Robbie Williams' "Greatest Hits" (Chrysalis) maintains its No. 1 spot on the last European Top 100 Albums chart of 2004. The compilation continues to top charts in the United Kingdom, Germany and Swit
Robbie Williams' "Greatest Hits" (Chrysalis) maintains its No. 1 spot on the last European Top 100 Albums chart of 2004. The compilation continues to top charts in the United Kingdom, Germany and Switzerland and hold down top-three placings in Italy, Holland, Norway, Denmark, Austria and Greece. It also climbs into the top 10 in Spain (11-9) and the Czech Republic (13-9).
The next three spots on the pan-European album chart are also unchanged: U2's "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" (Universal Island) holds at No. 2, followed by Eminem's "Encore" (Interscope) and "Best of Seal 1991-2004" (Warner Bros.). The Seal set climbs 3-1 in Portugal. Moving up 6-5 is Tina Turner's "All the Best" (Parlophone), following climbs of 7-4 in Switzerland and 8-7 in Germany.
British male pop quartet Blue moves 7-6 with "Best of Blue" (Innocent/Virgin). The compilation was the best-selling album of the holiday period in Italy, where it's in its third week at No. 1. It falls 8-10 in Portugal but rises 19-18 in the United Kingdom.
In its 38th week on Top 100 Albums, Maroon 5's "Songs About Jane" (J/Sony BMG) moves 12-9, its first time in the top 10 since October. That's due mainly to the album's continuing popularity in the United Kingdom, where it rose 7-6 on Christmas week sales. "Jane" is certified quintuple-platinum there for shipments of 1.5 million units. Similarly, "Scissor Sisters" (Polydor) rebounds 30-13 on Top 100 Albums thanks to a 7-3 resurgence in U.K. sales.
"Noiz" by Sohne Mannheims (Sohne Mannheims/Universal), which debuted on Top 100 Albums at No. 9 in June after opening at No. 1 in Germany and No. 2 in Austria, climbs 33-19 overall. This is after a 9-4 rise in Germany, where the single "Und Wenn Ein Lied" is up 7-6. Sohne Mannheims is a collaboration between hip-hop star Xavier Naidoo and keyboardists Michael Herberger and Florian Sitzmann.
Band Aid 20's "Do They Know It's Christmas" (Mercury) tops Eurochart Hot 100 Singles for a second week. It's No. 1 again in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Denmark and Spain; it also rises 5-1 in Greece and 6-3 in Sweden.
Star Academy 4's "Adieu Monsieur Le Professeur" (Mercury) is up 23-7 on the Eurochart after a 6-2 climb in France, where it's one of three singles from the TV talent series charting in the top 10. "Laissez-Moi Danser" and "En Chantant," also credited to Star Academy 4, are No. 4 and No. 9, respectively.
Meanwhile, Britain's latest TV-generated celebrity takes his chart bow. Steve Brookstein, the 35-year-old winner of ITV's recent "The X-Factor," debuts on the Eurochart at No. 8 and in the United Kingdom at No. 2 with a cover of Phil Collins' 1984 hit "Against All Odds." The single is on the BMG-distributed Syco label, run by Simon Cowell, who was a judge on the series.