Katie Melua is celebrating today after her fourth studio album â€˜The Houseâ€™ entered the Billboard pan-European album chart at number 1.
â€˜The Houseâ€™ knocks last weekâ€™s number 1 â€˜Iron Man 2â€™ by AC/DC down to 3 with the Rolling Stonesâ€™ â€˜Exile On Main Streetâ€™ remaining at number 2.
Described by The Times as â€œher best yetâ€, â€˜The Houseâ€™ is produced by William Orbit and sees Katie writing/co-writing eleven out of the twelve tracks.
The European success of â€˜The Houseâ€™ re-confirms Katieâ€™s position as a British artist with international appeal.
After her first album â€˜Call Off The Searchâ€™ topped the British charts in 2004, the follow-up â€˜Piece by Pieceâ€™ sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide remaining in the Billboard European chart for 60 weeks and in 2007 her third album â€˜Picturesâ€™ maintained her continental dominance when it took the top-spot of Billboardâ€™s pan-European chart.
What makes this achievement even more notable is that Katieâ€™s albums are released on the small independent label Dramatico Entertainment throughout Europe.
Andrew Bowles, Managing Director of Dramatico, says â€œâ€˜The Houseâ€™ 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.â€
The epic first single â€˜The Floodâ€™, which received high rotation on radio, will now be followed by the July release of â€˜A Happy Placeâ€™ 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 Katieâ€™s extensive European tour.