Sophomore album debuts at No.1 in Euro chart.

Franz Ferdinand's sophomore album "You Could Have It So Much Better" (Domino) makes a winning start across Europe, entering Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart at No.1.

Meanwhile Robbie Williams debuts at the top of Eurochart Hot 100 Singles with "Tripping" (Chrysalis), the lead track from his upcoming "Intensive Care" set.

In February of last year, Franz Ferdinand's self-titled debut album opened on the pan-European survey at No.14, rising to its peak of No.13 the following week. The follow-up goes straight to No.1 in the United Kingdom (selling 101,000 units), No.2 in Germany and Ireland, No.4 in Norway and Switzerland, No.5 in France and No.8 in Italy and Portugal. The single "Do You Want To" holds at No.5 in Spain.

With James Blunt's "Back To Bedlam" (Atlantic) at No.2 on Top 100 Albums for an 11th consecutive week, the next highest new entry is "All The Right Reasons" (Roadrunner) by Canadian rock act Nickelback, at No.6. That's one place lower than the band's last album, 2003's "The Long Road." It is led by a No.4 debut in Germany.

The big climber on Top 100 Albums is Neil Young's "Prairie Wind" (Reprise), which rises 37-11 thanks to a No.3 debut in Sweden. In the United Kingdom, the set falls 22-29.

There's one more new entry in the top 20 of the aggregate album chart, as French vocalist Julien Clerc's "Double Enfance" (Virgin) arrives at No.18. That's after debuting at No.1 in his native country, where he has been releasing albums since 1968.

Williams' "Tripping" fails to open at No.1 in the United Kingdom, where despite strong opening sales of 48,000, it still trails Sugababes' "Push The Button" (Universal Island) by 16,000 sales as the female trio spends a second week at the top. The Sugababes track also debuts at No.1 in Austria, ahead of Williams at No.2.

But Williams does open at No.1 in Germany, also starting at No.2 in Norway, Switzerland and Austria, No.3 in Italy and Denmark and No.4 in Holland. Williams launched "Intensive Care," out Oct.24, with a concert at the Velodrome in Berlin Sunday (Oct. 9), a show streamed to T-Mobile customers and to some 23 cinemas Europe-wide.

Mike Allen, SVP of international marketing, EMI Music U.K. and Ireland, describes the show as an "amazing curtain-raiser" for the new album. "The way the crowd responded, it was as if they'd been listening to this new material for years," he says.

Perennial pan-European favorite Depeche Mode debuts at No.4 on the Eurochart with "Precious" (Mute), the first single from the British electronic band's "Playing The Angel" album, which is released next Monday (17). Mode starts the North American leg of its massive world tour Nov.2 in Sunrise, FL.

The European leg will come in the new year -- a vast 39-date itinerary that begins Jan.13 in Dresden, Germany. It's the band's first tour since 2001, when it played 85 shows worldwide to total audiences of nearly two million.

Russian female duo Tatu climbs 20-11 on the Eurochart with "All About Us" (Interscope), following a No.9 debut in Germany. The track, from the act's new "Dangerous and Moving" album, made two top ten starts in Europe last week, at No.8 in both the United Kingdom and Italy.

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