U2, Lady Gaga still No. 1 on Euro charts
Leonard Cohen opens at No. 6LONDON -- U2 and Lady Gaga continue their reigns on Billboard's pan-European charts. "No Line on the Horizon" (Mercury/Universal) starts a fifth week at the Top 100 Albums summit and "Poker Face" (Interscope/Universal) moves into a seventh week at No. 1 on the European Hot 100 Singles.
"Horizon" has three No. 1 berths across the region, holding steady in Hungary and Greece and moving back 2-1 in Spain. It falls beneath the top ten, 9-17, in the United Kingdom, where "Magnificent" will be released as its second single May 4, and 1-2 in Portugal, but is up 3-2 in the Belgian region of Flanders.
As "Poker Face" continues at No. 1 in the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Flanders and neighboring Wallony, and moves 2-1 in Holland, Lady Gaga's "The Fame" spends a fourth week at No. 2 on Top 100 Albums. It heads the U.K. chart for the first time, moving 3-1 on sales of 38,000 from a total to last weekend of 284,000. It's also up 2-1 in Ireland and 4-3 in Switzerland.
The top new pan-European entry is Diana Krall's "Quiet Nights" (Verve/Universal), at No. 3. That improves on the No. 6 debut of the vocalist's last studio release, "From This Moment On," in 2006. The new set makes its best showing at No. 1 in Portugal, where "Moment" opened at No. 8 before climbing to No. 4. "Nights" is also in at No. 2 in Norway, No. 3 in Austria, No. 5 in France, No. 7 in Germany and No. 8 in Italy.
Sony Music Entertainment releases by Kings of Leon ("Only By the Night," Hand Me Down) and Silbermond ("Nichts Passiert," Columbia) hold at Nos. 4 and 5 overall respectively. "Night" is up 2-1 in Flanders while "Passiert" stays at No. 1 in Germany and Austria but falls 1-2 in Switzerland.
Another Columbia release, Leonard Cohen's "Live in London," opens at No. 6 on Top 100 Albums after arriving at No. 4 in Denmark, No. 5 in Ireland and No. 19 in the United Kingdom, the latter with 9,000 sales.
Sony Music Entertainment's fourth consecutive title on the Europe-wise chart, "The Annie Lennox Collection" (RCA), is steady at No. 7 after moving back 5-3 in the United Kingdom. Amy Macdonald's seemingly indestructible "This is the Life" (Mercury/Universal) makes yet another return visit to the pan-European top ten, climbing 11-8 in its 68th chart week. That's fuelled by moves of 5-2 in Italy and 6-5 in Italy, as the debut set holds at No. 3 in Spain.
Peter Fox's "Stadtaffe" (Downbeat/Warner Music) falls a place to No. 9 overall, holding at No. 2 in Germany and No. 4 in Austria. Finally, there's a new entry at No. 10 on Top 100 Albums for German hip-hop star Samy Deluxe's "Dis Wo Ich Herkomm" (Capitol/EMI), which arrives at No. 3 in Germany and No. 4 in Switzerland.