Billboard’s pan-European charts welcome another double-winner, as Scissor Sisters move 2-1 with “Ta-Dah” (Polydor) on European Top 100 Albums and with “I Dont’ Feel Like Dancin'” on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, to usurp Justin Timberlake on both surveys.
In the United Kingdom, second-week sales of the sophomore album reach 134,000, to give it a weighty running-total of 423,000, according to data compiled by the Official U.K. Charts Company. The album also holds at No. 1 in Ireland, No. 3 in Austria and debuts at No. 3 in Sweden, dipping 6-7 in Germany. “Dancin'” scores a fourth week at the top of the U.K. chart and also remains at No. 1 in Austria and Noway. Other key moves for the track include 5-2 in Germany, 9-5 in Holland and 6-5 in Denmark.
Katie Melua’s “Piece By Piece” album (Dramatico) gets a sales injection from the U.K. release of an augmented version containing three new songs and a DVD. That helps the set to reappear in the top 75 artist album chart there at No. 25, its 36th week on the survey, with total British sales of 1.1 million. “Piece” thus rebounds 36-6 on Top 100 Albums.
Zucchero Fornaciari’s “Fly” gives Universal’s Polydor label another top ten pan-European title, opening on the composite survey at No. 8. The Italian superstar bows on the chart in his own country at No. 1, while “Fly” also starts at No. 4 in Austria.
British rock band Razorlight climbs 30-10 with its self-titled second album for Vertigo/Universal, after a 7-3 improvement in the United Kingdom in its 11th chart week. Total sales there now stand at 404.000, while current single “America” is new at No. 15 in the United Kingdom on download sales only.
Depeche Mode has a No. 11 entry to the Europe-wide album chart with the concert set “Touring The Angel – Live In Milan” (Mute). It’s a two-DVD/one CD package that qualifies under German rules to enter their main chart at No. 2; in the United Kingdom, it arrives at the top of the music DVD chart. The material was recorded in Milan Feb. 18 and 19 during the band’s epic “Playing The Angel” world tour, which played 69 arena shows worldwide in 30 countries, with 800,000 ticket sales in Eirope alone.
Universal claims notable chart dominance in Austria for the second week, with the top three albums and No. 1 titles on both the singles and compilation charts. Local pop singer Christina Stuermer’s “Lebe Lauter” (Polydor) spends a second week atop the album list (also climbing 5-4 on Top 100 Albums), ahead of “…Und Singen Ist Gold” (Koch) by Kastelruther Spatzen, again at No. 2, and the Scissor Sisters, who are again No. 3. As noted, the American band are also No. 1 there for a second week with “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin'”, and the “Hits 35” collection leads the compilation chart. Universal Music Austria MD Hannes Eder attributes the current success to “a good combination between exciting artists and our highly motivated team.”
Below Scissor Sisters on the Eurochart, Evanescence makes the week’s sharpest climb, improving 19-4 with “Call Me When You’re Sober” (Wind-Up). The track moves 32-4 in the United Kingdom and holds at No. 3 in Italy. Parent album “The Open Door” was released across Europe on Monday.