The Eagles’ “Long Road Out Of Eden” (Polydor), which had a week at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums three weeks ago, regains its pan-European crown on the new chart. Meanwhile “Apologize” (Mosley/Blackground/Interscope) by Timbaland presents One Republic leads Eurochart Top 100 Singles for a third week.
“Long Road” thus replaces Celine Dion’s “Taking Chances” (Columbia) at the summit, where Dion rested for two weeks. The Eagles set is moving back up the German and U.K. charts, 5-3 and 6-5 respectively, and holds at No. 1 in Greece.
Dion’s album moves up to No. 1 in Switzerland after two weeks at No. 2, but falls 3-4 in the Belgian region of Wallony, 3-5 in Austria and 10-16 in the United Kingdom.
Led Zeppelin’s “Mothership” (Rhino/Atlantic), which spent its first two weeks on Top 100 Albums at No. 4, moves up to No. 3, buoyed by a 6-5 move in Switzerland and a No. 3 debut in Greece. Amy Winehouse’s “Back To Black” (Universal Island) is on the rebound yet again, climbing 7-4 in its 51st week on the pan-European survey after a 12-9 climb in the United Kingdom.
Kylie Minogue’s “X” (Parlophone) is the highest new entry of the European chart week, at No. 5. Its best debut is at No. 4, in her adopted United Kingdom, with first-week sales of 82,000. That represents a 19% improvement on the opening U.K. performances of her last studio album, 2003’s “Body Language.” The single “2 Hearts” holds at No. 5 on the Eurochart as it moves up 2-1 in Spain.
Alicia Keys dips to No. 6 on the composite album chart with “As I Am” (J) after two weeks at No. 3. It falls 1-3 in Switzerland, 3-5 in Holland, 7-8 in Portugal, 7-10 in Italy and 14-28 in the United Kingdom.
Also falling on the Europe-wide countdown is Die Ärzte’s “Jazz Ist Anders” (Hot Action), 5-7, even though it holds at No. 1 in Germany and No. 2 in Austria.
Leona Lewis’ “Spirit” (Syco Music/Sony BMG) similarly dips two spots to No. 8, although it shows few signs of losing its supremacy in her native United Kingdom. The album’s third week at No. 1 there takes its running sales total to 737,000. It’s down to No. 3 in Ireland, replaced at the top by her Syco Music labelmate Shayne Ward’s sophomore album “Breathless.” That makes a U.K. debut at No. 2 on sales of 95,000, and arrives on Top 100 Albums at No. 12.
The pan-European album top ten is completed by Andrea Bocelli’s “Vivere” (Sugar/Universal), which holds at No. 9, and Rihanna’s “Good Girl Gone Bad” (SRP/Def Jam), up 12-10 for its first top ten appearance since early October. It’s up 17-5 in Greece and 9-6 in Germany.
“Apologize” leads the Eurochart again as it collects two more No. 1 spots, climbing 2-1 in Sweden and Switzerland. It’s No. 1 for a third week in Germany and a second in Austria, holding at No. 2 in Denmark and Norway while posting climbs of 7-4 in Holland and 14-5 in Flanders.
New to the Eurochart top ten are “Parle a Ma Main” (Up) by Fatal Bazooka featuring Yelle and Chri, in at No. 9 after a No. 2 debut in France, and Girls Aloud’s 16th consecutive U.K. top ten hit “Call The Shots” (Fascination/Polydor), up 35-10 after a local 9-3 climb.