Universal-signed female artists again rule the pan-European sales charts, as Nelly Furtado's "Loose" (Mosley/Geffen) leads European Top 100 Albums for a fourth non-consecutive week and "The Sweet Escape" (Interscope) by Gwen Stefani featuring Akon tops Eurochart Hot 100 Singles for a third week.

Furtado's album is up to 3-1 in the Belgian region of Flanders, 8-3 in Hungary, 4-3 in Portugal, 6-4 in Austria. It holds at No. 2 in Germany and No. 3 in Switzerland. Current single "Say It Right" lodges at No. 3 on the Eurochart, but its predecessor "All Good Things (Come To An End)" dips 2-9. "Say It Right" climbs 7-5 in Austria.

Simply Red's "Stay" (simplyred.com) is the highest new entry on Top 100 Albums at No. 2. It's new at No. 3 in Holland, No. 4 in the United Kingdom (on sales of 62,000) and Germany and No. 5 in Italy. That's a match for Simply Red's last album "Simplified," which also opened in runner-up spot on the composite chart in October 2005.

Joss Stone's third album "Introducing Joss Stone" (Relentless/Virgin) arrives at No. 4 overall, one place down on the Europe-wide debut of her sophomore release "Mind, Body & Soul" in October 2004. The new set enters at No. 2 in Holland and Switzerland, No. 6 in Germany and No. 7 in Italy.

However, Stone's fortunes have taken a dip in her native United Kingdom. Following some recent negative press, the single "Tell Me 'Bout It" drops from last week's No. 28 debut to No. 40 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart, and the album debuts at No. 12 on sales of 27,000, compared to a No. 1 start and sales of 75,000 for its predecessor.

Six-piece Dutch rock band Within Temptation is new at No. 5 on the composite album chart with its fourth studio set "The Heart of Everything" (Gun). It makes a No. 1 start in Holland, and its appeal stretches across Europe. In Finland, it starts at No. 2, and performs well in Portugal and Germany, opening at No. 5 in both markets. It climbs 26-3 in Flanders.

Eighteen-year-old English singer-actor Ray Quinn, a finalist on the U.K. talent search series "The X-Factor" last December, debuts at No. 1 there with "Doing It My Way" (Syco Music/Sony BMG), on sales of 127,000. The album's also new at No. 6 in Ireland. Fellow Brit, 27-year-old Ben Mills, who finished third in the series and was also then signed by Sony BMG, opens at No. 3 in the U.K. on sales of 63,000 with "Picture of You." The albums open on the pan-European chart at No. 10 and No. 14 respectively.

German jazz artist Roger Cicero climbs 52-17 on Top 100 Albums with "Männersachen" (Starwatch) after a 12-3 climb in Germany. Cicero will represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest in Helsinki in May with "Frauen Regier'n Die Welt" ("Women Rule The World"), which debuts on the German chart at No.7.

The prime mover on the Eurochart is Mika's "Grace Kelly" (Casablanca/Universal Island), which hit No. 2 last month during its five-week run atop the U.K. chart. It now rebounds 10-2 overall as more European countries fall under its spell. The single rises 3-1 in Norway, 10-3 in Austria, 4-3 in Flanders, 30-4 in Holland and opens at No. 10 in Germany. Mika's album "Life In Cartoon Motion," which made No. 4 on Top 100 Albums last month, improves 8-6 as it opens at No. 3 in Sweden and rises 6-5 in Norway.