R.E.M.'s "Around the Sun" (Warner Bros.) starts a second week atop European Top 100 Albums. It holds at No. 1 in Norway and Switzerland, enjoys climbs of 2-1 climb in Italy and 7-5 in Belgium, and deb
R.E.M.'s "Around the Sun" (Warner Bros.) starts a second week atop European Top 100 Albums. It holds at No. 1 in Norway and Switzerland, enjoys climbs of 2-1 climb in Italy and 7-5 in Belgium, and debuts at No. 3 in Sweden and No. 8 in the Czech Republic. "Sun" falls from the top berth in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany and Austria.
Rammstein's former chart-topper "Reise, Reise" (Polydor) spends a second week at No. 2, while labelmate Ronan Keating has the highest entry on Top 100 Albums with "10 Years of Hits." The set, which opens at No. 3, collects Keating's numerous singles successes since 1995 with boy band Boyzone and then as a soloist. It's new at No. 1 in the United Kingdom with sales of 101,000 units and arrives at No. 5 in Ireland and No. 7 in Germany. Universal Music International puts the album's total European shipments at 375,000. Keating will begin his "Turn It On" tour of Britain and Ireland Dec. 10 in Glasgow, Scotland; a German tour is set for February.
Duran Duran's "Astronaut" (Epic), which reunites the five original members of the British group, takes a bow at No. 4 overall. Its No. 3 start in the United Kingdom provides the band with its highest-ranking album there in 21 years. The set also comes in at No. 2 in Italy. First single "(Reach Up for the) Sunrise" is No. 20 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, falling 3-4 in Italy but rising 14-9 in Spain.
"Miracle" by Celine Dion (Columbia) enters Top 100 Albums at No. 8, thanks to starts of No. 4 in the United Kingdom and No. 5 in France. It's been only four months since Dion's last debut on Top 100 Albums, at No. 18 with the concert recording "A New Day -- Live in Las Vegas."
There's one more top-10 debut on the European album survey, as German rock favorite Die Toten Hosen comes in at No. 10 with "Zurueck Zum Glueck" (Sony). The set bows at No. 1 in Germany, No. 2 in Austria and No. 3 in Switzerland.
On Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, Aventura's "Obsesion" (Up Music/Warner Music) goes back to No. 1 for a sixth nonconsecutive week. The turnaround is powered by the single's durability in Germany, where it's now No. 1 for a seventh week, and Austria, where it has reigned for six weeks. "Obsesion" also rises 3-2 in Switzerland.
Also rising again is Eric Prydz' "Call on Me" (Data/Ministry of Sound), which moves 5-3. The single went back to No. 1 in the United Kingdom, where it previously spent three weeks. This highly unusual U.K. chart occurrence is tempered by Prydz's weekly sales total of 23,519 units -- the lowest ever recorded for a No. 1 single in Britain.
The only top-10 debut on the Eurochart, at No. 8, is Duncan James' "I Believe My Heart" (Innocent/Virgin), which missed out on No. 1 in the United Kingdom by just over 1,000 units. James, a member of chart regulars Blue, is joined on the track by musical theater vocalist Keedie.