Duffy's 'Rockferry' solid at No. 1 in Europe
Madonna's '4 Minutes' tops singles chartDuffy starts a second week at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums with "Rockferry" (A&M/Universal). But its hit "Mercy" is usurped at the top of Eurochart Hot 100 Singles by Madonna's "4 Minutes" (Warner Bros.), featuring Justin Timberlake.
"Rockferry" is down 1-4 in the United Kingdom, 1-2 in Switzerland, 3-4 in Ireland, 4-5 in Denmark and 6-7 in Italy, but counters that by debuting at No. 1 in Sweden and holding at No. 1 in Greece. It's also up 17-2 in Spain, 4-2 in Norway and Finland and 4-3 in Austria, and is steady at No. 2 in France and No. 3 in Germany and Portugal.
Amy Winehouse's 71st week on Top 100 Albums with "Back To Black" (Universal Island) sees it climb back 3-2, thanks in part to a 12-3 jump in France. It's No. 1 again in Holland and stands at No. 2 in Germany, Austria, Portugal, Greece and Denmark.
The highest debut of the pan-European album week, at No. 3, goes to Mariah Carey's "E=MC2" (Def Jam/Universal). That's one place higher than the start made by "The Emancipation Of Mimi" in April 2005. In the United Kingdom, the new album starts at No. 3 with sales of 34,000, according to the Official U.K. Charts Company, for her highest album ranking since "Butterfly" opened at No. 2 in 1997. Elsewhere around Europe, "E=MC2" bows at No. 5 in Switzerland, No. 6 in France, No. 7 in Germany and No. 9 in Italy.
Brighton, England quartet the Kooks makes a strong start with its sophomore album "Konk" (Virgin). That has the task of following 1.3 million sales in the United Kingdom alone of the band's January 2006 debut "Inside In/Inside Out," and begins at No. 1 there with an opening 65,000. It's also in at No. 2 in Ireland and No. 6 in Germany, and up 10-4 in the Belgian region of Flanders. The Kooks started a 10-date U.K. tour on Tuesday and play London's 5,000-capacity Brixton Academy May 1 and 2.
R.E.M.'s former pan-European No. 1 "Accelerate" (Warner Bros.) dips 2-5 this week, while Leona Lewis' "Spirit" (Syco Music/Sony BMG) is down 5-6, despite rebounding 5-2 in the United Kingdom in the wake of widespread media coverage of her U.S. chart-topping achievements. The album is six-times platinum (1.8 million shipments) in the U.K., according to the OCC.
The Rolling Stones' "Shine A Light" (Polydor/Universal) falls 4-7 overall, despite adding a No. 10 debut in Italy. Udo Lindenberg's "Stark Wie Zwei" (Starwatch/Warner Bros.) falls 6-8 on the composite chart, despite a third week at No. 1 in Germany.
Two British female singer-songwriters return to the pan-European top ten. Scotland's Amy Macdonald is back up 18-9 with "This Is The Life" (Vertigo/Universal), fuelled by climbs of 10-1 in Denmark, 7-1 in Switzerland and 6-5 in Holland. Her single "Mr.Rock & Roll" is up 5-3 in Switzerland. The title reached No. 8 on Top 100 Albums in January, in the week it belatedly hit the top of the U.K. charts. It's certified double platinum there for shipments of 600,000.
Adele's "19" debut (XL Recordings), which spent its first two weeks on the aggregate survey at No. 6, moves back 12-10, helped by a 5-4 move in Holland. The album holds at No. 15 in its 12th week on the U.K. chart.
Madonna's single now boasts six European No.1 positions. It debuts at the top in Germany and Switzerland and climbs 3-1 in Flanders, 2-1 in neighboring Wallony and spends a fourth week at No. 1 in Finland. In the United Kingdom, the track climbs 4-1 on downloads of 40,000, the OCC reports, on the way to becoming Madonna's 13th No. 1 single in the territory.
The top debut on the Eurochart is by Enrique Iglesias' "Tired Of Being Sorry" (Interscope/Universal) at No. 5. The song was a single from his "Insomniac" album in most European markets last September, but now debuts at No. 1 in France in a new version, subtitled "Laisse Le Destin L'Emporter," with French star Nadiy.
Paul Sexton is a contributor to Billboard. (London)