Phil Collins has Europe’s new favorite album, climbing 2-1 on Billboard’s European Albums list with “Going Back” (Atlantic/Warner Music), as Eminem’s “Love The Way You Lie” (Interscope/Universal), featuring Rihanna, makes the same move on Hot 100 Singles.
Collins opened at No. 2 on last week’s pan-European chart and moves to the summit after a 4-1 climb in the United Kingdom, where new sales of 40,000 were 5,000 up on those of the week before. It’s No. 1 again in the Netherlands, holds at No. 2 in Germany, No. 3 in France, No. 4 in Switzerland and No. 6 in Denmark, climbs 3-2 in the Belgian region of Flanders and adds new entries at No. 2 in the Czech Republic, No. 5 in Italy, No. 7 in Sweden and No. 13 in Poland. Collins’ last studio album “Testify” spent its first 12 weeks in the Europe-wide top 10 in late 2002 and early 2003, but never got beyond its No. 2 debut.
Last week’s top title in Europe, Linkin Park’s “A Thousand Suns” (Warner Bros./Warner Music), falls back to No. 2, despite holding off Collins for a second week at No. 1 in Germany. “Suns” also stays on top in Austria, debuts at No. 1 in Italy and the Czech Republic, No. 2 in Poland and No. 5 in Sweden, and holds at No. 2 in Denmark and No. 4 in Norway, but it’s down 1-2 in Portugal and Switzerland.
Eminem’s “Recovery” is up 4-3 overall in its 14th week, posting a 7-5 climb in Ireland and holding at No. 5 in Denmark. From it, “Love The Way You Lie” is in its 14th week on Hot 100 Singles and 11th in the top ten, and moves to the summit after four weeks at No. 2. It holds at No. 1 in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Denmark and climbs 2-1 in Sweden, but falls 1-2 in Italy and Wallony and 1-3 in Flanders.
Robert Plant’s “Band of Joy” (Decca/Universal) records a second-week climb of 5-4 on European Albums, moving 3-2 in Norway and 27-14 in Poland, and adding a No. 6 start in Sweden. Another late-1960s graduate returns to the collective chart at No. 5, the starting point for Santana’s “Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time” (Arista/Sony Music Entertainment). It opens at No. 5 in Austria and Switzerland, No. 6 in Portugal, No. 10 in Germany, No. 12 in Poland, No. 14 in the Czech Republic, No. 15 in the United Kingdom (on close to 10,000 sales), and climbs 40-7 in Wallony.
Katy Perry is down 3-6 on the European Albums survey with “Teenage Dream” (Capitol/EMI). Its title track spends a third week at No. 5 on Hot 100 Singles, on which its predecessor “California Gurls” dips 10-12.
The week’s second new entry in the European top 10 is Maroon 5’s third studio set “Hands All Over” (Octone/A&M/Universal), at No. 7. That’s fuelled by debuts of No. 6 in the United Kingdom, No. 8 in the Netherlands and No. 10 in Switzerland. Opening U.K. sales of 16,000 compare to 73,000 and a No. 1 start for the band’s sophomore release “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long” in 2007. From the new album, “Misery” is up 40-37 on Hot 100 Singles.
Volbeat’s “Beyond Hell/Above Heaven” (Universal) is steady at No. 8 in its second week, holding at No. 1 in the band’s native Denmark, debuting at No. 2 in Sweden and holding in runners-up spot in Austria. The Script is down 7-9 overall with “Science & Faith” (Phonogenic/Sony Music Entertainment), dipping 1-2 in the United Kingdom, where new sales just shy of 40,000 add to its opening 70,000.
Finally, Lady Gaga’s “The Fame” (Interscope/Universal) clings to its aggregate top 10 status in its 89th week, holding at No. 3 in Portugal and climbing 11-10 in the Netherlands.