Robbie Williams Scores Ninth U.K. No. 1 Album
Robbie Williams' new retrospective "In and Out of Consciousness - Greatest Hits 1990-2010" (Virgin/EMI) has become his ninth solo No. 1 in the U.K.'s albums chart. Cee Lo Green's "Forget You" (Warner Bros./Warner Music) started a second week atop the singles chart.
Opening sales of over 120,000 made "Consciousness" the second-fastest selling artist album of the U.K. chart year, according to the Official Charts Company, and second only to Eminem's 139,000 in June for "Recovery"(Interscope/Universal). Williams' span of No. 1 solo albums began in 1997 with "Life Thru A Lens"; prior to that, he had three chart-toppers as a member of Take That, the group he recently rejoined, and with whom he will feature on the new album "Progress" next month.
EMI secured the entire top three on the new album survey last night (Oct. 18), as Tinie Tempah's "Disc-overy" (Parlophone) fell 1-2, and Cliff Richard extended his album chart span to 51 and a half years with "Bold As Brass" (EMI). Dance trio Magnetic Man debuted at No. 5 with their self-titled Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment set, which includes the hits "I Need Air" and "Perfect Stranger."
Scottish indie mainstays Belle & Sebastian's eighth album "Talk About Love" (Rough Trade) opened at No. 8, matching their career-best peak achieved in 2006 for "The Life Pursuit." U.S. rockers Alter Bridge got the week's fifth top ten debut with "AB III" (Roadrunner).
Cee-Lo Green stayed at No. 1 in a singles top ten featuring two new entries: "Barbra Streisand" (3 Beat/All Around The World/Universal) by Duck Sauce (comprising DJs Armand Van Helden and A-Trak) at No. 3, and former "X Factor" winner Joe McElderry's "Ambitions" (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment) at No. 6. Additionally, Bruno Mars' former No. 1 "Just The Way You Are (Amazing)" (Elektra/Atlantic) rebounded 4-2, "Miami 2 Ibiza" (Virgin/EMI) by Swedish House Mafia vs. Tinie climbed 5-4, Mike Posner's "Cooler Than Me" (J/Sony Music Entertainment) 22-9 and "DJ Got Us Falling In Love" (LaFace/Sony Music Entertainment) by Usher featuring Pitbull 18-10.
Phil Collins leads Billboard's European Albums chart for a third week with "Going Back" (Atlantic/Warner Music), as Eminem's "Love The Way You Lie" (Interscope/Universal), featuring Rihanna, spends a third week atop European Hot 100 Singles.