Green Day rises to No. 2 on pan-Euro tally.
For the ninth time in its 13 weeks on the survey, Robbie Williams' "Greatest Hits" (Chrysalis) tops European Top 100 Albums. The album continues at No. 1 in Switzerland and climbs 7-5 in Belgium and 10-8 in Spain.
Williams stays ahead of Green Day's "American Idiot" (Reprise), which rises 3-2 in its 17th week on European Top 100 Albums, thanks partly to strong new Scandinavian chart performances. "American Idiot" jumps 7-1 in Sweden and holds at No. 1 in Norway for a second week. The album also remains at No. 1 in Ireland, No. 2 in Finland and No. 3 in the United Kingdom. It climbs 11-4 in Switzerland and 12-7 in Germany.
Las Vegas rock act the Killers jumps 10-6 on Top 100 Albums with its debut set "Hot Fuss" (Lizard King). After a long presence on the British chart, the album climbs 2-1 there. In the United Kingdom, it has garnered double-platinum status for 600,000 shipments during its 32-week run. The album is also up 7-2 in Ireland. Its single "Somebody Told Me" opens on the U.K. survey at No. 3. London-based indie Lizard King is distributed by Pinnacle.
The highest new entry on Top 100 Albums, at No. 8, is a self-titled Warner Bros. set by 23-year-old German vocalist Max Mutzke. The album contains his local hits "Can't Wait Until Tonight," "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Black on White."
On Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, "Call on Me" (Data/Ministry Of Sound) by Eric Prydz is No. 1 for a fourth aggregate week. The dance track is No. 1 for a second week in France, climbs 4-3 in Sweden and holds at No. 5 in Switzerland.
Elvis Presley's 1959 No. 1 "One Night" (RCA), the latest in the label's U.K. reissue series featuring the legendary artist, enters the Eurochart at No. 2. "One Night," which was the 80th No. 1 in U.K. chart history the first time around, becomes the landmark 1,000th bestseller. However, it does so with the lowest-ever weekly sale for a No. 1 there of 20,463 units. It inherits that unwanted distinction from the King's "Jailhouse Rock," which sold 21,262 copies the previous week.
With collectors snapping up copies of the reissues (which are in limited editions of 30,000), retailers report that they are selling out in the first day or two on the racks. Sony BMG announced yesterday (Jan. 19) that it was increasing its run to 35,000 units per single, a move that VP of commercial marketing Darren Henderson tells Billboard.biz is "purely designed to satisfy the overwhelming demand by both old and new fans."
In a soft U.K. singles market with no other serious rivals on the horizon, observers are predicting that Presley could go on collecting new chart-toppers for some weeks to come in the 17-week campaign. The next re-release, "A Fool Such As I," came out on Monday and is No. 1 in mid-week sales.
Band Aid 20's "Do They Know It's Christmas" (Mercury) is at No. 25 on the Eurochart, down from No. 5 the previous week. The charity single is showing staying power in Italy, where it's No. 1 for a sixth week. In Italy, it holds off a 7-2 rise by Sugarfree's "Cleptomania" (Atlantic). Sugarfree is a male five-piece pop-rock group from Catania in Sicily.