Venerable British modern rock staple the Cure makes a triumphant return to the pan-European chart, debuting at No. 1 on Top 100 Albums with its self-titled I Am/Geffen set. The album is the band’s first for the label and 19th overall.
‘The Cure” extends the band’s album chart span in the United Kingdom to 25 years, since “Three Imaginary Boys” appeared modestly on the survey in June 1979. The new album opens there at No. 8, the band’s best showing in 12 years. It does better still in several other European markets, opening at No. 2 in Italy, No. 3 in Germany, No. 4 in France and No. 5 in Spain and Switzerland.
Next to arrive on the pan-European chart, at No. 15, is “Up All Night” (Vertigo), the debut album by Anglo-Swedish act Razorlight. That’s after a No. 3 start in the United Kingdom on opening sales of 41,000 units. The album had been No. 1 in the first of the market’s “midweek” sales flashes last Tuesday (June 29), but was overtaken by New York act the Scissor Sisters’ self-titled Polydor release. “Scissor Sisters” hit No. 1 in Britain for the first time in its 22nd chart week following the band’s June 26 performances at the Glastonbury Festival.
With O-Zone’s “Dragostea Din Tei” (Media Services/Time/Vale) topping Eurochart Hot 100 Singles for a fourth week, the highest new entry is Usher’s “Burn” (Arista), at No. 5. That follows a No. 1 start in the United Kingdom, with sales of 49,000. “Burn” opened at No. 2 in Ireland.
British girl pop act Girls Aloud scores its fifth consecutive top three hit in Britain with “the Show” (Polydor), new there at No. 2 and No. 9 on the Eurochart. Meanwhile in Holland, an American-Dutch collaboration continues to reign, as Counting Crows’ track with local band Blof, “Holiday In Spain” (Universal), tops the singles chart for the fourth week. Interest in the song built after the American band played it live at the Ahoy in Amsterdam in March and were joined on stage by Blof. Counting Crows’ “Songs About Ghosts” compilation, on Polydor there, is No. 2 on the Dutch albums chart.
Another collaborative single charts highly in Ireland, where one of the country’s longest-standing favorites, Christy Moore, teams up with one of its newest, Damien Rice, for “Lonely Soldier” (DreamWorks), a new entry there at No. 4.
Former Abba member Benny Andersson sees “BAO!,” the second album by his act Benny Andersson Orkester, debut at No. 2 in his native Sweden. The collective plays a Swedish tour Aug.6-13. Elsewhere in Scandinavia, veteran Scottish folk act Runrig’s “30 Year Journey, The Best” (Recart) makes a strong start in Denmark, at No. 2.