Euro charts embrace Britney Spears
'Circus,' 'Womanizer' are region's top album, singleLONDON -- Britney Spears' impressive sales week spreads across Europe as she follows the No. 1 debut of "Circus" on the Billboard 200 by racing from No. 41 to No. 1 with the set on European Top 100 Albums and from No. 7 to No. 1 with lead track "Womanizer" on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.
"Circus" debuted at No. 41 on last week's pan-Europe survey after a No. 5 entry in France and chart entries in the Belgian regions of Flanders and Wallony, but leaps to No. 1 during its first full sales week across the region. The album makes only one best-selling start, in Switzerland, but arrives at No. 2 in Ireland, No. 4 in the United Kingdom, No. 5 in Denmark and No. 9 in Germany and Italy. It also climbs two spots to No. 3 in France and six spots to No. 4 in Wallony.
First-week U.K. sales of 76,000 for "Circus" easily outdo those of 48,000 for its predecessor "Blackout," which had a week at No. 1 on Top 100 Albums in November 2007. Sony BMG puts Spears' total worldwide album sales at 62 million. Her "Circus Starring Britney Spears" tour will play no fewer than eight nights at London's 02 Arena from June 3-14.
Guns N' Roses' pan-Europe reign thus is limited to one week as "Chinese Democracy" (Black Frog/Geffen/Universal) falls into the runner-up spot. The album drops from No. 1 to No. 4 in Finland and Switzerland and from No. 2 to No. 11 in the U.K.; the only European market in which it does not recede is Hungary, where it's steady at No. 4.
AC/DC's "Black Ice" (Columbia/Sony BMG) spends a seventh straight week in the Europe-wide top three, at No. 3 again after climbing back one spot to No. 2 in Germany and holding at No. 4 in Flanders. Enya is No. 4 again overall with "And Winter Came" (Warner Bros.), resting at No. 2 in Flanders behind Belgian trance band Milk Inc.'s "Forever" (ARS).
Pink moves back two spots to No. 5 on Top 100 Albums with "Funhouse" (LaFace/Sony BMG), fueled by a four-spot rise to No. 3 in Germany. The single "So What," a former No. 1 in several European territories, improves four spots to No. 5 in France and stays at No. 2 in Austria and No. 3 in Germany, standing at No. 5 on the Eurochart. But the Killers' "Day & Age" (Def Jam/Universal Island) falls four places from last week's composite No. 2 entry, dropping from No. 1 to No. 2 in the U.K. and from No. 1 to No. 5 in Ireland. The single "Human" is down one spot to No. 6 on the Eurochart.
British pop quartet Take That is new at No. 7 on the Europe-wide album survey with "The Circus" (Polydor/Universal) after a No. 1 start in the U.K. on towering opening sales of 432,000 copies. That's a huge start for the former boy band, put into context by the fact that its 2006 comeback set "Beautiful World" opened with sales of 168,000. The new album is in at No. 3 in Ireland, while the single "Greatest Day" falls from No. 1 to No. 2 in the U.K. and from No. 8 to No. 10 on the Eurochart. The group is set to play a massive 19-date stadium tour of the U.K. and Ireland in June and July.
Descending the pan-Europe album top 10 are Il Divo's "The Promise" (Syco Music/Sony BMG), which drops three spots to No. 8, and Seal's "Soul" (Warner Bros.), which drops three spots to No. 9. Il Divo nonetheless moves up a spot to No. 1 in Greece and up three spots to No. 2 in the Netherlands, while Seal holds at No. 1 in Wallony. Walt Disney/Hollywood's "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" soundtrack spends a third week at No. 10 overall after peaking at No. 3 last month.
Spears' "Womanizer" single climbs from No. 5 to No. 2 in Denmark, No. 3 to No. 2 in Wallony, No. 7 to No. 3 in the U.K., No. 10 to No. 4 in Austria, No. 9 to No. 7 in Germany and debuts at No. 4 in France, though it drops from No. 1 to No. 4 in Finland. Katy Perry moves up one spot to No. 2 on the Eurochart with "Hot N Cold" (Virgin/EMI). Four of the top five artists on the Eurochart are female, with last week's No. 1, Beyonce's "If I Were a Boy" (Columbia/Sony BMG), down to No. 4 and the Pink song at No. 5. Guru Josh Project's former No. 1 "Infinity 2008" (Bigcitybeats) drops from No. 2 to No. 3.
Leona Lewis' cover of Snow Patrol's "Run" (Syco Music/Sony BMG) is the Eurochart's highest new entry at No. 8 after a chart-topping start in the U.K. on 133,000 downloads, a record for a No. 1 not also available physically.