She may have been pictured in the U.K. press this week with a brand new blond hair color, but it’s “Back To Black” (Universal Island) which gives Amy Winehouse a fourth consecutive week at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums, while the new Eurochart Hot 100 Singles listing sees “Apologize” (Mosley/Blackground/Interscope) by Timbaland presents One Republic start its ninth week at the top.
Winehouse continues at No. 1 in Germany and Switzerland, holds at No. 2 in France and Holland, No. 3 in Austria and No. 4 in Greece, and rises 5-2 in Ireland, 4-3 in the Belgian region of Flanders and 47-8 in Spain. Additionally, her debut album, 2003’s “Frank,” is up 35-32 in the United Kingdom.
Radiohead’s “In Rainbows” (XL Recordings) retains runner-up spot on the composite list, holding at No. 1 in France and rising 18-2 in Switzerland, 8-2 in Flanders and 11-7 in Italy. But it falls 1-2 in the United Kingdom (adding 25,000 sales for a two-week total of 69,000) and 1-3 in Ireland.
Mika follows the four BRIT Award nominations he received on Monday (14) by moving back 4-3 on Top 100 Albums with “Life In Cartoon Motion” (Casablanca/Island). The album led the chart for six weeks last August and September and now posts a 4-1 climb in Wallony and 7-4 in France. Thus Mika changes places on the composite chart with Timbaland’s “Shock Value” (Interscope), although that set moves 8-6 in Poland.
Rihanna improves 7-5 overall with “Good Girl Gone Bad” (SRP/Def Jam). The album, which peaked at No. 3 in non-consecutive weeks last June and July, has spent its entire 32-week run inside the pan-European top 20. It now rises 9-5 in Ireland, 18-9 in Poland and 15-13 in the United Kingdom, where the Barbadian R&B singer gets another top 10 hit from it, climbing 12-6 with “Don’t Stop The Music.”
Italian superstar Eros Ramazotti’s “E2” (Ariola), which has only dipped outside the top ten once in its 11 weeks on Top 100 Albums, moves back 8-6 after rising 8-2 in Norway, 4-2 in Hungary, 6-3 in Spain and 5-3 in Greece. Alicia Keys falls 5-7 overall with “As I Am” (J/Sony BMG).
Scottish singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald is up 27-8 on the aggregate chart with her debut album “This Is The Life” (Vertigo/Universal). It debuted at No. 2 on the U.K. survey last August, but rebounds 6-1 there after a renewed marketing campaign and further exposure via its current title track single, which also rises 40-28. Total U.K. sales of the album to last weekend are 368,000.
Led Zeppelin’s “Mothership” (Atlantic) is down 6-9 overall despite an 8-5 climb in Greece, while Andrea Bocelli’s “Vivere” (Sugar/Universal) holds at No. 10 on Top 100 Albums, rising 5-4 in Sweden.
Timbaland’s Eurochart reign extends with the help of a remarkable ninth week at No. 1 in Germany, an eighth in Austria and seventh in Switzerland. It’s also up 4-2 in Sweden, 4-3 in Wallony and 7-4 in Italy.
Three singles make spectacular climbs into the top ten on the Eurochart. “Now You’re Gone” (Hard2Beat) by Basshunter, the recording name of Swedish DJ-producer Jonas Altberg, is up 46-5. The English version of his pan-European hit “Boten Anna” rises 14-1 in the United Kingdom on weekly sales of 35,000.
Britney Spears is up 42-6 on the Eurochart with “Piece of Me” (Jive/Zomba), after climbs of 4-1 in Ireland and 19-2 in the United Kingdom, while German rock band Tokio Hotel heads 62-7 with “An Deiner Seite (Ich Bin Da)” (Universal Island), thanks to a 52-2 move in France.