Amy Winehouse’s “Back To Black” (Universal Island) returns to the top of Billboard’s European Top 100 Albums chart, as the 14-week run by Timbaland presents One Republic’s “Apologize” (Mosley/Blackground/Interscope) on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles is finally ended by Leona Lewis’ “Bleeding Love” (Syco Music/Sony BMG).
After seven weeks as Europe’s No. 1, Winehouse’s album spent the last two weeks at No. 2 behind new entries for Jack Johnson and then Michael Jackson. It returns to the summit after climbing 3-1 in Switzerland and the Belgian region of Flanders, 2-1 in Spain, Austria and Ireland, and holding at No. 1 in Germany, Holland and Portugal. It’s also up 7-3 in Italy, 10-5 in Poland, 7-5 in Wallony and 16-12 in the United Kingdom, where the deluxe, two-CD edition of the album vaults 14-3 in the wake of Winehouse’s Brit Award performances.
Jackson’s 25th anniversary reissue of “Thriller” (Legacy/Epic) thus falls to No. 2 overall, although it holds at No. 1 in France and Wallony, debuts at No. 2 in Sweden and climbs 5-2 in Ireland, 4-2 in Spain, 3-2 in Denmark and 6-4 in Poland. The re-release also maintains six other European top five rankings.
English singer Lewis not only moves 2-1 on the Eurchart with her increasingly pan-European hit single but improves 5-3 on Top 100 Albums with her debut set “Spirit.” That’s new at No. 4 in Holland and up 3-2 in Greece and 5-3 in Switzerland.
Johnson’s “Sleep Across The Static” (Brushfire/Universal Island) falls 3-4 on the composite chart, as a No. 3 debut in Greece is offset by a 1-8 decline in the United Kingdom. Lenny Kravitz is down 4-5 on the European tally with “It Is Time For A Love Revolution” (Virgin), despite a No. 4 start in Greece.
British melodic rock band the Feeling makes a strong start with its sophomore release “Join With Us” (Universal Island). The follow-up to the 2006 debut “Twelve Stops and Home” (which according to the label now has U.K. sales of 800,000), it’s new at No. 6 on Top 100 Albums. That follows a U.K. debut at No. 1 on sales of 41,000.
The band’s Island labelmate Mika edges up 8-7 with “Life In Cartoon Motion,” his Brits performance and victory (as British Breakthrough Act) helping a 9-5 climb in the United Kingdom. Rihanna’s “Good Girl Gone Bad” (SRP/Def Jam) and Nickelback’s “All The Right Reasons” (Roadrunner) fall 6-7 and 7-9 on the Europe-wide album survey respectively.
There’s a new entry at No. 10 on Top 100 Albums, as “Frei” (Pavement) by Wise Guys arrives after a No. 2 debut in Germany. The popular five-piece acappella group has been recording since 1994.
As Leona Lewis takes charge of the Eurochart, female French-Israeli singer-songwriter Yael Naim climbs 4-3 with “New Soul” (Tot ou Tard). Naim is enjoying success in France, with the single holding at No. 2 and a self-titled album up 11-7, and in Switzerland and Wallony. Naim performed at MIDEM last month and will play South By Southwest next month.