Metallica records a sixth week atop Billboard’s European Top 100 Albums chart with “Death Magnetic” (Vertigo/Universal), matching the achievement of its 2003 predecessor “St. Anger.” But Katy Perry’s ten-week run at No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles with “I Kissed A Girl” (Virgin/EMI) is over, as Pink’s “So What” (LaFace/Sony Music) moves 2-1.
The Pink single holds at No. 1 in the United Kingdom, with weekly sales of nearly 45,000, and in Germany and Switzerland, also rising 2-1 in Austria but dipping 1-2 in Ireland. The track is up 4-2 in Finland and 4-3 in Denmark.
“Magnetic” loses its last two European crowns, in Sweden (1-5) and Greece (1-2), but shows enough staying power throughout the region to hold off Keane’s third album “Perfect Symmetry” (Universal Island), which opens at No. 2 overall. The Metallica album holds at No. 3 in Hungary but slips 2-3 in Norway and Austria, 3-4 in Germany and Switzerland, 3-5 in Denmark, 4-6 in Italy and 4-9 in Portugal.
Keane’s sophomore album “Under The Iron Sea” spent three weeks at No. 1 on Top 100 Albums in the early summer of 2006. The follow-up makes a No. 1 start in the United Kingdom on sales of 79,000, also arriving at No. 3 in Holland, No. 4 in Ireland, No. 5 in Portugal and No. 10 in Germany.
Oasis slips a place from its No. 2 pan-European entry last week with “Dig Out Your Soul” (Big Brother), after falling 1-2 in the United Kingdom and 1-3 in Italy, although the title holds at No. 2 in Ireland. German rapper Bushido is back on the Europe-wide countdown at No. 4 with “Heavy Metal Payback” (Ersguterju), following debuts at No. 1 in Germany and No. 2 in Austria and Switzerland. Just over a year ago, his “7” album opened at No. 6 overall.
Coldplay falls 3-5 on Top 100 Albums with “Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends” (Parlophone/EMI), making the same downward move in the Belgian region of Wallony. But the single “Viva La Vida” is up 6-4 in Italy.
Also descending the composite album survey are Kings of Leon’s “Only By The Night” (Hand Me Down/Sony Music), off 5-6 despite another week at No. 1 in Ireland, and Amy Macdonald’s “This Is The Life” (Vertigo/Universal), which falls 4-7 despite improving 11-8 in France. The title track single is up 3-2 in Germany but down 1-2 in Austria.
Polydor/Universal’s “Mamma Mia!” soundtrack is back up 9-8 on aggregate. Although its run at No. 1 in Norway is ended by Marit Larsen’s “The Chase” (EMI), the Abba-inspired set is still on top in Portugal.
Duffy’s “Rockferry” (A&M/Universal), which slipped 4-11 on last week’s Top 100 Albums chart, moves back into the top ten at No. 9. It holds at No. 10 in the United Kingdom, where a deluxe edition of the debut set will be released Nov. 24, introduced by the new track “Rain On Your Parade.” Rosenstolz falls 7-10 in its third week on the composite chart with “Die Suche Geht Weiter” (Universal Island).