U2 draws a 'Line' atop Euro album chart
Kelly Clarkson's 'All I Wanted' registers at No. 3LONDON -- U2 starts a second week atop Billboard's European Top 100 Albums survey with "No Line on the Horizon" (Mercury/Universal), while Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" (Interscope/Universal) secures a fourth week at No. 1 on European Hot 100 Singles.
"No Line" leads the way again in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Holland, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary and the Belgian region of Flanders. Second-week U.K. sales of 44,000 give it a running total there to last weekend of 201,000. But the album loses its crown in Germany, Norway, Finland and Denmark.
Lady Gaga closes in on the pan-European No. 1, moving 3-2 with "The Fame" (Interscope/Universal) after climbing 7-3 in Germany, 14-4 in Flanders and holding at No. 2 in Austria and Ireland. Kelly Clarkson's "All I Wanted" (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) opens at No. 3 overall, compared to a No. 5 start for its predecessor "My December" in July 2007. The new set debuts at No. 3 in the United Kingdom (on sales of 39,000), No. 4 in Germany, Austria and Ireland, while its single "My Life Would Suck Without You" falls 2-4 on the Eurochart.
Clarkson's RCA labelmate Annie Lennox returns to the pan-European higher chart ground with "The Annie Lennox Collection," new at No. 4 after entering at No. 2 in the United Kingdom and No. 5 in Ireland, and holding at No. 4 in Italy. With opening U.K. sales of 42,000, it's her highest-ranking solo album there since "Medusa" in 1995.
The Prodigy's "Invaders Must Die" (Takemetothehospital/Cooking Vinyl) makes a third-week fall of 2-5 on Top 100 Albums, dipping in most European markets but holding steady at No. 5 in Holland and debuting at No. 2 in Hungary. Kings of Leon falls one spot on the composite chart, 5-6, with "Only By The Night" (Hand Me Down/Sony Music Entertainment), its best ranking of the week at No. 2 again in Flanders.
Peter Fox holds at No. 7 overall with "Stadtaffe" (Downbeat/Warner Music), which is back up 2-1 in Germany and steady at No. 3 in Switzerland. Bruce Springsteen falls four places to No. 8 on the Europe-wide album survey with "Working On A Dream" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment), which is down 4-5 in both Spain and Norway and slides 24-52 in the United Kingdom.
Coldplay's "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" (Parlophone/EMI), now in its 40th week on Top 100 Albums, falls a place to No. 9, but climbs 8-5 in Flanders and 16-6 in Portugal and holds at No. 8 in France. Closing out the pan-European top ten, Duffy's "Rockferry" (A&M/Universal) is down four places to No. 10, dropping 6-14 in the United Kingdom.
Lady Gaga's single keeps its Eurochart supremacy ahead of a 4-2 climb for "Right Round" (Atlantic/Warner Music) by Flo Rida featuring Kesha. "Poker Face" moves 2-1 in Finland, 14-3 in Holland, and stays at No. 1 in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Flanders and neighboring Wallony.