Madonna’s “Confessions on a Dance Floor” (Warner Bros.) takes over from Robbie Williams’ “Intensive Care” (Chrysalis) at the European Top 100 Albums summit for a second time. The album displaced Williams at No. 1 by debuting there in November, before itself ceding the top spot to Williams late in the year.
Madonna now has five aggregate weeks atop the pan-European survey compared to Williams’ six; the albums have held the top two spots on the chart for eight consecutive weeks. “Hung Up,” the first track taken from “Confessions,” leads Eurochart Hot 100 Singles for the ninth straight week.
Madonna’s surge back to the top albums spot is helped by climbs of 4-2 in Norway, 6-3 in Germany, 4-3 in Portugal, 5-4 in Hungary and Denmark and 6-5 in Italy. She’s still No. 1 in Finland and top ten in most other European markets. The album, however, dips 9-11 in the United Kingdom.
Williams, meanwhile, keeps top place in Switzerland but loses the No. 1 position in both Germany and Austria to Xavier Naidoo’s “Telegramm Fur X” (Naidoo Records).
The Strokes’ “First Impressions Of Earth” (Rough Trade) is the main new contender on Top 100 Albums, debuting at No. 4. “Impressions” becomes the band’s first No. 1 set in the United Kingdom, on sales of 63,000 units, according to charts compiler the Official U.K. Charts Co. It follows No. 2 peaks there for both 2001’s “Is This It” and the 2003 follow-up “Room On Fire,” despite the latter album selling an opening 76,000 copies. “Impressions” also opens at No.4 in Ireland and No. 9 in France. The band begins a U.K. tour Jan. 24 at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire.
English rock band Kaiser Chiefs, fresh from five nominations for next month’s BRIT Awards, rebounds 27-11 on the aggregate chart with their debut album “Employment” (B Unique/Polydor). That’s after a 7-3 climb in the band’s home market, where the album is certified quadruple platinum for 1.2 million shipments.
The only other significant climber in the top 20 of European Top 100 Albums is “Schrei” (Universal Island) by German rock quartet Tokio Hotel. It’s back up 28-16 after climbing 15-4 in Poland and holding at No. 9 in Germany. The title track rises 9-6 on the singles chart there and 4-3 in Austria. Tokio Hotel embarks on its “Schrei” tour in February and March, opening Feb. 4 in Pahlen, Germany.
On the Eurochart, “Hung Up” is still trailed by Black Eyed Peas’ “My Humps” (A&M/ Interscope) at No. 2, while Mattafix’s “Big City Life” (Buddhist Punk) improves again, 5-3. The latter track is No. 1 for a second week in both Austria and Switzerland, climbs 4-2 in Germany and holds at No. 2 in Italy. The single, which reached No. 15 in the United Kingdom last August, comes from the duo’s album “Signs of a Struggle,” released last October.
Mattafix has an extensive European tour lined up for February, with five Italian dates from Feb. 2; the itinerary also includes France, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Holland and Belgium.