AC/DC Scores Third Week Atop Euro Albums Chart


November 13, 2008

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 1-2 in France, Spain, Sweden, Norway and Wallony and 1-4 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 1-2 in the United Kingdom on second-week sales of 58,000 (for a total to last weekend of 170,000), 1-3 in Switzerland, 2-3 in Germany and Ireland and 3-4 in Austria, but enters at No. 3 in Sweden and No. 4 in France, and climbs 4-3 in Flanders.

The Walt Disney label’s “High School Musical 3: Senior Year” soundtrack rests at a composite No. 3, climbing 2-1 in Spain and 10-6 in France, but falling 1-2 in Austria. Metallica’s “Death Magnetic” (Vertigo/Universal) is also unmoved at No. 4 overall, dipping 6-9 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, as lead single and former U.K. bestseller “The Promise” falls 10-14 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’s down 5-7 in its second U.K. chart week, but improves 5-2 in Flanders, 3-2 in Ireland and 6-5 in Wallony. Another of last week’s new entries, “The Katie Melua Collection” (Dramatico), is up two rungs to No. 7, with climbs of 9-3 in Denmark, 4-3 in Holland and 8-4 in Portugal compensating for a 15-22 fall in the United Kingdom.

Amy Macdonald’s long-running “This Is The Life” (Vertigo/Universal) slips 7-8, despite a 10-5 climb in Holland, and Snow Patrol’s “A Hundred Million Suns” (Fiction/Polydor/Universal) is off four places from its No. 5 composite debut last week. It’s No. 1 again in Ireland but down 2-5 in the United Kingdom.

The other top ten newcomer, at No. 10, is “Die Wahrheit Ubers Lugen” (“The Truth About Lying”) by Farin Urlaub Racing Team, fronted by Berlin 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’s 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 of 4-3 in Austria and 7-4 in Switzerland. It’s also No. 1 again in Flanders. Macdonald’s title track from “This Is The Life” is up 3-2 on the Eurochart after moving 6-5 in Sweden and holding at No. 2 in Austria and No. 3 in Germany.

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