Amy Winehouse’s “Back To Black” (Universal Island), which topped European Top 100 Albums for the first time on the final chart of 2007, retains its lead on the first survey published in 2008. “Apologize” (Mosley/Blackground/Interscope) by Timbaland presents One Republic moves into a seventh week at the helm on Eurochart Top 100 Singles.
Winehouse’s album, which had three non-consecutive weeks at No. 2 in August and September, hit the pan-European summit last week, its 54th on the tally. The album is up 4-2 in France, 4-3 in Greece, 5-4 in Germany and 10-5 in its 61st chart week in the United Kingdom, where sales to last weekend total 1.88 million. The deluxe, two-disc version of “Black” dips 9-15 there, while Winehouse has four solo tracks in the top 60 of the U.K. singles chart, in addition to her guest vocal appearance on the top ten hit “Valerie” (Columbia) by Mark Ronson.
Andrea Bocelli’s “Vivere” (Sugar/Universal) moves back 3-2 on Top 100 Albums, continuing to top the Hungarian chart and moving 5-4 in Greece, 6-5 in Denmark and 9-8 in Italy. Thus it trades places on the Europe-wide survey with Led Zeppelin’s “Mothership” (Rhino/Atlantic). The compilation was No. 1 in the week before Christmas but now falls 2-3.
Holding steady at No. 4 and No. 5 respectively are Michael Bublé’s “Call Me Irresponsible” (Reprise) and James Blunt’s “All The Lost Souls” (Custard/Atlantic). Bublé’s album, in its augmented, two-CD format, was Ireland’s bestseller over the holiday season.
Alicia Keys climbs 8-6 on Top 100 Albums with “As I Am” (J) after making the reverse move last week, after improving 9-7 in France and 13-10 in Portugal. Its single “No One” retains runner-up spot on the Eurochart.
Also reversing last week’s move on the pan-European album chart is Eros Ramazotti’s “E2” (Ariola), which is back up 10-7, as it holds at No. 4 in Italy. Leona Lewis falls 7-8 overall with Leona Lewis’ “Spirit” (Syco Muisc/Sony BMG), despite scoring a seventh week at No. 1 in the United Kingdom, with sales to last Saturday night of 1.55 million.
Long-running Gerrman punk band Die Ärzte’s “Jazz Ist Anders” (Hot Action) holds at No. 9 on Top 100 Albums. That’s its eighth consecutive week in the Europe-wide top ten, fuelled by its continuing seven-week run at the top of the German chart. Completing the aggregate top ten albums list is Westlife’s “Back Home” (S/Sony BMG), which is still No. 2 in the United Kingdom, with sales to date of 854,000. It’s also No. 4 again in Ireland.
The Timbaland single extends its Eurochart reign as it holds down the top spot in Germany and Austria again. It’s also up 3-2 in the Belgian region of Flanders and moves back 10-4 in the United Kingdom, where it’s had 11 weeks in the top ten and racked up sales of 275,000 units. Timbaland’s “Shock Value” album is up 18-15 in its 35th week on Top 100 Albums.
There are three new titles in the Eurochart top ten, although two are already familiar. “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” (ColliPark/Interscope) by Soulja Boy Tell’em, which climbed 21-7 two weeks ago before dipping to No. 14, now heads back to No. 7, after a 5-3 climb in the United Kingdom.
Wham!’s 1984 festive favorite “Last Christmas” (Epic) is up 13-8 on the Eurochart after reaching No. 4 in Germany and No. 14 in the United Kingdom in holiday sales. Finally, electro-pop track “Alive” (Mercury) by Mondotek, the producer-DJ duo of Danny Daagard and Steve Morane, climbs 15-9 in its sixth week on the Eurochart, after a 4-2 rise in France.