Coldplay starts a third week at No. 1 on the new European Top 100 Albums chart with “Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends” (Parlophone/EMI). But it’s all change atop Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, where Duffy’s “Mercy” (A&M/Universal) is replaced at the summit by U.K. R&B singer Estelle’s “American Boy” (Homeschool/Atlantic), featuring Kanye West.
The Coldplay album falls from pole position in Italy, Portugal, Holland and Denmark, but retains its lead in the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Sweden, Ireland, Finland and the Belgian region of Wallony, and enjoys a debut at No. 1 in Greece. Week-on-week U.K. sales of “Viva” are almost halved from the week before, but the album has total sales there to last weekend of 668,000, according to the Official U.K. Charts Company.
In an unchanged top four, Duffy’s “Rockferry” is at No. 2 for a third week, with Amy Winehouse’s “Back To Black” (Universal Island) at No. 3 again and Madonna’s “Hard Candy” (Warner Bros.) at No. 4. The Duffy album moves 3-2 in Finland, while Winehouse is up 8-6 in Spain, 12-9 in Italy, and 13-7 in its “Deluxe Edition” in the United Kingdom. Madonna remains at No. 5 in Switzerland and No. 7 in Italy.
Chris Brown’s “Exclusive” (Jive/Sony BMG), repromoted in a new version featuring his current hit “Forever,” races 19-5 on Top 100 Albums. It’s up 3-2 in Ireland and 6-3 in the United Kingdom. Brown features on two top five U.K. singles for a second week, as “Forever” dips 4-5 and “No Air” (Jive/Sony BMG), the Jordin Sparks track on which he features, falls 3-4.
The one debutante on the pan-European album survey is 23-year-old vocalist Helene Fischer, born in Krasnoyarsk in Siberia. Her third set “Zaubermond” (Capitol/EMI) is in at No. 6, following entries of No. 2 in Germany and No. 4 in Austria.
Up one place each on Top 100 Albums, to No. 7 and No. 8 respectively, are Amy Macdonald’s “This Is The Life” (Vertigo/Universal) and Ich + Ich’s “Vom Selben Stern” (Polydor/Universal). Macdonald is up 4-2 in Flanders, while the title track single holds at No. 1 there and moves 4-3 in Holland. She plays a rearranged date in Belfast tonight (Thursday) and Ireland’s Oxegen Festival tomorrow. Ich + Ich is down 2-3 in Germany but steady at No. 5 in Austria.
The composite European top ten is completed by Neil Diamond’s “Home Before Dark” (Columbia/Sony BMG), which is down 7-9, and the Jonas Brothers’ eponymous Hollywood/EMI album, down 6-10. The sibling act’s “SOS” single is up 7-2 in Norway.
Outside the top ten, there’s a No. 18 debut on Top 100 Albums for longtime favorite French vocalist Laurent Voulzy, whose “Recollection” (RCA/Sony BMG) is new at No. 2 in France and No. 3 in Wallony.
Estelle’s “American Boy” had three consecutive weeks at No. 3 on the Eurochart in May, during a four-week run atop the U.K. chart. Its sudden surge to the pan-European No. 1 spot is fuelled by a No. 3 debut in France.