"Anastacia" (Epic) underlines its status as one of the most enduring European sellers of 2004, returning 2-1 in its 20th week on European Top 100 Albums. Its current single "Sick and Tired" holds at N
"Anastacia" (Epic) underlines its status as one of the most enduring European sellers of 2004, returning 2-1 in its 20th week on European Top 100 Albums. The single "Sick and Tired" holds at No. 2 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, behind O-Zone's "Dragostea Din Tei" (Media Services/Time/Vale), which is No. 1 for a 10th week. O-Zone's self-titled album moves up 20-14 overall.
Anastacia's latest surge includes a 4-1 climb in the United Kingdom, where sales of the album are now at 629,000 units. The set also moves 3-2 in Austria, 8-2 in Ireland, 15-9 in Portugal and 5-4 in Italy and Belgium, while holding at No. 1 in Holland, No. 2 in Germany and No. 9 in Spain. That's all in marked contrast to its performance in the United States, where "Anastacia" has failed to chart on The Billboard 200.
The typical summer lull has fallen over the Top 100 Albums chart, on which the most significant climber is Aventura's "We Broke the Rules" (Planet/Prime), which moves 28-11. The track "Obsession" soars 17-3 on the Eurochart.
"We Broke the Rules" is the fourth album by Aventura, whose members hail from the Dominican Republic but are based in the Bronx, N.Y. The band plays its native country's "bachata" style of guitar music. Released in the United States on the Premium Latin label, Aventura's album reached No. 56 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart in 2003; it went to No. 5 on Tropical Salsa and No. 11 on Top Tropical Albums. The group's prime European markets are France, where "Rules" moves 5-1 and "Obsession" moves 4-1, and Spain, where the single rises 9-8.
"Baby Cakes" (Relentless/Virgin) by 3 Of A Kind debuts at No. 4 on the Eurochart, after a No. 1 start in the trio's native United Kingdom, on sales of 55,000 units. The track is the latest example of "grime wave," a specifically English strand of hip-hop. Also new in the Eurochart top 10, at No. 7, is the Libertines' "Can't Stand Me Now" (Rough Trade). The song makes a No. 2 debut in the United Kingdom, where it's the group's first top-10 hit.
Germany's Blue Lagoon, a pop duo consisting of Estrella and David O. Joseph, has that country's top singles debut, entering at No. 6 with a cover of Matthew Wilder's 1984 favorite "Break My Stride" (Consumption).