Jackson remains atop Euro charts

Holds the top four album spots on Top 100

LONDON -- Michael Jackson continues to hold down the top four titles on European Top 100 Albums, as European Hot 100 Singles welcomes a new bestseller in Pitbull's former Billboard Hot 100 No. 2 hit "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" (Ultra/B1).

Jackson's top three Epic releases around the region keep their places, with "King of Pop" starting a third week at the Top 100 Albums summit. It's at No. 1 again in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Holland and the Belgian region of Wallony, but down 1-2 in neighboring Flanders and Spain. "The Essential Michael Jackson," at No. 2 again overall, sells another 92,000 in the United Kingdom to keep the top spot there, and also reigns again in Ireland, but falls 1-2 in Finland.

"Thriller," steady at No. 3 on Top 100 Albums, is up 4-3 in both the United Kingdom and Ireland, but down 1-2 in Spain, 2-3 in Italy and 3-4 in Germany. Jackson's "The Collection" makes an overall 6-4 climb, jumping 5-1 in Spain, 2-1 in Flanders and holding at the top in Denmark, adding a No. 5 debut in Norway and climbs of 4-3 and 9-6 in Portugal and Germany respectively.

Holding at No. 5, Black Eyed Peas' "The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies)" (Interscope/Universal) continues to be the only non-Jackson title in the pan-European top five. It's up 7-5 in Wallony and 18-13 in the United Kingdom. Current single "I Gotta Feeling" is up 11-3 on the European Hot 100.

There's a new entry at No. 6 overall for Canadian rock quartet Billy Talent's "Billy Talent III" (Atlantic/Warner Music), based chiefly on the group's popularity in the GSA (Germany, Switzerland, Austria) territories. The album comes in at No. 2 in Germany and Austria and No. 3 in Switzerland, with a U.K. ranking of No. 35, the band's best so far there. "Billy Talent II" debuted and peaked at No. 7 on the aggregate chart in May 2006.

Jackson's Motown/Universal catalog is newly represented in the pan-European top ten, as "The Motown Years" climbs 12-7, after a No. 1 debut in Norway and 18-10 climb in Spain. It's also up 5-4 in the United Kingdom (with 22,000 sales) and steady at No. 3 in Wallony. But his "Number Ones" compilation is down 4-9 overall, despite an 11-4 climb in Hungary, where consumers' favorite Jackson title is the 25th anniversary reissue of "Thriller," up 2-1 but down 7-14 in total.

Lady Gaga's "The Fame" (Interscope/Universal) is up 10-8 in its 27th week on Top 100 Albums, after a 10-5 rebound in the United Kingdom. New to the composite top ten is British breakthrough act Florence and the Machine's "Lungs" (Island/Universal), up 13-10 after a second week at No. 2 in the United Kingdom, where weekly sales of 30,000 give it a running total to last weekend of 93,000.

British singer-songwriter Charlie Winston's "Hobo" album (Atmosphériques/Real World), already a major success in France this year, climbs to No. 1 in that market for the first time. The album has sold 320,000 units since its French release in January, according to Real World, which will release "Hobo" in the United Kingdom Sept. 7.

The Pitbull single's best European market is France, where it's No. 1 for a second week, but it's making strides in several other markets, notably Spain (8-3) and Wallony (3-2), while it holds at No. 2 in Holland, Switzerland and Flanders and adds a No. 2 debut in Finland.