Metallica’s “Death Magnetic” (Vertigo/Universal) marks its first full week on release by starting a second week atop European Top 100 Albums. Meanwhile Katy Perry’s run at No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles with “I Kissed A Girl” (Virgin/EMI) extends to seven weeks.
“Magnetic” added a further 59,000 sales to its opening, part-week total of 75,000 in the United Kingdom for a second week at No. 1 there, and continues to hold sway in Portugal, Finland, Denmark, Norway and the Belgian region of Flanders. Impressively, the title makes six more No. 1 debuts, in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Holland and Sweden, climbs 3-1 in Ireland and enters at No. 2 in Hungary. It loses only one of its five initial top billings in Europe, dipping 1-2 in France.
Still behind Metallica in second place on the pan-European chart is Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends” (Parlophone/EMI), while Duffy’s “Rockferry” (A&M/Universal) is also unmoved at No. 3. From that set, “Warwick Avenue” moves 30-20 on the Eurochart.
Queen & Paul Rodgers’ “The Cosmos Rocks” (Parlophone/EMI), the British rock band’s first new studio album without their late frontman Freddie Mercury, arrives at No. 4 on Top 100 Albums. It delivers a No. 5 U.K. debut on sales of 28,000, with the group’s 11-times platinum (3.3 million shipments) “Greatest Hits” collection back up 51-31.
The “Mamma Mia!” soundtrack (Polydor/Universal) stands at No. 5 overall for a fourth week, adding three more notable chart achievements: climbs of 14-5 in Flanders and 20-8 in France, and a No. 1 debut in Hungary.
The top new title of the European album sales week is Ne-Yo’s “Year of the Gentleman” (Def Jam/Universal) at No. 6, fuelled by a No. 2 start in the United Kingdom. Its current single “Miss Independent” rises 14-9 there. Amy Macdonald’s “This Is The Life” (Mercury/Universal) dips 6-7 on the collective chart, despite climbs of 4-3 in Austria and 9-7 in France. After finishing U.S. dates next Tuesday, the Scottish singer-songwriter begins a British and European tour Oct. 5 in Newcastle.
Rihanna improves 10-8 with “Good Girl Gone Bad” (SRP/Def Jam/Universal), now in its 68th week on Top 100 Albums and back to its highest position since February. It’s No. 3 again in the United Kingdom, while current single “Disturbia” rises 12-10 on the Eurochart. Rounding out the aggregate top ten, Slipknot’s “All Hope Is Gone” (Roadrunner) falls 4-9 in its fourth week, despite a No. 1 debut in Greece, and Amy Winehouse dips 8-10 with “Back To Black” (Universal Island).
Perry’s “Girl” is still No. 1 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark and Flanders, and rises 3-2 in Italy and 10-6 in France. It loses its crown in Ireland and Norway. With Madcon’s Four Seasons cover “Beggin” (Bonnier Amigo) still at No. 2 on the Eurochart, Pussycat Dolls’ “When I Grow Up” (Interscope/Universal) climbs 6-3 overall, improving 4-3 in the United Kingdom and 11-10 in Germany.