Jackson maintains control of Euro charts

'King of Pop' CD holds top spots on albums tally

LONDON -- Michael Jackson's "King of Pop" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment) continues its chart-topping run on Billboard's European Top 100 Albums survey, with Pitbull's "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" (Ultra/B1) moving into a second week atop European Hot 100 Singles.

The 2008 retrospective "King of Pop" is still at No. 1 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, and Holland, but dips 1-2 in the Belgian region of Wallony and 2-5 in Hungary.

This is the set's fourth week atop the European Top 100 Albums chart. Jackson still has the top three titles on the pan-European list, with Epic's other compilations "The Collection" and "The Essential" at Nos. 2 and 3 again.

"The Collection" climbs 2-1 in Wallony and holds at No. 1 in neighboring Flanders, Spain and Denmark. It's also up 6-4 in Germany and Switzerland, 5-4 in Norway and 17-8 in Italy, while a five-CD set of Jackson's classic studio albums is new at No. 14 in the United Kingdom on sales of 10,000.

"The Essential" is favorite among his releases in the United Kingdom and Ireland, with 57,000 new U.K. sales for a fourth week on top, and also climbs 13-3 in Sweden and 6-5 in Italy. But the U.K.'s bestselling album of the week is contained in the separate compilations chart, on which "Now That's What I Call Music! 73" (Virgin/EMI/UMTV) sells 274,000, compared to an opening 299,000 for "Now 72" in April.

Lady GaGa's "The Fame" (Interscope/Universal), which had one week at the Top 100 Albums peak in April, is back up 8-4, after a 5-3 rise in the United Kingdom. Total sales there to last weekend are 641,000. Black Eyed Peas' "The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies)" (Interscope/Universal) spends a fourth straight week at No. 5 overall, moving 4-2 in France, 5-4 in Wallony and 13-8 in the United Kingdom. The single "I Gotta Feeling" holds at No. 3 on the European Hot 100 after climbing 6-1 in Wallony and 10-2 in Flanders. It's No. 1 for a second week in Ireland.

Jackson also has the next three titles on the European Top 100 Albums top ten. "Thriller" is down 3-6, despite holding at No. 2 in Italy; "Number Ones" is up 9-7, moving 5-2 in Germany; and Motown/Universal's "The Motown Years," including hits as part of the Jackson 5, dips 7-8, resting at No. 1 in Norway and No. 3 in Wallony, and improving 6-3 in Flanders and 10-7 in Spain.

Green Day's "21st Century Breakdown" (Reprise/Warner Music) is back up 13-9 on the pan-European chart after two weeks outside the top ten. It's up 13-10 in Italy and 27-20 in the United Kingdom, where current single "21 Guns" nudges 40-39. But "Billy Talent III" (Atlantic/Warner Music) is down 6-10 in its second week for the Canadian rock band, holding at No. 2 in Austria but falling 2-3 in Germany and 3-4 in Finland.

Pitbull leads the pan-European singles race for a second time as it spends a third week atop the French chart and climbs 2-1 in Flanders. It's also No. 2 in Wallony, Holland and Switzerland, and up 9-7 in the United Kingdom.