R.E.M.'s "Accelerate" (Warner Bros.) gives the band a winning return to European Top 100 Albums, debuting at No. 1 as Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love" (Syco Music/Sony BMG) snags a fifth week atop Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, the last three consecutively.

"Accelerate" opens at No. 1 in five markets: the United Kingdom (on sales of 60,000 to become R.E.M.'s eighth bestseller there), Switzerland, Denmark, Norway and Ireland. It's up 3-1 in the Belgian region of Flanders, and new at No. 2 in another quartet of markets: Germany, Austria, Italy and Holland. The album arrives at No. 7 in Spain. It's just under six months since "R.E.M. Live" bowed at No. 5 on Top 100 Albums; its last studio release, "Around The Sun," had two weeks atop the pan-European chart in October 2004.

"Working hand-in-hand with the group, we've been building buzz since the Dublin shows last summer," says John Reid, president, Warner Music Europe. He adds that highly positive press, the Vincent Moon-directed video project and the March 24 global album première via iLike have all been "key factors" in the success. "With a European tour still to come, R.E.M. are back where they belong, topping charts around the world," says Reid.

Amy Winehouse's "Back To Black" (Universal Island) thus falls to No. 2 after six consecutive and 13 aggregate weeks leading Top 100 Albums. The album loses its crown in Germany and Switzerland but still does well elsewhere, climbing 2-1 in Greece, holding at No. 1 in Holland and Austria and climbing 11-3 in Hungary, 4-3 in Denmark and 5-4 in France.

R.E.M.'s arrival also nudges the next two titles on the European survey down a place, as Duffy's "Rockferry" (A&M/Universal) slips 2-3 and Lewis' "Spirit" 3-4. Duffy is nevertheless up 20-4 in Germany and new at No. 3 in Austria, while Lewis climbs 4-3 in her 21st chart week in the United Kingdom, where the album is six times platinum (1.8 million shipments).

Sixty-one-year-old German rock veteran Udo Lindenberg scores a career landmark as he arrives at No. 5 overall with "Stark Wie Zwei" (Starwatch/Warner Bros.). His 41st album release, it becomes his first No. 1 in Germany, debuting there ahead of R.E.M. "A legendary star has once again become a pop culture phenomenon," says Bernd Dopp, CEO, Warner Music Central and Eastern Europe. He describes "Stark" as "a fantastic collection of songs and collaborations that has taken Udo's broad appeal to a new level of critical and commercial success."

One Republic's "Dreaming Out Loud" (Interscope/Universal) turns around 8-6 on Top 100 Albums, having reached No. 4 three weeks ago. The set holds at No. 5 in the United Kingdom. There's no change at No. 7 on the collective survey for Michael Jackson's "Thriller: 25th Anniversary Edition" (Legacy/Epic), which makes a 14-9 climb on the U.K. chart.

Moby's sixth studio album "Last Night" (Mute) debuts at No. 8 on the pan-European list, charting at No. 4 in Austria, No. 6 in Italy and No. 10 in Germany and rising 5-2 in Flanders. The U.K. release of the album is not until May 12.

Two established titles complete the European top ten, as Mika's "Life In Cartoon Motion" (Casablanca/Island) holds at No. 9 (rising 9-5 in France) and James Blunt's "All The Lost Souls" (Atlantic) rises 13-10 after an 18-8 U.K. rise. The label says sales there are past 600,000, and 3.5 million worldwide.

"Bleeding Love" maintains its Eurochart lead despite falling 1-3 in France, 2-3 in Germany, 3-4 in Flanders, 4-5 in Holland and Austria and 5-10 in Italy. The song holds at No. 2 in Switzerland and climbs 9-4 in Wallony. The Eurochart's top new entry is Brighton, England rock band the Kooks' "Always Where I Need To Be" (Virgin/EMI) at No. 10, after a 71-3 rise in the United Kingdom on sales of 22,000. The group's second album "Konk" is released next Monday (April 14).