Bob Dylan's "Modern Times" (Columbia) ascends 2-1 on European Top 100 Albums, fuelled by a No. 2 debut in Italy and climbs of 3-2 in Holland and 6-5 in Wallony. It also holds at No. 2 in the fellow Be

Bob Dylan's "Modern Times" (Columbia) ascends 2-1 on European Top 100 Albums, fuelled by a No. 2 debut in Italy and climbs of 3-2 in Holland and 6-5 in Wallony. It also holds at No. 2 in the fellow Belgian region of Flanders. Dylan's 2001 album "Love & Theft" also debuted at No. 2 on the pan-European chart, holding there a second week before falling away 4-13-22.

"Modern Times" takes over at the top from Iron Maiden's "A Matter of Life and Death" (Capitol/EMI), despite that album's latest debuts at No. 1 in Sweden, No. 2 in Hungary and No. 3 in Greece. "Matter" also holds at No. 1 in Finland but falls 1-6 in Germany, 1-3 in Italy, 2-4 in Norway, 4-17 in the United Kingdom, 4-7 in Spain and 5-9 in France.

Dylan's achievement in rising to the top of the Europe-wide chart is underlined by the fact that labelmate Beyoncé "only" debuts at No. 3 with "B'Day." That's also where the album opens its U.K. account on opening sales of 35,000 units, well-below those of 2003's "Dangerously In Love," which topped the British chart for five weeks and Top 100 Albums for three. "B'Day" is new at No. 2 in Switzerland, No. 3 in Ireland, No. 5 in Spain and Germany, No. 5 in Holland and No. 10 in Italy. The single "Deja Vu," featuring Jay-Z, dips 4-6 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, on which it peaked at No. 2.

The EMI compilation "Lover of Life, Singer of Songs: The Very Best of Freddie Mercury," released to mark what would have been the singer's 60th birthday Sept. 5, opens at No. 5 on Top 100 Albums. Its most notable performance is a No. 1 debut in Italy. It also arrives at No. 6 in Spain and in the United Kingdom, the latter on sales of 23,000 copies, according to charts compiler, the Official U.K. Charts Company. A remix of "Love Kills," Mercury's 1984 hit, has been released in some European territories, and charts at No. 4 in Spain and No. 8 in Italy.

Audioslave's "Revelations" (Epic/Interscope) debuts at No. 7 on Top 100 Albums, securing entries at No. 2 in Finland, No. 5 in Norway, No. 8 in Germany and No. 12 in the United Kingdom. Further afield, it's new at No. 1 in both Australia and New Zealand.

German pop-rock group Pur's "Es Ist Wie Es Ist" (Capitol) opens at No. 9 on the pan-European list, thanks to a No. 1 debut in its home market. That mirrors the performance of its 2003 predecessor "Was Ist Passiert?"

Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack" (Jive), which assumed leadership of the Eurochart last week, gets a second week at No. 1, climbing 5-1 in Norway and debuting at No. 3 in Italy and No. 4 in Sweden. His album "Futuresex/Lovesounds" was released throughout Europe on Monday (Sept. 11).

But Timberlake faces a substantial challenge for next week's top spot from Robbie Williams, whose "Rudebox" (Chrysalis) races 83-2 on the Eurochart. In the United Kingdom, the track climbs 30-4 on sales of 24,000, and makes some lofty debuts, at No. 1 in Germany, Italy and Switzerland, No. 2 in Finland, No. 5 in Austria and No. 6 in Spain.

Also climbing well on the Eurochart is Scissor Sisters' "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" (Polydor), co-written by and featuring Elton John, which rises 15-4 after ascending 4-1 in the United Kingdom, with sales of 66,000. It's new at No. 3 in Norway, No. 4 in Switzerland and jumps 11-3 in Ireland. "Promiscuous" (Geffen) by Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland is up 18-5 overall, climbing 15-3 in the United Kingdom, 18-5 in Ireland and 9-7 in Germany.