Eminem‘s “Recovery” (Interscope/Universal) continues to show great staying power in European markets, returning to No.1 again on Billboard’s European Albums chart. On European Hot 100 Singles, “Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)” (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment) by Shakira featuring Freshlyground moves into a fourth week at the top.
“Recovery” is back up 2-1 overall. It moves 2-1 in the United Kingdom for its third stint at the top there, a total of six weeks which makes it Eminem’s longest-running chart-topper there, ahead of the five consecutive weeks for both “The Eminem Show” in 2002 and “Curtain Call – The Hits” in 2005. The new set also stays at No. 1 in Switzerland and rises 3-2 in Ireland, 4-2 in Norway, 3-2 in Ireland, 4-3 in Holland, 12-10 in France and 18-11 in the Czech Republic.
Eminem’s single “Love The Way You Lie” single, featuring Rihanna, also has a strong week, climbing 6-3 on European Hot 100 Singles. In its eighth week, it’s up 4-2 on the U.K. chart, where sales to last weekend had reached an impressive 440,000. It stays at No. 1 in Norway and rises 3-1 in Ireland and 2-1 in Denmark.
Arcade Fire‘s “The Suburbs” (Merge/Mercury/Universal), new at No. 1 across Europe last week, falls to No. 2. It slips in most markets but keeps the No. 1 spot in Ireland and races 41-8 in Sweden and 12-10 in Austria.
There’s another week at No. 3 overall for Lady Gaga‘s “The Fame” (Interscope/Universal), now in its 83rd chart frame. It’s up 6-5 in both the United Kingdom and Germany, and 9-8 in France. David Guetta‘s “One Love” (Virgin/EMI) clocks up its 50th week on the pan-European survey, after holding on to No. 1 in Spain in Hungary and rising 7-3 in Austria, 7-4 in France, 12-9 in Portugal and 12-10 in Germany.
“The Defamation of Strickland Banks” (679/Atlantic/Warner Music) by British rap-R&B act Plan B holds steady at No. 5, as does Unheilig‘s “Grosse Freiheit” (Universal) at No. 6. Plan B holds at No. 3 in the United Kingdom, while Unheilig is No. 1 again in Germany and 4-3 in Switzerland.
Muse‘s “The Resistance” (Helium 3/Warner Music) continues its progress back up the European sales ladder, on which it debuted last September. It’s up 8-7 after recording another week at No. 2 in France, and slipping 3-5 in Portugal.
New at No. 8 Europe-wide is A-ha‘s “25” (Warner Bros./Warner Music), a double CD commemorating the quarter-century since the Norwegian trio emerged, coinciding with their current farewell tour, which covers four continents and 15 countries. The compilation arrives at No. 2 in Germany, No. 8 in Switzerland and No. 9 in Austria. The tour visits the band’s home town of Oslo on Saturday (Aug. 21) and will return there for their last-ever shows Dec. 2-4.
Completing the composite album top ten in Europe, Sting‘s “Symphonicities” (Deutsche Grammophon/Universal) is steady at No. 9 and Blind Guardian‘s “At The Edge of Time” (Nuclear Blast/Warner Music) falls 7-10. Sting stays at No. 1 in Poland and rises 10-9 in Hungary and 11-10 in the Czech Republic, but falls 8-9 in Italy and 2-10 in Portugal. Blind Guardian falls two places from its No. 2 German debut last week.
The European popularity of the Shakira single is far outlasting the span of the FIFA 2010 soccer World Cup, for which it was the official song. It’s the sales bestseller again in France, Italy and Spain and conquers another market, climbing 3-1 in Sweden.