Katie Melua is celebrating today after her fourth studio album ‘The House’ entered the Billboard pan-European album chart at number 1.

‘The House’ knocks last week’s number 1 ‘Iron Man 2’ by AC/DC down to 3 with the Rolling Stones’ ‘Exile On Main Street’ remaining at number 2.
Described by The Times as “her best yet”, ‘The House’ is produced by William Orbit and sees Katie writing/co-writing eleven out of the twelve tracks.

The European success of ‘The House’ re-confirms Katie’s position as a British artist with international appeal.

After her first album ‘Call Off The Search’ topped the British charts in 2004, the follow-up ‘Piece by Piece’ sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide remaining in the Billboard European chart for 60 weeks and in 2007 her third album ‘Pictures’ maintained her continental dominance when it took the top-spot of Billboard’s pan-European chart.
What makes this achievement even more notable is that Katie’s albums are released on the small independent label Dramatico Entertainment throughout Europe.

Andrew Bowles, Managing Director of Dramatico, says “‘The House’ has, arguably, a different sound for Katie and we were never going to take a big first week for granted.

I am extremely happy for Katie, William and Mike [Batt] and for everyone who has worked extremely hard all over Europe.”

The epic first single ‘The Flood’, which received high rotation on radio, will now be followed by the July release of ‘A Happy Place’ and a busy summer of festival appearances and concerts across the continent.

UK appearances include Thetford Forest and Chichester Festival and, in December, the UK leg of Katie’s extensive European tour.