U2's European Chart Reign Continues

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Paul Sexton, Billboard

U2 begins a fourth week atop European Top 100 Albums with No Line on the Horizon (Mercury/Universal), while the European Hot 100 Singles survey is headed for a sixth week by Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" (Interscope/Universal).

Horizon has three remaining No. 1 berths across the region, in Portugal, Greece and Hungary, but falls from the top in Spain, Italy, Switzerland and the Belgian region of Flanders. Lady Gaga continues to lie in wait for U2 to relinquish top spot on the composite chart, with The Fame at No. 2 again, after making climbs of 7-3 in the United Kingdom and 6-4 in Switzerland. But the set is down 1-2 in both Ireland and Austria.

The highest pan-European album debut entry of the week is the Pet Shop Boys' Yes (Parlophone/EMI), at No. 3. That follows first-week showings at No. 3 in Germany, No. 4 in the United Kingdom (on sales of 27,000), No. 5 in Austria and No. 10 in Spain. The duo's last studio set Fundamental opened at No. 2 Europe-wide in June 2006.

Only By The Night (Hand Me Down/Sony Music Entertainment) continues to hold down a top five composite European place -- at No. 4 -- for Kings of Leon. It's up 3-2 in the United Kingdom and 10-4 in Greece, and holds at No. 2 in Flanders.

German rock act Silbermond returns to the Top 100 Albums survey at No. 5 with Nichts Passiert (Columbia), which debuts at No. 1 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The album includes the former German No. 1 single "Irgendwas Bleibt," and follows 2006's Laut Gedacht, which also debuted at the top there and at No. 3 on the aggregate chart.

Ronan Keating makes a 7-6 move on Top 100 Albums with Songs For My Mother (Polydor/Universal), after securing a second week atop the U.K. chart. Sales of 36,000 there make for a two-week total of 123,000. The covers collection also rises 4-1 in Keating's native Ireland.

The Annie Lennox Collection (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) drops 3-7 in its third week, after declining 2-5 in the United Kingdom, 3-5 in Ireland and 4-7 in Italy. Peter Fox moves down two places on the collective listing to No. 8 with Stadtaffe (Downbeat/Warner Music), which is replaced by Silbermond at the top of the German chart. The Prodigy's Invaders Must Die (Takemetothehospital) is down 5-9 overall, despite a 12-7 rise in the United Kingdom, and Kelly Clarkson falls two spots to No. 10 with All I Wanted (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment), although it's new at No. 6 in Greece.

"Poker Face" has running U.K. sales to last weekend of 309,000 and is spending a second week at No. 1 there. It's also on top again in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and Flanders and moves 2-1 in neighboring Wallony, but dips 1-2 in Finland.

© 2009 Nielsen Business Media, Inc.

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