Amy Macdonald Sophomore Set Tops Euro Chart

Scottish singer and songwriter Amy MacDonald performs live during a concert at the Astra Club on February 11, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. The concert is a Universal Music showcase of her new album A Curious Thing which will be released March 12.

There are new leaders on both of Billboard's pan-European sales charts this week, with Amy Macdonald's "A Curious Thing" (Mercury/Universal) rising 3-1 on European Albums and Stromae's "Alors On Danse" (Mosaert/Vertigo/Universal) moving back 2-1 for a second aggregate week atop European Hot 100 Singles.

Macdonald's sophomore set debuted last week at No. 3, and now gets top honors after debuting at No. 1 in Germany and Austria and No. 5 in Sweden, holding at No. 1 in Switzerland and No. 2 in Holland, and climbing 11-7 in Denmark. The single "Don't Tell Me That It's Over" is up 13-10 in Austria, but down 18-26 on European Hot 100 Singles.

Last week's new entry at the top of the composite album survey, the Gorillaz set "Plastic Beach" (Parlophone/EMI), dips to No. 2, despite debuts at No. 9 in Portugal and No. 10 in Sweden, and a 30-7 climb in Poland. It's down 1-3 in Denmark and the Belgian region of Flanders and 1-4 in Austria.

In week number 62 on European Albums, Lady Gaga climbs 4-3 with "The Fame" (Interscope/Universal), fuelled by a 5-1 surge in the United Kingdom on new sales of 45,000 for the album and its later "Fame Monster" version. The latter includes her "Telephone" duet with Beyoncé, which gains new impetus from the debut of its ten-minute video to race 12-1 in its 16th week in the U.K. top 75. "The Fame Monster," listed separately in some European markets, is down 25-28 on the aggregate album chart.

Sade's "Soldier of Love" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment), which spent its first four weeks at No. 1 Europe-wide, now falls 2-4, but climbs 2-1 in Poland and is steady at No. 2 in Sweden and Hungary and No. 3 in Wallony. "The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies)" (Interscope/Universal), which has a total of 41 weeks on European Albums for Black Eyed Peas, bounces back 7-5 after moving 5-2 in France and 6-4 in Wallony.

Jimi Hendrix's Legacy/Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment title "Valleys of Neptune" falls one place from its overall No. 5 debut, despite adding some more European debuts, at No. 7 in Sweden and No. 14 in Portugal, and climbing 6-5 in Italy. Also down one place on the pan-European chart is Alicia Keys' "The Element of Freedom" (J/Sony Music Entertainment), at No. 7, although it improves 10-4 in Holland.

With the preceding first volume up again 27-21 across Europe, "Glee: The Music, Season One, Vol. 2" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment) leaps in at No. 8, after debuting at No. 2 in the United Kingdom on sales of 45,000, and racing 42-2 in Ireland. The first volume is also up again 9-6 on the U.K. chart, while there are seven tracks from the two albums in the top 75 singles chart there on download sales.

The last two titles in the pan-European album top ten are unchanged, with Boyzone's "Brother" (Polydor/Universal), which was last week's U.K. No. 1 and is now at No. 3 there, holding at No. 9. Unheilig's "Grosse Freiheit" (Universal) is steady at No. 10 after falling 1-3 in Germany but rising 4-2 in Austria.

Belgian singer-songwriter Stromae led European Hot 100 Singles two weeks ago with "Alors On Danse," and moves back to the summit in its seventh chart week. It loses top spot in Germany, falling 1-2 behind Lena Meyer-Landrut's "Satellite" (Universal), which will represent Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest in late May. But "Danse" makes up by climbing 2-1 in France, 7-1 in Austria and 16-10 in Wallony.


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