U2's "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb" (Universal Island) is No. 1 for a third week on European Top 100 Albums. It remains the bestseller in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, Portugal and Switzerla
U2's "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb" (Universal Island) is No. 1 for a third week on European Top 100 Albums. It remains the bestseller in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, Portugal and Switzerland.
In the United Kingdom, the album -- with cumulative sales of 505,000 units -- becomes U2's first to spend three weeks at No. 1. But it's being tailed by Robbie Williams' "Greatest Hits" (Chrysalis), which holds at No. 2 in its eighth week on both the U.K. chart and Top 100 Albums. Steve Gallant, product director for HMV, says it's a close race between both albums to secure the U.K.'s holiday No. 1, which will be determined by Sunday's new charts.
Meanwhile, Williams' compilation is up 5-2 in Norway, 3-2 in Austria, 10-3 in Ireland, 4-3 in Denmark and 7-6 in Portugal. His new single "Misunderstood" opens at No. 17 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles after a No. 8 debut in the United Kingdom.
Eminem's "Encore" (Interscope) and "Best of Seal 1991-2004" (Warner Bros.) are also hanging tough on Top 100 Albums, holding at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. Kylie Minogue's "Ultimate Kylie" (Parlophone) rises from No. 9 to a new peak of No. 5 in its third week. Minogue also opens at No. 4 on the Eurochart and No. 2 in the United Kingdom with the single "I Believe In You." In Britain, the single has opening sales of 39,000 units.
German rock band Silbermond's "Verschende Deine Zeit" (Module) rises 24-19 on Top 100 Albums. The album has moved in and out of the European top 20 since late July; it previously reached No. 15 in August and No. 13 in November. The band starts a German tour Jan. 14 in Halle.
Destiny's Child snags a fourth week atop the Eurochart with "Lose My Breath" (Columbia), continuing to hold off Band Aid 20's "Do They Know It's Christmas" (Mercury). "Breath" holds at No. 2 in Ireland and Spain and is top-four in the United Kingdom for a sixth straight week.
"Christmas" enters the Italian chart at No. 1, the Spanish chart at No. 7 and is showing considerable sales resilience in the United Kingdom, where second-week sales drop just 1% to 288,000. The charity single looks set to land the coveted title of Christmas No. 1 in Britain.
Starsailor's "Four to the Floor" (Capitol) rises 11-10 on the Eurochart after holding at No. 3 in France. The song is from the British band's 2003 sophomore album "Silence Is Easy."