For a second week, Phil Collins leads Billboard’s European Albums chart with “Going Back” (Atlantic/Warner Music), in a vintage-looking top ten that also includes Eric Clapton, Santana and Neil Young.
“Going Back” loses its U.K. crown, falling 1-3 with sales last week of 26,000, for a three-week total of 101,000. But it stays at No. 1 in Holland and climbs 7-3 in Sweden, 12-9 in Hungary and 14-10 in Norway. It also holds at No. 3 in Spain and No. 4 in Switzerland.
Linkin Park’s “A Thousand Suns” (Warner Bros./Warner Music), which preceded Collins at the pan-European summit, holds at No. 2, despite falling 1-2 in Germany, Italy and the Czech Republic and 1-3 in Austria. It rests at No. 2 in Switzerland, Portugal and Poland.
Eric Clapton’s “Clapton” (Reprise/Warner Music) debuts at No. 3 overall, after such high-profile debuts as No. 3 in Germany and Denmark, No. 5 in Spain, Norway and Austria, No. 7 in the United Kingdom (on sales of 15,000 copies), No. 8 in the Belgian region of Wallony and No. 10 in France and Holland. Clapton’s last set of new music, the 2006 collaboration with J.J. Cale, “The Road To Escondido” (also on Reprise), also made a Europe-wide No. 3 debut.
Santana’s “Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time” (Arista/Sony Music Entertainment) climbs 5-4 on the collective chart, after debuting at No. 2 in Hungary and No. 4 in Italy, and moving 14-7 in the Czech Republic.
The Script moves back 9-5 with “Science & Faith” (Phonogenic/Sony Music Entertainment), after the Irish group’s sophomore album returned 2-1 in the United Kingdom on sales of 34,000. It continues at No. 1 in Ireland, where its self-titled 2008 debut holds at No. 3.
Eminem’s “Recovery” (Interscope/Universal) dips 3-6 across Europe, its highest ranking of the week being No. 6 in Switzerland. “Love The Way You Lie” climbs 2-1 in Spain and holds at No. 1 in Switzerland and Austria.
Meanwhile, making his first appearance in the pan-European album top ten is German violinist David Garrett, whose “Rock Symphonies” (Decca/Universal) arrives at No. 7. That’s after debuts of No. 1 in Germany and No. 4 in Austria; Garrett’s 2008 album “Encore” also rises 33-10 in Germany.
Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” (Capitol/EMI) slips 6-8 overall, holding at No. 9 in Switzerland, and the pan-European album top ten concludes with two new entries.
“Record Collection” (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) by English producer-DJ-artist Mark Ronson and the Business International bows at No. 9, following a No. 2 debut in the United Kingdom, with sales of 29,000.
Neil Young’s “Le Noise” (Reprise/Warner Music) starts at a collective No. 10, led by debuts of No. 3 in Norway and No. 6 in Denmark. U.K. sales of 10,000 give it a No. 18 start there.