U2 is No. 1 in Europe again
Kings of Leon mark sixth month on chartsLONDON -- Billboard's European Top 100 Albums is headed for a third week by U2's "No Line on the Horizon" (Mercury/Universal), and Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" (Interscope/Universal) starts a fifth week atop European Hot 100 Singles.
The U2 album continues at No. 1 in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, Hungary, the Belgian region of Flanders and makes a chart-topping debut in Greece. It tumbles 1-6 in the United Kingdom and is also down 1-2 in Ireland and Austria. Lady Gaga's "The Fame" continues to tail U2 on the composite chart, at No. 2 for a second week after climbing 2-1 in Ireland and Austria, 3-2 in Germany, 5-3 in Denmark and 8-7 in the United Kingdom.
"The Annie Lennox Collection" (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) gives the Scottish vocalist a second-week climb of 4-3 on Top 100 Albums. The compilation holds at No. 2 in the United Kingdom and No. 4 in Italy while rising 5-3 in Ireland. Kings of Leon's "Only By The Night" (Hand Me Down/Sony Music Entertainment) marks six months on the composite survey with a 6-4 climb, holding at No. 2 in Flanders and improving 4-3 in the United Kingdom.
The Prodigy's former pan-European No. 1 "Invaders Must Die" (Takemetothehospital) holds at No. 5 in its fourth week, resting at No. 8 in Germany but sliding 7-12 in the United Kingdom. German reggae and hip-hop star Peter Fox continues his pan-European top ten run with "Stadtaffe" (Downbeat/Warner Music), up 7-6 overall as it continues at No. 1 in Germany and No. 3 in Austria.
Irish vocalist Ronan Keating returns to the Europe-wide top ten at No. 7 with the covers set "Songs For My Mother" (Polydor/Universal), after a No. 1 U.K. start on strong opening sales of 87,000. That compares to 37,000 first-week U.K.sales for its 2006 predecessor "Bring You Home." The new release is part of a week-on-week sales spurt of nearly 26% in the U.K. market in the week leading up to Mother's Day. It also started at No. 4 in Ireland.
Kelly Clarkson's "All I Wanted" (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment), which debuted at No. 3 last week on the aggregate chart, is down to No. 8, after falling 3-8 in the United Kingdom and 4-10 in Germany. Seal's "Soul" (Warner Bros.) makes another surge, rising 17-9 overall after holding at No. 4 in Wallony and No. 5 in France. Bruce Springsteen dips 8-10 on Top 100 Albums with "Working On A Dream" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment), its best showing a No. 5 spot in Spain.
"Poker Face" adds two more major markets to its list of European conquests, rising 4-1 on U.K. sales of 53,000 and 3-1 in France. It's No. 1 again in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Finland and Flanders.