For the third straight week, the top four titles on European Top 100 Albums are unchanged, with James Blunt's "Back To Bedlam" (Atlantic) at No. 1 for a sixth consecutive and seventh aggregate week. I
For the third straight week, the top four titles on European Top 100 Albums are unchanged, with James Blunt's "Back To Bedlam" (Atlantic) at No. 1 for a sixth consecutive and seventh aggregate week. It now climbs 2-1 in Austria, holds at No. 1 in Switzerland and improves 6-3 in Ireland, 6-5 in Holland. Among a number of other prominent European placings, it's also No. 2 in Germany and No. 3 in France.
Blunt adds a second hit album in the region, although its overall impact is somewhat diluted by varying chart eligibility rules. Atlantic's new "Chasing Time - The Bedlam Sessions" release arrives at No. 2 in Switzerland and No. 8 in France. It comprises a DVD of a BBC concert, plus all of Blunt's videos and short films on the making of each, plus a bonus CD of a concert in Ireland. The DVD element makes it ineligible for the album chart in the United Kingdom, where it debuts at No. 1 on the music DVD chart.
Madonna's "Confessions on a Dance Floor" (Warner Bros.) continues at No. 2 on Top 100 Albums for the sixth week in a row. Remarkably, it has been in the top two of the composite chart since debuting at No. 1 in November, 13 chart frames ago.
Eros Ramazotti's "Calma Apparente" (Ariola) is the big riser on the composite chart, up 13-6 after rebounding 6-2 in Italy, 3-2 in Austria and 11-8 in Germany. The Italian star's duet hit with Anastacia, "I Belong To You," continues to drive renewed sales of the album, as the single moves 2-1 in Germany, 4-3 in Austria, holds at No. 1 in Switzerland and enters at No. 5 in Hungary. That leads to a 5-3 climb on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.
"Love Songs" (Hansa), a collection of tracks under the banner of the German TV talent series "Deutschland Sucht Den Superstar, arrives at No. 8 overall thanks to debuts of No. 1 in Germany and No. 4 in Austria. Hansa released several such themed multi-artist compilations from the series, having previously charted with "Magic of Music" in 2004 and "United" in 2003. The show has also led to individual success in Germany for such artists as Alexander and Daniel Küblböck.
A number of winners at last week's Brit Awards in London reap a sales benefit, notably three-time victors Kaiser Chiefs, whose "Employment" (B Unique/Polydor) responds with a 95% sales spike to rise 7-2 locally and 27-11 on Top 100 Albums. K.T. Tunstall, named best British female artist, sees her "Eye To The Telescope" (Relentless/Virgin) improve 152% week-on-week in Britain for a 19-4 climb there, and 64-16 on the aggregate survey.
Almost two and a half years after his death, country giant Johnny Cash tops a European sales chart, as "Ring of Fire - The Legend of Johnny Cash" (Columbia) rises 2-1 in Ireland. It's up 16-14 on Top 100 Albums. In the United Kingdom, Cash is charting not just with that collection, at No. 12, but with "Walking The Line - The Legendary Sun Sessions," a budget three-CD box set on Metro, an imprint of the independent Union Square label. “Walking the Line” is at No. 54 in Britain.
There's a new No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, where "Nasty Girl" (Bad Boy/Atlantic) by the Notorious B.I.G. with P.Diddy, Nelly, Jagged Edge and Avery Storm reaches the top after holding at No. 2 for four weeks. The track is No. 2 again in the United Kingdom, where it had two weeks at No. 1 and has been in the top two for five weeks.
Blunt's "Goodbye My Lover" single from "Back To Bedlam" is up again, 12-9 on the Eurochart, after rising 11-8 in France, and maintaining a top five ranking in Sweden. The fastest riser on the Eurochart, up 26-10, is "Najoua Belyzel" (Scorpio) by female pop vocalist Gabriel, which is up 7-3 in France.