Williams, Prydz Hold U.K. No. 1s
Robbie Williams netted his sixth U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (Oct. 24) as Swedish DJ Eric Prydz successfully defended his singles chart crown. Williams' "Greatest Hits" (Chrysalis) boasts two new songsRobbie Williams netted his sixth U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (Oct. 24) as Swedish DJ Eric Prydz successfully defended his singles chart crown. Williams' "Greatest Hits" (Chrysalis) boasts two new songs, "Radio," which debuted on top of the U.K. singles chart two weeks ago, and "Misunderstood."
Last week, Prydz' "Call On Me" (Data/Ministry of Sound) dethroned Williams on the U.K. singles chart, and this week fended off all comers to start a fifth aggregate week at the top.
Manic Street Preachers came closest to wresting Prydz' crown, as the Welsh band's "The Love of Richard Nixon" (Sony) debuted at No. 2. The lead single from their "Lifeblood," due Nov. 1 in Britain, is the group's 12th U.K. top 10 hit over a 12-year period.
There were four more top 10 singles, including "Millionaire" by Kelis featuring Andre 3000 (Virgin) at No. 3. Also debuting near the top was R. Kelly's "Happy People/U Saved Me" (Jive) at No. 6 and Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence 04" (Mute) at No. 7. The latter is a reworking of the group's 1990 hit for which the lead radio mix is by Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park. "Kinda Love" (Mercury) by former "Pop Idol" contestant Darius entered at No. 8.
To make way for Williams' "Greatest Hits" at No. 1 on the U.K. album chart, Ronan Keating's "10 Years of Hits" (Polydor) falls to No. 2. Rod Stewart's "Stardust - The Great American Songbook Vol.III" (J) bowed at No. 3, the best U.K. placing for any of the albums in the series. The first, 2002's "It Had To Be You," reached No. 8, while last year's "As Time Goes By" made it to No. 4. It's also Stewart's 27th top 10 album in Britain as a solo artist, over a period of 33 years.
Also new on the album chart was Olivia Newton-John's TV-advertised "The Definitive Collection" (UMTV, No. 11) and Meat Loaf's "Bat Out of Hell - Live" (Mercury, No. 14).
Europe-wide, R.E.M.'s "Around the Sun" (Warner Bros.) is in a second week atop European Top 100 Albums, while Aventura's "Obsesion" (Up Music/Warner Music) is back at No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles for a sixth week.