Bruce Springsteen still Euro albums chart boss
James Morrison unseats Katy Perry on singles chartLONDON -- Bruce Springsteen secures a second week atop Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart, as "Working On A Dream" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) again leads the field ahead of "Tonight: Franz Ferdinand" (Domino). There's a new No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, as English singer-songwriter James Morrison's "Broken Strings," featuring Nelly Furtado, ends the five-week reign of Katy Perry's "Hot N Cold" (Virgin/EMI).
"Dream" retains its crown in the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy, Holland, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Ireland and the Belgian region of Flanders. It falls 1-2 in Denmark and Switzerland but adds a No. 2 debut in Hungary. Second-week U.K. sales are 26,000, a 61% drop on its opening 67,000.
In an unchanged top four on the pan-European album chart, the Franz Ferdinand set stays in runner-up spot despite a dramatic 2-21 descent in the United Kingdom, where its second week yields sales of just 10,000. "Tonight" is also down 2-10 in Germany, 3-10 in Spain and 3-5 in Switzerland, but holds at No. 4 in France.
Seal remains at No. 3 Europe-wide with "Soul" (Warner Bros.), spending another week at No. 1 in France and Wallony and climbing 5-4 in Switzerland, 11-5 in Flanders and 13-7 in Italy. Kings of Leon's "Only By The Night" (Hand Me Down/Sony Music Entertainment) spends a third week at No. 4 after climbing back 3-2 in the United Kingdom and holding at No. 2 in Flanders and No. 3 in Holland.
Pink is up 6-5 overall in her 15th week with "Funhouse" (LaFace/Sony Music Entertainment) after an 8-5 rise in Germany, while the soundtrack of "Twilight" (Atlantic/Warner Music) climbs 10-6 collectively, ascending 2-1 in Greece, 3-2 in Austria and 5-4 in Germany.
Amy Macdonald's "This Is The Life" (Vertigo/Universal) is down 5-7 as it records its 60th week on the aggregate chart, holding at No. 6 in Germany and falling 6-8 in Italy. Beyonce's "I Am... Sasha Fierce" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) spends a fourth straight week at No. 8 on Top 100 Albums, resting at No. 4 in Ireland.
Two albums make their first appearance in the pan-European top ten, as Lady Gaga's "The Fame" (Interscope/Universal) climbs 11-9 and Peter Fox's "Stadtaffe" (Downbeat/Warner Music) 18-10. Gaga again has two singles from her set in the top four of the Eurochart, with "Poker Face" up 3-2 and "Just Dance" steady at No. 4. "The Fame" slips 4-5 in the United Kingdom but holds at No. 2 in Ireland and improves 10-4 in Norway. Reggae and hip-hop star Fox, also a member of the band Seeed, released the German-language "Stadtaffe" locally last September but now sees it climb 4-2 there.
"Broken Strings" is Morrison's first Eurochart No. 1, his previous best being a No. 18 peak for his debut U.K. hit "You Give Me Something" in February 2006. The track is down 5-7 in his home territory but holds at No. 1 in Germany and No. 10 in Italy and moves 2-1 in Switzerland, and 5-3 in Austria. His sophomore album "Songs For You, Truths For Me" is just outside the pan-European top ten, climbing 13-11.