AC/DC still in charge of Euro album charts<br />
'Infinity 2008' enjoys second week as top single
LONDON -- Billboard's new pan-European charts reveal a third week at the Top 100 Albums summit for AC/DC's "Black Ice" (Columbia/Sony BMG) and a second atop Eurochart Hot 100 Singles for Guru Josh Project's "Infinity 2008" (Bigcitybeats).
The Anglo-Australian rock band still has four No. 1 berths across Europe, in Germany, Denmark, Greece and the Belgian region of Flanders. "Ice" falls from No. 1 to No. 2 in France, Spain, Sweden, Norway and the Belgian region of Wallony and from No. 1 to No. 4 in Hungary, but holds at No. 2 in Switzerland.
In an unchanged top four on Top 100 Albums, Pink's "Funhouse" (LaFace/Sony BMG) maintains last week's No. 2 entry point. It falls from first to second place in the United Kingdom on second-week sales of 58,000 copies (for a total to last weekend of 170,000), from first to third in Switzerland, from second to third in Germany and Ireland and from third to fourth in Austria, but enters at No. 3 in Sweden and No. 4 in France while climbing from fourth to third in Flanders.
The Walt Disney label's "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" soundtrack rests at No. 3 overall, climbing from second to first place in Spain and from 10th to sixth in France, but falling from No. 1 to No. 2 in Austria. Metallica's "Death Magnetic" (Vertigo/Universal) also is unmoved at No. 4 overall, dipping from sixth to ninth place in Germany.
The top new entry of the pan-European album week, at No. 5, is British female pop quintet Girls Aloud's "Out of Control" (Fascination/Polydor). It becomes the group's first studio No. 1 in the United Kingdom on sales of 85,000 units, even as lead single and former U.K. best-seller "The Promise" falls from No. 10 to No. 14 on the Eurochart.
Celine Dion's career retrospective "My Love -- Ultimate Essential Collection" (Columbia/Sony BMG), which opened on Top 100 Albums last week at No. 11, climbs to No. 6. It falls from fifth to seventh place in its second U.K. chart week but improves from fifth to second in Flanders, from third to second in Ireland and from sixth to fifth in Wallony. Another of last week's new entries, "The Katie Melua Collection" (Dramatico), is up two rungs to No. 7, with climbs from ninth to third place in Denmark, from fourth to third in the Netherlands and from eighth to fourth in Portugal compensating for a fall from 15th to 22nd in the United Kingdom.
Amy Macdonald's long-running "This Is the Life" (Vertigo/Universal) slips from No. 7 to No. 8, despite a climb from 10th to fifth place in the Netherlands, and Snow Patrol's "A Hundred Million Suns" (Fiction/Polydor/Universal) is off four places from its No. 5 composite debut last week. The latter set is No. 1 again in Ireland but down from No. 2 to No. 5 in the United Kingdom.
The other top 10 newcomer, at No. 10, is "Die Wahrheit Ubers Lugen" (The Truth About Lying) by Farin Urlaub Racing Team, fronted by Berlin-based rock singer Urlaub. The set, issued by Volker hort die Tontrager/Universal, is new at No. 2 in Germany and No. 5 in Austria. It is the follow-up to "Livealbum of Death," which started at No. 1 in Germany and No. 8 on Top 100 Albums in 2006.
"Infinity 2008" moves into its second week atop the Eurochart thanks to a No. 1 debut in France and climbs from No. 4 to No. 3 in Austria and from No. 7 to No. 4 in Switzerland. The single also is No. 1 again in Flanders.
Macdonald's title track from "Life" rises from No. 3 to No. 2 on the Eurochart after rising from sixth to fifth place in Sweden and holding at No. 2 in Austria and No. 3 in Germany.