'Dream' No. 1 in Europe for fourth week
Lily Allen drops to No. 5LONDON -- Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart gives Bruce Springsteen a fourth week at No. 1 with "Working on a Dream" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment), while the new leader on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles is Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" (Interscope/Universal).
"Dream" thus becomes Springsteen's longest-running pan-European chart-topper of the decade, beating the three weeks at the summit for 2007's "Magic" and "Devils & Dust" in 2005. The current set has already fallen out of the U.K. top 20, 7-24, but is holding up well in Scandinavia, outselling all rivals again in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. It's down 1-3 in Austria and Switzerland, 2-3 in Germany, 2-4 in Holland, 3-6 in Italy and 8-9 in France, but holds at No. 2 in Ireland and No. 3 in the Belgian region of Flanders, and climbs 3-1 in Greece.
Morrissey's "Years of Refusal" (Decca/Universal) makes a pan-European No. 2 debut, one place up on the 2006 arrival of "Ringleader of the Tormentors." He's new at No. 3 in the United Kingdom (on opening sales of 39,000), No. 4 in Germany and Denmark and No. 5 in Sweden.
Kings of Leon's "Only By the Night" (Hand Me Down/Sony Music Entertainment) is up 4-3 in its 22nd week on Top 100 Albums. In the United Kingdom it returns 2-1 after the quartet's double triumph at the BRIT Awards Feb.18, with weekly sales of 67,000, while the single "Use Somebody" is back up 12-3 there to fuel a 28-9 rise on the Eurochart. "Night" also holds at No. 1 in Flanders and No. 3 in Holland.
Swedish garage rock outfit Mando Diao's fifth album "Give Me Fire!" (Musica Dela Santa) makes a bold No. 4 debut Europe-wide, following a clean sweep of No. 1 debuts in the GSA (Germany, Switzerland, Austria) territories.
After a No. 2 debut last week on Top 100 Albums, Lily Allen's sophomore set "It's Not Me, It's You" (Parlophone/EMI) is down to No. 5. It falls 1-2 in the United Kingdom but is up 6-5 in Flanders, and lead track "The Fear" tops the U.K. singles chart for a fourth week on weekly sales of 45,000.
Seal takes a 3-6 tumble on the composite chart with "Soul" (Warner Bros.), even though it's still No. 1 in France and Wallony and No. 2 in Flanders. But there's a 12-7 climb for Lady Gaga's "The Fame," which improves 7-2 in Denmark, 4-3 in Finland and 13-7 in the United Kingdom.
Returning to the pan-European top ten are Duffy's "Rockferry" (A&M/Universal), 19-8, and Coldplay's "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" (Parlophone/EMI), 11-9. Duffy's album has a U.K. sales upswing of nearly 97% after her triple victory at the BRIT Awards, to rise 19-4 there, and Coldplay sells another 13,000 copies of its album in the U.K. market despite a scorecard of no wins from four BRIT nominations.
Peter Fox's "Stadtaffe" (Downbeat/Warner Music) reverses last week's 10-6 climb on Top 100 Albums, climbing 3-2 in Austria and 15-4 in Switzerland but slipping 1-2 in Germany. But Fox has new activity on the singles chart there: previous release "Haus Am See" holds at No. 9 but the follow-up "Schwarz Zu Blau" races 15-3.