Robbie Williams' Hits Set Debuts Atop Euro Chart
Robbie Williams makes a No. 1 start across Europe with "In and Out of Consciousness - Greatest Hits 1990-2010" (Virgin/EMI). It debuts atop Billboard's European Albums chart as Eminem's "Love The Way You Lie" (Interscope/Universal), featuring Rihanna, starts a third week at the European Hot 100 Singles summit.
Williams' retrospective is his ninth solo No. 1 album in the United Kingdom, where opening sales of 121,000 compare with 238,000 for last year's "Reality Killed The Video Star" and 147,000 for "Rudebox" in 2006. The new best-of is also in at No. 1 in Germany and Austria, No. 2 in Ireland, No. 3 in Spain and Holland, and No. 4 in Portugal, Denmark and Switzerland.
After three weeks on top in Europe, Phil Collins falls to No. 2 overall with "Going Back" (Atlantic/Warner Music). Its highest position is now No. 5 in Holland. Linkin Park's "A Thousand Suns" (Warner Bros./Warner Music) is down 2-3 on the composite chart, with a top ranking of No. 4 in Austria; a third Warner title in the top five, Eric Clapton's "Clapton" (Reprise/Warner Music), also falls one place, 3-4, despite an 11-9 climb in Holland.
In its 17th week on European Albums, Eminem's "Recovery" (Interscope/Universal) climbs back 6-5, falling 5-7 in Ireland and 9-11 in the United Kingdom but holding at No. 10 in Austria. From it, "Love The Way You Lie" falls 1-3 in Switzerland but spends another week at No. 1 in Spain and Austria.
Santana falls 5-6 Europe-wide with "Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time" (Arista/Sony Music Entertainment). It climbs 4-3 in Portugal and 11-9 in France, and holds at No. 3 in Hungary. London rapper Tinie Tempah's "Disc-overy" (Parlophone/EMI) stays at a collective No. 7, falling 1-2 in the United Kingdom and 2-4 in Ireland.
David Garrett climbs back 9-8 in his third week with "Rock Symphonies" (Decca/Universal), improving 5-3 in Austria and holding at No. 3 in Germany. Joe Cocker's "Hard Knocks" (Sony Music Entertainment) is down 4-9 in its second week on the aggregate survey, falling 1-4 in Germany. Unheilig's "Grosse Freiheit" (Universal) bobs back into the collective top 10 yet again, climbing 11-10 in its 34th week as it holds at No. 2 in Germany.
Veteran British star Cliff Richard scores his 63rd U.K. top ten album with "Bold As Brass" (EMI), new at No. 3 there. The late soul giant Solomon Burke's final recordings, on the "Hold On Tight" album (Universal) with Dutch rock band De Dijk, hold at No. 2 in Holland; EMI's new John Lennon compilation "Power To The People" holds at No. 8 in Denmark, but falls 15-22 in the United Kingdom.
As well as guesting on the European Hot 100 Singles No. 1, Rihanna has the chart's fastest mover, racing 30-5 with "Only Girl (In The World)" (Def Jam/Universal). It's No. 1 in Norway and the Belgian region of Wallony, and new at No. 2 in Germany.