Michael Buble goes straight to No. 1 on Billboard's composite European Top 100 Albums chart with "Call Me Irresponsible" (Reprise), after bestselling starts in Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.

The Canadian singer's album also opens prominently in the United Kingdom, where sales of 44,000 give it a No. 2 start, and hits No. 3 in Austria and Switzerland and No. 4 in Ireland. His last studio release "It's Time" took 12 weeks to reach No. 1 on Top 100 Albums in April 2005, but now has worldwide shipments of 5.5 million, according to Warner Bros. Buble's current single from the new set, "Everything," dips 3-5 in Italy and makes the U.K. top 40, with a 42-38 rise.

Warner Bros. VP international Dion Singer describes "Irresponsible" as a "career-defining record," and attributes Buble's new success to "years of visiting and revisiting these markets for promotion and concerts, along with the enormous commitment that the entire team at Warner Bros. in Europe and the U.S.A. has, and will continue to have, for this unique artist."

Avril Lavigne's "The Best Damn Thing" (RCA), which topped the pan-European album survey for the last two weeks, drops to No. 3, despite holding at No. 1 in Austria and debuting at No. 2 in Greece. Nelly Furtado's "Loose" (Mosley/Geffen) is No. 2 again overall (its 12th straight week as one of Europe's top two titles), and No. 1 for a second week in Poland.

Tori Amos opens at No. 7 on Top 100 Albums with "American Doll Posse" (Epic). Its best markets are the Netherlands, at No. 5, and Germany at No. 10, but the record opens much more modestly, at No. 50, in the United Kingdom, a market in which she had three top ten albums in the 1990s, including the No. 1 "Under The Pink" in 1994.

Norwegian metal band Dimmu Borgir enters the composite chart at No. 9 with its ninth studio album "In Sorte Diaboli" (Nuclear Blast), after debuts of No. 1 in Norway and No. 7 in Germany. The group's extensive "Invaluable Darkness" tour continues tonight (Thursday) in Seattle, returning to Europe on June 3, when an appearance at the Gods of Metal event in Milan heralds a run of festival dates.

Buble is not the only Canadian act with a new entry on Top 100 Albums, nor the only one in the Warners group. Veteran rock act Rush is in at No. 16 with "Snakes & Arrows" (Atlantic), following a No. 4 start in Finland and a No. 13 bow in the United Kingdom, where initial sales are 13,000. Rush hasn't been that high on the U.K. chart since "Roll the Bones" reached No. 10 in 1991.

"Beautiful Liar" (World Music/Columbia) by Beyonce and Shakira starts a second week atop Eurochart Hot 100 Singles. It's in its third week in control of the U.K. chart, with weekly sales of 30,000, and moves 3-1 in Ireland, while retaining top spot in Italy and Switzerland. But "Liar" loses its crown in Germany and the Netherlands.

Its chief challenger is a former No. 1, Lavigne's "Girlfriend," which moves back 3-2 after rising 2-1 in Austria and debuting at No. 3 in France.

The highest new entry on the Eurochart is Tony Parker's "Balance-Toi" (Music One/AMC). Parker, a celebrated French basketball player now with the San Antonio Spurs but also a keen fan of hip-hop, debuts at No. 1 there with the single from his self-titled album. He is due to marry his fiancee, actress Eva Longoria, in France July 7.