Linkin Park stays No. 1 in Europe


LONDON -- As Linkin Park's "Minutes To Midnight" (Machine Shop/Warner Bros.) secures a third week atop European Top 100 Albums, there's a new No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, where "Umbrella" (Def Jam/Universal Island) by Rihanna featuring Jay-Z moves up from No. 5.

The Linkin Park album is now three-quarters of the way towards matching the pan-European chart-topping performance of its 2003 predecessor "Meteora," which had four consecutive weeks at the summit. "Midnight" retains top place this week in Germany, Austria and Norway and, although it loses its crown in Italy, Hungary and Ireland, it regains it in Switzerland, 2-1, and has a new one in Greece, debuting at No. 1.

Maroon 5's "It Won't Be Soon Before Long" (Octone/A&M/Interscope), which debuted at No. 4 last week on the European tally, moves up to No. 2. It's spending a second week at No. 1 in the United Kingdom, with sales in that span of 113,000, and adds a No.6 debut in Germany. Opening single "Makes Me Wonder" slips 6-7 on the Eurochart.

Nelly Furtado's extraordinarily resilient "Loose" (Mosley/ Geffen) climbs again, 5-3, in its 51st week on the survey, after posting an 8-5 improvement in Switzerland. The single "Say It Right," which falls 2-3 on the Eurochart, is up 5-4 in Norway and 14-9 in Italy. Furtado also holds at No. 4 on the Eurochart, along with fellow featured artist Justin Timberlake, on Timbaland's "Give It To Me" (Mosley/Blackground/Interscope).

The highest new entry on Top 100 Albums, at No. 9, is "Soundso," the third studio release by Berlin quartet Wir Sind Helden, following No. 2 debuts in Germany and Austria. The album contains the German top 40 single "Endlich ein Grund zur Panik."

Making its first European Top 100 Albums is British indie rock newcomer the Pigeon Detectives. The Leeds-based band's debut set "Wait For Me" (Dance To The Radio) is in at No. 11 on the composite chart after a No. 3 start at home, on sales of 24,000. The album includes the single "I'm Not Sorry," a No. 12 U.K. hit last week.

Seasoned guitarist/singer-songwriter Richard Thompson achieves his first U.K. top 40 album for eight years as "Sweet Warrior" (Proper Music) bows at No. 39 on sales of 5,000. It's also the first appearance on the published U.K. artist album chart for Proper, which for the last 11 years has been the label arm of Proper Distribution, based in south-east London.

Thompson's 11th chart album over a span of 22 years in his home market, "Warrior" is his fifth to reach the top 40 and first since "Mock Tudor" in 1999. "Our week one sales have exceeded those of Richard's last record ['2005's 'Front Parlour Ballads,' on Cooking Vinyl]," says Proper MD Malcolm Mills. He adds that the top 40 entry "illustrates how there is still a market for CD albums with strong content which are marketed appropriately."

Rihanna's single is No. 1 for a third week in the United Kingdom, where total sales had reached 133,000 by last weekend. It vaults to the top of the Eurochart after adding significant debuts in Germany, at No. 1, and Italy and Austria, at No. 3. "Umbrella" is also up 15-1 in Switzerland, 2-1 in Norway, 8-4 in Holland, and holds at No.1 in Denmark and Ireland.

French singer-actor Christophe Willem, winner of the 2006 version of the French TV talent series "Nouvelle Star," gets a new No. 6 hit on the Eurochart with "Double Je" (Vogue). The track, from his "Inventaire" album, which topped the French chart in April, is new at No. 1 in France and up 15-5 in the Belgian region of Wallony.