Sade, Ke$ha Rule Euro Charts
Billboard's new pan-European sales charts show Sade starting a third week atop European Albums with "Soldier of Love" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment), while Ke$ha's "Tik Tok" (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) moves into a fifth week at No. 1 on Hot 100 Singles.
The Sade album stays at No. 1 in France and Hungary and moves 2-1 in the Czech Republic and the Belgian region of Wallony, but falls from the summit to No. 2 in Italy and Sweden. Steady at No. 2 in Switzerland and No. 3 in Portugal, its descent has been more rapid in the United Kingdom, where the set has moved 4-11-21.
Lady Gaga's "The Fame" (Interscope/Universal) is back up 3-2 overall after returning to the top of the U.K. chart in its 59th week, with cumulative sales of 1,647,000 copies. It first led the survey there for four weeks last April and May. Elsewhere, the album is up 6-4 in the Czech Republic and 5-4 in Switzerland, holding at No. 5 in France and Germany.
Another European chart veteran, Black Eyed Peas' "The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies)" (Interscope/Universal), is up 5-3 in its 38th chart week, improving 8-6 in Switzerland and resting at No. 2 in Portugal and No. 3 in Wallony. Similarly, Alicia Keys improves two places Europe-wide to No. 4 with "The Element of Freedom" (J/Sony Music Entertainment), climbing one place each to No.3 in the United Kingdom and No. 5 in Holland.
Massive Attack's third week on the composite chart with "Heligoland" (Virgin/EMI) sees it dip 4-5. It holds at No. 4 in Wallony but declines in neighboring Flanders (2-5), Switzerland (4-5), France (3-7), the Czech Republic (8-13), Portugal (9-15) and the United Kingdom (22-33).
Two new entries follow in the European Albums top ten, German rock band Unheilig's "Grosse Freiheit" (Universal) at No. 6 and German-Tunisian rapper Bushido's "Zeiten Ändern Dich" (Ersguterjunge) at No. 7. The Unheilig album, its seventh, becomes its first No. 1 in Germany (where the single "Geboren Um Zu Leben" is down 4-5) and enters at No. 4 in Austria.
Bushido, whose last album "Heavy Metal Payback" entered European Albums at No. 4 in October 2008 after starting at No.1 in Germany and No.2 in Austria and Switzerland, begins this time at No. 1 in Austria, No. 2 in Germany and No. 3 in Switzerland.
"Glee: The Music, Season One, Vol. 1" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment) holds at No. 8 overall and at No. 1 in Ireland, but falls 1-2 in the United Kingdom, despite 40,000 new sales. Muse's "The Resistance" (Helium 3/Warner Music) enjoys a six-place improvement at No. 9 in its 24th week on the aggregate chart, climbing 8-3 in France, 17-9 in Wallony and 45-37 in the United Kingdom. Michael Bublé falls 7-10 with "Crazy Love" (Reprise/Warner Music), although it's up 13-12 in Portugal.
The Ke$ha single keeps its European crown with the help of another week at No. 1 in France, Germany, Switzerland and Austria (further afield, a parody version of the song by the Midnight Beast on the Independent label holds at No. 5 in Australia).
Ke$ha's "Animal" album falls 10-16 on the Europe-wide chart, but remains in the top ten in Austria and Switzerland. The highest new entry on Hot 100 Singles is Jason Derulo's U.S. top ten "In My Head" (Warner Bros.) at No. 4, following debuts at No. 1 in the United Kingdom (on sales of 68,000), No. 3 in Ireland and No. 9 in Norway.