Turnover on Billboard Eurocharts

Pink unseats Katy Petty, Metallica reigns

LONDON -- Metallica records a sixth week atop Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart with "Death Magnetic" (Vertigo/Universal), matching the achievement of its 2003 predecessor "St. Anger." But Katy Perry's ten-week run at No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles with "I Kissed a Girl" (Virgin/EMI) is over, as Pink's "So What" (LaFace/Sony Music) moves 2-1.

The Pink single holds at No. 1 in the U.K, with weekly sales of nearly 45,000, and in Germany and Switzerland, also rising 2-1 in Austria but dipping from No. 1 to No. 2 in Ireland. The track is up from No. 4 to No. 2 in Finland and No. 4 to No. 3 in Denmark.

"Magnetic" loses its last two European crowns, in Sweden (1-5) and Greece (1-2), but shows enough staying power throughout the region to hold off Keane's third album "Perfect Symmetry" (Universal Island), which opens at No. 2 overall. The Metallica album holds at No. 3 in Hungary but slips 2-3 in Norway and Austria, 3-4 in Germany and Switzerland, from No. 3 to No. 5 in Denmark, No. 4 to No. 6 in Italy and No. 4 to No. 9 in Portugal.

Keane's sophomore album "Under the Iron Sea" spent three weeks at No. 1 on Top 100 Albums in the early summer of 2006. The follow-up makes a No. 1 start in the U.K. on sales of 79,000, also arriving at No. 3 in Holland, No. 4 in Ireland, No. 5 in Portugal and No. 10 in Germany.

Oasis slips a place from its No. 2 Pan-European entry last week with "Dig Out Your Soul" (Big Brother), after falling 1-2 in the U.K. and 1-3 in Italy, although the title holds at No. 2 in Ireland. German rapper Bushido is back on the Europe-wide countdown at No. 4 with "Heavy Metal Payback" (Ersguterju), following debuts at No. 1 in Germany and No. 2 in Austria and Switzerland. Just over a year ago, his "7" album opened at No. 6 overall.

Coldplay falls from No. 3 to No. 5 on Top 100 Albums with "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" (Parlophone/EMI), making the same downward move in the Belgian region of Wallony. But the single "Viva La Vida" is up from No. 6 to No. 4 in Italy.

Also descending the composite album survey are Kings of Leon's "Only By The Night" (Hand Me Down/Sony Music), off 5-6 despite another week at No. 1 in Ireland, and Amy Macdonald's "This Is The Life" (Vertigo/Universal), which falls from fourth to seventh despite improving from No. 11 to No. 8 in France. The title track single is up from third to second in Germany but down from No. 1 to No. 2 in Austria.

Polydor/Universal's "Mamma Mia!" soundtrack is back up from No. 9 to No. 8 on aggregate. Although its run at No. 1 in Norway is ended by Marit Larsen's "The Chase" (EMI), the Abba-inspired set is still on top in Portugal.

Duffy's "Rockferry" (A&M/Universal), which slipped from No. 4 to No. 11 on last week's Top 100 Albums chart, moves back into the top ten at No. 9. It holds at No. 10 in the U.K., where a deluxe edition of the debut set will be released Nov. 24, introduced by the new track "Rain On Your Parade." Rosenstolz falls from seventh to tenth in its third week on the composite chart with "Die Suche Geht Weiter" (Universal Island).
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