Coldplay's "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" (Parlophone/EMI) is back at the top of European Top 100 Albums, part of a resuming EMI double that sees Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" (Virgin) lead Eurochart Hot 100 Singles for a fifth week.
The Coldplay album had ten consecutive weeks atop the pan-European sales list until Slipknot's "All Hope Is Gone" (Roadrunner) debuted at the summit last week. "Viva" rebounds with the help of climbs of 3-2 in Italy, 5-3 in Greece and 6-5 in Ireland.
The Slipknot album loses its two No. 1 berths in Finland and Switzerland but debuts at No. 1 in Sweden and No. 3 in Italy. The Verve's "Forth" (Parlophone/EMI) moves up 4-3 overall, trading places with Duffy's "Rockferry" (A&M/Universal). The Verve's reunion album is No. 1 for a second week in the United Kingdom, where total sales to last weekend were 108,000, and adds a No. 4 debut in Italy. Duffy makes a 7-4 U.K. climb, also leaping 49-21 with the album's latest single, "Stepping Stone."
Polydor/Universal's "Mamma Mia!" soundtrack holds at No. 5 on Top 100 Albums, retaining its lead on the separate U.K. compilation chart and holding at No. 1 in Norway, Greece and Hungary. It's also up 29-2 in Portugal, but falls 1-2 in Austria and Denmark.
Michael Jackson's new "King of Pop" retrospective (Epic/Sony BMG) takes a second-week climb of 15-6, fuelled by debuts of No. 1 in Austria and No. 4 in Holland. It's also up 5-3 in the United Kingdom (where sales of 22,000 give it a running total of 48,000), 11-4 in the Belgian region of Flanders and 19-6 in Germany.
Amy Macdonald's "This Is the Life" (Mercury/Universal) is No. 7 again on the pan-European chart, climbing 5-3 in Switzerland, while Amy Winehouse dips 6-8 on the aggregate survey with "Back to Black" (Universal Island) and holds at No. 5 in France.
The pan-European album top 10 is rounded out by two new entries. Veteran British rock act Motorhead returns at No. 9 with "Motorizer" (SPV) thanks largely to a No. 5 start in Germany. The band also enjoys its best U.K. album chart ranking for 22 years, debuting at No. 32 on sales of 5,000 units. Long-time German chart favorite Peter Maffay arrives at No. 1 there with "Ewig" (Ariola/Sony BMG) to enable a No. 10 entry on Top 100 Albums.
Perry's single locks a fifth week at No. 1 in the United Kingdom as well as on the Eurochart as a whole. It also stays at the top in Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, Ireland and makes up for losing top place in Germany (1-2) by climbing 2-1 in Sweden and Flanders.
The Eurochart's highest new entry, at No. 4, is the Pussycat Dolls' "When I Grow Up" (Interscope/Universal), which arrives at No. 3 in the United Kingdom on sales of 29,000, and No. 9 in Germany.