Mika’s “Life In Cartoon Motion” album (Casablanca/Universal Island) holds top place on Billboard’s composite European Top 100 Albums survey for a fourth week.
But Rihanna’s 11-week run at No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles with “Umbrella” (Def Jam) featuring Jay-Z is ended by Timbaland’s “The Way I Are” (Interscope) featuring DOE and Keri Hilson.
Mika’s first album has now spent five weeks atop the French chart and has three other European crowns this week, rising 3-1 in Holland and 2-1 in France and the Belgian region of Wallony. It’s also up 6-5 in the artist’s country of signing, the United Kingdom, where “Motion” is the second best-selling album of the year so far and his debut hit “Grace Kelly” is the top-selling single.
Amid tour cancellations caused by her personal problems, Amy Winehouse’s “Back To Black” (Universal Island) is into runner-up place on the composite chart, moving 3-2. That’s a new peak in its 36th week on the countdown, on which it debuted at No. 11 last November, reaching No. 3 at the end of February.
Elvis Presley races 81-3 on Top 100 Albums with “The King,” RCA’s new two-CD compilation released to mark the 30th anniversary of his death Aug. 16. It enters at No. 1 in the United Kingdom, where it’s his 11th chart-topping album, on sales of 45,000. His 10th, “30 #1 Hits,” debuted at the U.K. summit by selling 134,000 in October 2002. The new collection also opens at No. 1 in Austria and No. 3 in Ireland and jumps 41-10 in Germany, while another retrospective, “The Essential Elvis Presley,” is up 2-1 in Sweden, 15-3 in Wallony and 17-4 in neighboring Flanders.
Nelly Furtado’s “Loose” (Mosley/Geffen), which now has worldwide sales of six million according to Universal Music Group International, dips 2-4 on Top 100 Albums. Rihanna’s “Good Girl Gone Bad” (SRP/Def Jam) holds at No. 5, as it rises 6-4 in Poland and 13-10 in the United Kingdom. There’s no move either at No. 6 on the collective chart, where Linkin Park’s “Minutes To Midnight” (Machine Shop/Warner Bros.) holds steady in its 14th consecutive week in the top ten.
Despite his rise to the top of the Eurochart, Timbaland drops 4-7 on the composite album chart with “Shock Value,” while German quartet BeFour falls 7-8 with “All 4 One” (Universal). Making its first pan-European top ten appearance is “Frenetica” (Warner Bros.) by German group Marquess, after rising 3-2 in Germany and 5-4 in Switzerland. The final top ten berth on Top 100 Albums is occupied by London singer-songwriter Kate Nash, whose debut set “Made of Bricks” (Fiction/Polydor) dips from No. 9 after losing top spot to Presley in her home market, where “Bricks” has two-week sales of 90,000.
Timbaland’s single is No. 1 in Denmark and Ireland, and rises 4-2 in Sweden, 7-5 in Wallony and 6-5 in Germany. He’s being pursued on the Eurochart by fellow hip-hop star Kanye West, whose “Stronger” (Roc-a-Fella) is up 13-4 after rising 3-1 in the United Kingdom. The track just manages to remove Robyn’s “With Every Heartbeat” (Konichiwa) from No. 1 there with sales of 36,804, just 67 units more than the Swedish star’s single.
The one top ten entry on the Eurochart is Germany’s new No. 1 single, “Culcha Candela” (Urban) hy Hamma!, which opens overall at No. 9.