New and established artists take Billboard chart summits in digital, physical formats

London, England, August 17, 2007 – Universal Music Group artists this week make a clean sweep of the upper rankings of Billboard magazine’s European music charts, in what is regarded as an industry first across digital and physical music formats.

The achievement underscores the popularity of both new and established acts signed to UMG’s labels, including Mika, Amy Winehouse, Fergie, Nelly Furtado, Timbaland, Rihanna, Kate Nash and Kanye West.

At No. 1 on Billboard’s European Top 100 Albums chart is Mika’s Life In Cartoon Motion, with titles by Nelly Furtado (Loose), Amy Winehouse (Back To Black), Timbaland (Timbaland Presents Shock Value) and Rihanna (Good Girl Gone Bad) holding the balance of the top 5 in that order.

Kanye West’s brand new “Stronger” opens at the top of Billboard’s European Digital Tracks, with titles by Fergie (“Big Girls Don’t Cry”), Timbaland featuring Keri Hilson (“The Way I Are”) and Kate Nash (“Foundations”) taking 3 of the following 4 slots.

At No. 1 on Billboard’s European Hot 100 Singles is Rihanna’s “Umbrella” featuring Jay-Z, followed at No. 2 by Timbaland (“The Way I Are”), at No. 3 by Mika (“Relax Take It Easy”) and at No. 4 by Fergie (“Big Girls Don’t Cry”). The Rihanna single has held the European chart summit for the past 11 weeks.

The combined worldwide sales total of these artists’ current albums is more than 18 million copies, fronted by Nelly Furtado’s Loose. This has sold 6 million copies since release and is the most popular album by a female artist globally in the past 12 months. Loose has been on Billboard’s European Top 100 Albums for 61 weeks.

At Universal Music Group International, Max Hole, Executive Vice President, Marketing and A&R, commented, “Every record company likes to claim notable chart achievements, but we believe this week’s European sweep in digital and physical formats is unprecedented. It’s especially gratifying that new and developing acts are taking their place in popularity alongside established names.”

European Top 100 Albums

1. Mika – Life In Cartoon Motion
2. Nelly Furtado – Loose
3. Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
4. Timbaland – Timbaland Presents Shock Value
5. Rihanna – Good Girl Gone Bad

European Digital Tracks

1. “Stronger” – Kanye West
2. “Big Girls Don’t Cry” – Fergie
3. “The Way I Are” – Timbaland featuring Keri Hilson
4. “Konichiwa Bitches” – Robyn
5. “Foundations” – Kate Nash

European Hot 100 Singles

1. “Umbrella” – Rihanna featuring Jay-Z
2. “The Way I Are” – Timbaland featuring Keri Hilson
3. “Relax Take It Easy” – Mika
4. “Big Girls Don’t Cry” – Fergie
5. “With Every Heartbeat” – Robyn

Source: Billboard issue 25/8/2007

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