Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Stadium Arcadium” (Warner Bros.) leads European Top 100 Albums for the fifth straight week, taking the band’s total weeks at No. 1 on the composite chart in the past seven years to 14 across four albums.
The current set holds at the top for a fifth week in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Greece and returns 2-1 in Italy. “Arcadium” received a Platinum Europe Award yesterday (June 14) from European trade body the IFPI for region-wide shipments of one million units.
Shakira’s “Oral Fixation Vol. 2” (Epic) moves up to a new peak of No. 2 on Top 100 Albums after three weeks at No. 3. It’s No. 1 for a second week in Denmark and rises 7-4 in Norway, 6-5 in Spain, 9-6 in Italy and 12-9 in Germany.
The album is notable by its absence from the U.K. charts, but a repackaged version will be released there Monday (June 19) featuring “Hips Don’t Lie,” Shakira’s current hit with Wyclef Jean, which leads Eurochart Hot 100 Singles for the second consecutive and fourth aggregate week.
The track still leads in Germany and the Belgian region of Wallony, is No. 2 in Italy, Holland and Austria, and makes its first appearance on the U.K. chart, on download sales pre-physical release, at No. 54.
New at No. 3 on the aggregate album listing is Irish pop perennial Ronan Keating’s “Bring You Home” (Polydor), after it opened at No. 3 in the United Kingdom, selling 39,000 units, and Switzerland, and at No. 7 in Germany. It contains the single “All Over Again” with folk singer Kate Rusby, which hit No. 6 in the United Kingdom last week.
The album looks set to improve on the performance of Keating’s last studio release “Turn It On,” which peaked at No. 21 in the U.K. in 2003. He then topped the British chart in October 2004 with “10 Years of Hits,” an anthology of his singles career with boy band Boyzone and as a solo artist which had 101,000 first-week sales there.
Sandi Thom, the Scottish acoustic-based artist whose single “I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair)” (RCA) topped the British chart last week, now achieves a No. 1 album there as “Smile…It Confuses People” opens with 51,000 sales, for a No. 5 start on Top 100 Albums.
For the first time in the 50-year history of the British album chart, the entire top five comprises new entries. Melodic rock band the Feeling is in at No. 2 with its debut set “Twelve Stops and Home” (Universal Island) on sales of 43,000, for a No.9 start on Top 100 Albums.
Following Keating at No. 3, Paul Simon’s “Surprise” (Warner Bros.) is No. 4 with 30,000, and up 68-10 overall. Simon’s last studio release “You’re The One” peaked at No. 20 in the United Kingdom in 2000. Completing the all-new top five, longtime rock act Primal Scream is at No. 5 with “Riot City Blues” (Columbia) on sales of 30,000, precisely 32 units shy of Simon’s total. It starts at No. 19 on the composite chart.
The other top ten newcomer on Top 100 Albums, at No. 8, is the live DVD “End Of An Era” (Nuclear Blast/Spinefarm) by Finnish symphonic metal five-piece Nightwish, which is new at No. 3 in Germany. Its last album “Once” topped European Top 100 Albums in July 2004, after two weeks at No. 4. The new set was recorded last October at Helsinki’s Hartwall Arena and is so named because it is the band’s last release to feature vocalist Tarja Turunen, who left after the show.
Below the Shakira/Wyclef Jean track on the Euro chart, Nelly Furtado’s “Maneater” (Geffen) rises 6-3 after becoming her first No. 1 in the United Kingdom, where it rises from No. 8 on weekly sales of 48,000. It’s also new at No. 3 in Ireland and No. 10 in Italy, but dips 4-5 in Germany. Furtado’s “Loose” album was released internationally on Monday (June 12).
Following the start of the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany last Friday, various soccer-themed singles impact local and collective charts. Chief among these on the Euro chart is “We Are The Champions (Ding A Dang Dong)” (Mach1 Records), an update of the Queen anthem by German-originated novelty act Crazy Frog.
It’s new at No. 1 in France (where its 2005 hit “Axel F” sold 1.6 million copies alone, according to the label), and up 11-7 in Spain and 50-11 in the United Kingdom. Crazy Frog’s second album “More Crazy Hits” is released internationally June 26.
The U.K. top 75 contains nine World Cup-inspired songs, eight of them in the top 40. The highest-placed is the official theme of the England team, endorsed by local governing soccer body the Football Association, “World At Your Feet” by Embrace (Independiente), which rises 38-3 and opens on the Euro chart at No.10.