Chili Peppers Heat Up Euro Chart
By Paul Sexton, London
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
Red Hot Chili Peppers scores its fourth consecutive No. 1 album on European Top 100 Albums, as "Stadium Arcadium" (Warner Bros.) gives the band another winning start across the region by climbing 64-1.
In the United Kingdom, it moves a hefty 202,000 to open at the top and also begins at No. 1 in Germany, Italy, France, Holland, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Denmark and Ireland.
"Arcadium" additionally opens at No. 2 in Spain and No. 6 in Portual and Poland, and climbs in markets with earlier chart deadlines: 6-1 in Norway and 7-2 and 3-2 respectively in the Belgian regions of Wallony and Flanders. In Finland, it's down 1-2. The single "Dani California," which reached No. 3 last week on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, now stands at No. 4, debuting at No. 2 in Sweden.
Warner Brothers VP, international marketing Dion Singer says that the album's initial European shipment is 1.2 million, from a global figure in excess of three million. "The album is currently No. 1 in 22 countries worldwide," he notes, "and in most markets, over the counter numbers are significantly higher than the first week on [2002's] 'By The Way.'" That album spent six weeks at the helm of Top 100 Albums and more than a year on the chart, then the non-U.S. release "Live In Hyde Park" had two weeks on top in the summer of 2004. The band's chart-topping run in Europe stretches back to July 1999, when "Calfornification" hit No. 1.