International Charts Analysis: Flowers hits Top 20 in Ireland, Australia and Netherlands

International Charts Analysis: Flowers hits Top 20 in Ireland, Australia and Netherlands

Number one in three countries last week, Mumford & Sons' third album Wilder Mind slips 1-2 in Canada and The USA, and 1-6 in Norway. Of the two other countries where it was number one a fortnight ago, it stabilises at number five in Australia, while descending 2-5 in Ireland.

It also slips in Flanders (2-4), The Netherlands (2-4), Switzerland (2-4), Austria (2-7), Germany (3-9), Sweden (2-9), Portugal (3-15), Denmark (2-15), Spain (6-17), Wallonia (13-21), Italy (5-22), Finland (15-25), Poland (19-37) and France (54-138), while holding at number five in New Zealand. It climbs 35-10 in The Czech Republic, and makes debuts in South Africa (number 12) and Greece (number 35).

Ed Sheeran's X also loses leadership of the three charts over which it presided a week ago, falling 1-2 in Denmark and New Zealand, and 1-4 in Australia - but it rallies 3-1 in Sweden, where it has now spent a grand total of eight weeks at number one. X is also Top 10 in Norway (3-3), Ireland (8-7) and South Africa (6-10). A compilation of Sheeran's early pre-fame recordings, anthologised in a box set as 5, is making progress in Australia, where it jumps 48-17 on its second appearance, while debuting at number 30 in The USA.  

Eric Clapton's new compilation Forever Man makes debuts in The Czech Republic (number five), Hungary (number five), Switzerland (number seven), Portugal (number 12), Italy (number 18), Spain (number 18), Austria (number 22), New Zealand (number 37), Norway (number 38), South Korea (number 44), Sweden (number 46) and France (number 165). It was already charting in several other countries, and has mixed results from them, moving 29-12 in Wallonia, 50-14 in Croatia, 4-16 in Germany, 41-21 in Flanders, 16-37 in The Netherlands and 23-55 in Ireland.             

The Killers' charismatic lead singer Brandon Flowers' second solo album, The Desired Effect, topped the UK chart on Sunday and is also now airborne in Ireland (number two), Australia (number 14), The Netherlands (number 16), New Zealand (number 21), Germany (number 37) and Flanders (number 103).   

Sol Invictus - Faith No More's first studio album in 18 years - is off to a brisk start, showing that the Californian rockers' stock remains high despite their absence. It debuts at number one in Finland, number two in Australia, number four in Germany, number six in New Zealand, number seven in The Netherlands, number 10 in Flanders and Ireland and number 15 in Wallonia. It should hit several more charts later this week. 

Paul Weller has worked at a prodigious rate ever since the first Jam release in 1977, and his 12th solo album Saturns Patterns debuted at number two in the UK on Sunday for the 57 year old from Woking. It also debuts in Hungary (number six), Ireland (number nine), The Netherlands (number 22), Croatia (number 25), Greece (number 31), Germany (number 35), Australia (number 58), Flanders (number 58) and Wallonia (number 133). 

Finally, alternative electronic band Hot Chip chalked up their fourth straight Top 20 album in the UK with Why Make Sense, which now opens at number 19 in Ireland, number 22 in Wallonia, number 29 in Australia, number 30 in Flanders and number 57 in The Netherlands.

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