The European Top 100 Albums chart remains dominated by Anastacia's eponymous Epic album, which moved back to the pole position last week. It continues its reign despite small drops throughout Europe,
The European Top 100 Albums chart remains dominated by Anastacia's eponymous Epic album, which moved back to the pole position last week. It continues its reign despite small drops throughout Europe, except in Germany, where it remains at No. 1. The artist's new single "Sick & Tired" bows on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles at No. 17.
Swedish garage rockers the Hives have the highest entry on Top 100 Albums, at No. 9 with their sophomore effort, "Tyrannosaurus Hives." Amid a bidding frenzy, the band signed last year with Polydor U.K. for the world. It enjoys its highest placings in the United Kingdom, at No. 7, and in Germany, at No. 10.
Italian artist Zucchero confirm his status as one of Europe's most consistent sellers by re-entering the top 10 with "Zu & Co" (Polydor). The album, which moves 11-5, features duets with Sting, Sheryl Crow, Solomon Burke, Eric Clapton and others.
The other significant new entry on Top 100 Albums is a hits package from Van Halen, "Best of Both Worlds" (Warner Bros.). With a No. 43 debut, it fails to ignite the European charts to the extent it did this week in the United States, where it entered at No. 3.
On the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, O-Zone's "Dragostea Din Tei" (Media Services/Time/Vale) holds at No. 1 for the seventh week. Its rival version by Haiducci on Italian label Universo falls from No. 2 to No. 7.
The Streets' ballad "Dry Your Eyes" (Locked On/679 Recordings) comes in at No. 3. This is hot on the heels of a No. 1 debut in the United Kingdom, where the single sold 54,539 units last week, according to the Official Charts Co.
The Streets, aka Mike Skinner, made history by becoming the first British rapper to score a No. 1 single in the United Kingdom. In addition, Skinner's sophomore album, "A Grand Don't Come for Free," returns to the top of the British albums chart this week, as it earned a nomination for the annual Mercury Music Prize. Released three months ago, the album has passed the 500,000 U.K. sales mark, according to distributor Warner Music International.
WMI executive VP of marketing John Reid says he is convinced that "A Grand Don't Come for Free" has the potential to sell "several million copies worldwide." The set moves 9-6 this week on European Top 100 Albums.