuts at No. 1 in Italy and retains its crown in France, Spain, Sweden, Norway and the Czech Republic, but drops from the top spot in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, Portugal and Germany.
In an unchanged top three Europe-wide, Eminem is at No. 2 again with "Recovery" (Interscope/Universal) and Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs" (Merge/Mercury/Universal) at No. 3. The Eminem album is back up 2-1 in the United Kingdom, a seventh week of supremacy from ten weeks on release. Total U.K. sales to last weekend are 509,000, while the single "Love The Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna, is up to a new peak 3-2 on Hot 100 Singles, holding at No. 1 in Sweden, Denmark and Norway. "Recovery" is also No. 1 in Ireland and Switzerland, while Arcade Fire's highest ranking is at No. 2 in Ireland.