Bruce Springsteen's "Devils & Dust" (Columbia) starts its third week at the helm of European Top 100 Albums. It's sliding gently down several European charts, but is still No. 1 in both Ireland an
Bruce Springsteen's "Devils & Dust" (Columbia) starts its third week at the helm of European Top 100 Albums. It's sliding gently down several European charts, but is still No. 1 in both Ireland and Switzerland. Michael Bublé's "It's Time" (Reprise), which topped the aggregate chart for a week before Springsteen's arrival, stays strong with a 3-2 move. "It's Time" is up 3-2 in Holland and Italy.
Also edging back up one rung each on Top 100 Albums, to No. 3 and No. 4 respectively, are 50 Cent's "The Massacre" (Interscope) and Akon's "Trouble" (SRC/Universal). Both albums are helped by the sharp descent of last week's No. 2 entry, Nine Inch Nails' "With Teeth" (Interscope), which falls to No. 10 overall.
Yet another Interscope release, Gwen Stefani's "Love Angel Music Baby," is back up 13-5, after improving 7-4 in its 25th week on the British chart. Total sales in that market reached 563,000 units last weekend, according to the label.
Steve Brookstein, the winner of the U.K.'s "The X Factor" talent series late last year, makes a triumphant start to his album career there. Brookstein's self-titled debut set for Syco Music/Sony BMG sells nearly 51,000 units to open at No. 1 there and No. 7 on Top 100 Albums. The album of covers contains his chart-topping version of Phil Collins' "Against All Odds" and the next single, a rendition of Luther Vandross' "Dance With My Father."
Long-running British dance-soul group Morcheeba arrives at No. 12 on Top 100 Albums with "The Antidote" (Echo). Their first to feature new lead singer Daisy Marley, it debuts at No. 17 in the United Kingdom but much more prominently in Switzerland, at No. 3.
Scottish singer-songwriter K.T. Tunstall's "Eye To The Telescope" (Relentless/Virgin) makes its first top ten appearance in Britain, climbing 18-9 in its 16th chart week. The album has sold 180,000 copies in the United Kingdom, according to the label. Current single "Other Side of the World" debuts at No. 13 there.
50 Cent's "Candy Shop" moves back to No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, despite having only one individual top five ranking, at No. 5 in Switzerland. Last week's No. 1, "Signs" (Geffen) by Snoop Dogg featuring Charlie Wilson and Justin Timberlake, falls sharply to No. 5.
Meanwhile there's an impressive 68-2 improvement for Gorillaz' "Feel Good Inc" (Parlophone). That's after a 20-2 climb in its fifth week in the United Kingdom. The unusual hike was prompted by the full physical release of the track. Last week it had reached No. 20 in Britain, chiefly through download sales. EMI initially made the track eligible for the new "combined" chart with a controversial, limited physical release. U.K. chart rules dictate that a physical version of a downloadable track must be available to qualify for the combined survey.
Universal Music Germany scores the top eight singles in the local chart, a company first. They include singles by Joanna Zimmer and Ich + Ich, which acts were signed last year when outgoing Universal Music International chairman/CEO Jorgen Larsen was running the German company.