Muse retain top place on European Top 100 Albums with “Black Holes and Revelations” (Helium 3/A&E/Warner Bros.). It’s No. 1 for a second week in the United Kingdom, Switzerland and the Belgian region of Flanders, and holds its ground in France and Wallony, at No. 2, and Finland, at No. 3.
Meanwhile, “Hips Don’t Lie” (Epic) by Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean, is No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles for the seventh week in a row, and ninth in total.
The top new entry on the composite album chart is Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke’s solo debut “The Eraser” (XL Recordings), which arrives at No. 2. The album opens at No. 3 in the United Kingdom, No. 5 in Italy, No. 6 in France and leaping 26-3 in Flanders.
There’s one other new entry in the top ten of the album chart, although the recording concerned is 12 years old and now debuts in countries where DVD sales are factored into the album charts. It’s Pink Floyd’s “Pulse” (EMI), newly released in the DVD format, prompting a No. 10 entry on Top 100 Albums. The concert recording is new at No. 1 in Germany and No. 5 in Switzerland.
Rihanna’s “A Girl Like Me” (SRP/Def Jam) rises 8-5 in the United Kingdom, helping a 19-14 move on Top 100 Albums. Toronto-based quartet Billy Talent’s “Billy Talent II” (Atlantic) is up 36-15 on the composite chart after jumping 9-3 in Germany.
Shakira, whose “Oral Fixation Vol.2” (Epic) holds at No. 3 on Top 100 Albums, keeps her lead on the Eurochart after holding at No. 2 in the United Kingdom and rising 3-2 in Switzerland, 4-3 in Germany, 9-7 I France and holding at No. 3 in Wallony and No. 5 in Flanders.
The highest arrival on the Eurochart is “Zidane Y Va Marquer” by French radio and TV star Cauet (ULM), which is new at No. 6, after racing 60-1 in France. The song (translated as “Zidane’s Gonna Score”) is a reference to French international soccer star Zinedine Zidane, who was the subject in a controversial dismissal in the final of the soccer World Cup in Germany July 9.
Australian act Rogue Traders makes a sprightly 55-10 move on the Eurochart with “Voodoo Child” (Columbia), after it jumped 18-3 in the United Kingdom. The group, which has enjoyed popularity at home for some time, marks its first European hit with the track, which samples Elvis Costello’s “Pump It Up.”
Christophe Willem, the French singer and actor who on June 8 became the winner of the fourth series of the French TV talent series “Nouvelle Star,” debuts at No. 14 on the Eurochart with “Sunny” (Vogue). His version of the Bobby Hebb standard opens at No. 4 in France. Willem will be 23 years old on Aug. 3.
Finally, Paris Hilton’s “Stars Are Blind” (Warner Bros.) makes its pan-European debut at No. 17, after the track debuted at No. 8 in both Germany and Italy.