Norah Jones and Nelly Furtado again have the top titles on Billboard’s pan-European sales charts. Jones’ “Not Too Late” (Blue Note/Parlophone) begins its third week atop Top 100 Albums while Nelly Furtado’s “All Good Things (Come To An End)” (Mosley/Geffen) leads Eurochart Hot 100 Singles for the fourth week in a row and fifth in total.
Jones’ third album last week won an IFPI Platinum Europe award for pan-European shipments of one million copies. It keeps the top spot in Germany, Holland, Sweden, Switzerland and the Belgian regions of Flanders and Wallony. “Not Too Late” falls 1-2 in Denmark and Poland, but now debuts at No.2 in Greece and climbs 10-3 in Hungary.
Furtado’s “Loose” album moves back into runner-up place, from last week’s No.4, in its 36th week on the Europe-wide chart. It’s up 2-1 in Poland, 7-4 in Portugal, 6-3 in Austria, 4-3 in Germany, 12-4 in Denmark and 20-18 in the United Kingdom, where last week Furtado won the international female solo artist category at the BRIT Awards. As she continues her European tour, Furtado’s single is No.1 in Switzerland and Flanders, up 3-2 in Norway and 5-4 in Wallony. Her follow-up single “Say It Right” climbs 19-16 in its third week on the U.K. chart.
Lebanese-born, U.K.-signed discovery Mika climbs 5-4 on Top 100 Albums with “Life In Cartoon Motion (Casablanca/Universal Island), which leads the Official U.K. Charts Co listing for a second week, with total sales of 189,000. The single “Grace Kelly” lands a fifth week at No.1 there and a third in Ireland, to rise 5-2 on the Eurochart. The next European territory to embrace Mika is France, where the album rises 12-6. Mika started a seven-date U.K. tour on Tuesday and plays four further British shows in May.
Among several artists to enjoy sales hikes in the United Kingdom after performances and/or victories at the BRITs Feb.14, Amy Winehouse sells a further 66,000 copies there of her second album “Back To Black” (Universal Island). It’s up 5-2 locally and 7-5 on Top 100 Albums, while “Rehab,” the album’s first single which she performed at the event, climbs back 49-22 in its 18th U.K. chart week. Its successor “You Know I’m No Good” holds at No.42 there, while Winehouse’s first album “Frank” also gets a boost, selling 8,000 copies in the U.K. to jump 55-37.
Fiction/Polydor’s Snow Patrol, who performed “Chasing Cars” at the BRITs, see that long-running single rise again 23-12 after an aggregate 24 weeks, while its follow-up single “Open Your Eyes” is up 56-26. The album containing both tracks, “Eyes Open,” jumps 8-3 locally on weekly sales of 45,000, from a total of 1.66 million, and holds at No.1 in Ireland, fuelling a 13-6 rise on the pan-European list. Further afield, it’s also No.1 in Australia.
Take That’s “Patience” (Polydor), named best British single last week, climbs back 22-10 in the U.K. and 18-15 on the Eurochart, which it topped for six weeks at the end of last year. The album “Beautiful World” moves 20-9 overall, after improving 16-5 at home, 11-5 in Ireland, and 23-3 in Denmark, where “Patience” jumps 2-1. Like Snow Patrol, Take That has two singles climbing the U.K. chart, as the follow-up “Shine” is up 17-11.
French singer-songwriter Zazie enters Top 100 Albums at No.14 with “Totem” (Mercury) after debuts at No.1 in France and No.2 in Wallony. It’s her sixth studio album in a 15-year recording career. Swedish favorite Sophie Zelmani opens at No.2 locally with her seventh album “Memory Loves You” (Columbia).
Finally, veteran British rock-pop group the Moody Blues has a No.2 debut in Holland with “The Moody Blues Collected” (Universal).