Moby's "Hotel" (Mute) regains the top spot in its fourth week on the European Top 100 Albums chart. It spent two weeks atop the chart before dropping to No. 2 last week, behind 50 Cent's "The Massacre
Moby's "Hotel" (Mute) regains the top spot in its fourth week on the European Top 100 Albums chart. It spent two weeks atop the chart before dropping to No. 2 last week, behind 50 Cent's "The Massacre" (Interscope).
This week, "Hotel" holds at No. 2 in France. While it continues to descend in Britain, falling 20-31, it still has top-10 placings in Italy, Switzerland, Portugal and Poland. Mute's plans call for "Raining Again" to be the second European single, due May 23. In the United Kingdom, however, the second single will be "Spiders" on the same day. Moby starts a British tour May 16 in Glasgow, and he will perform June 24 on the opening day of the four-day 02 Music Wireless Festival. Also on the bill are New Order, Graham Coxon and Fischerspooner.
The highest debut on Top 100 Albums, at No. 4, is Mariah Carey's "The Emancipation of Mimi" (Island/Def Jam), which enjoys its best individual start at No. 4 in France. In the United Kingdom, it's new at No. 7, on opening sales of 20,000 units. Carey's previous album, her 2002 Def Jam/Island debut "Charmbracelet," peaked at No. 23 on Top 100 Albums and a career-low No. 52 in Britain.
Berlin pop act Wir Sind Helden's "Von Hier An Blind" (Virgin) starts at No. 5 on the European survey, with bows at No. 1 in Germany and Austria and No. 5 in Switzerland. Just over a year ago, the group's album "Die Reklamation" reached No. 9 on Top 100 Albums. The band performed April 2 at the German record industry's Echo Awards.
New at No. 8 on Top 100 Albums is Natalie Imbruglia's third album, "Counting Down the Days" (Brightside), which upstages Carey's album in the United Kingdom by debuting at No. 1, on first-week sales of 41,000 units. That's a dramatic improvement on the Australian's sophomore set, 2001's "White Lillies Island," which peaked at No. 15.
English singer Tony Christie's "Definitive Collection" (UMTV) falls 9-10 on Top 100 Albums and 1-2 in the United Kingdom. UMTV managing director Brian Berg tells Billboard.biz that the set was approaching U.K. sales of 400,000 units by last weekend. He adds that the single "(Is This the Way to) Amarillo," which climbs 5-4 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, has reached total British sales of 758,000 units, as well as 30,000 paid downloads. The single looks set to spend a fifth week atop this weekend's British singles survey, the first chart that will integrate download sales with physical sales.
Mario's "Let Me Love You" (J/Sony BMG) spends a third week at No. 1 on the Eurochart, climbing 2-1 in Germany, 5-4 in Flanders and 7-5 in Ireland. Ilona Mitrecey's French hit "Un Monde Parfait" (Scorpio) is up 4-3 on the Eurochart after securing a second week at No. 1 in France and climbing 18-5 in Switzerland. Mitrecey, from the suburbs of Paris, is 11 years old.