Robbie Wins Half The Battle On U.K. Chart

Robbie Williams' bid to top the U.K. singles and album charts simultaneously failed yesterday (Dec. 8) at the hands of Eminem and a novelty release by a pair of Transylvanian sisters. While Williams'

Robbie Williams' bid to top the U.K. singles and album charts simultaneously failed yesterday (Dec. 8) at the hands of Eminem and a novelty release by a pair of Transylvanian sisters. While Williams' "Escapology" album (EMI/Chrysalis) started a third week at No. 1, his "Feel" single debuted at No. 4, as Eminem's "Lose Yourself" (Interscope/Polydor) became the rapper's fourth chart-topping British single.

Williams was also upstaged by "The Cheeky Song (Touch My Bum)" (Multiply) by the Cheeky Girls, two sisters who have come to the fore via exposure in "Popstars: The Rivals," the latest TV incarnation of the musical talent show format.

Last week's No. 1 single, "If You're Not the One" by Daniel Bedingfield (Polydor), fell to No. 3. Also new in the singles top-10 was "Holding on for You" (V2) at No. 5 for Liberty X, another high-profile "failure" from the original "Popstars" series. Further down the chart, Mercury Music Prize-winning Ms. Dynamite only managed a No. 19 entry for "Put Him Out" (Polydor), while TLC's "Girl Talk" (Arista) appeared at No. 30.

The only prominent entry on the album chart, at No. 6, was "Dive In" (Mercury), the debut set by yet another recent television graduate, Scottish singer-writer Darius. The artist was a former contestant on both "Popstars" and "Pop Idol."

Across Europe, Williams' "Escapology" is in its second week at No. 1 on the European Top 100 Albums chart, published by Billboard's sister European magazine Music & Media. Las Ketchup's "Asereje/The Ketchup Song" (Columbia) extended its reign on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally to 13 weeks.