Anastacia's self-titled third album (Epic) easily outperforms Janet Jackson's "Damita Jo" (Virgin) to debut at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums. Jackson's new set arrives at No. 20. "Anastacia" opens

Anastacia's self-titled third album (Epic) easily outperforms Janet Jackson's "Damita Jo" (Virgin) to debut at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums. Jackson's new set arrives at No. 20. "Anastacia" opens at the top in the United Kingdom (selling 87,000 units), Germany, Denmark, Austria and Norway. It is at No. 2 in Holland, No. 3 in Italy and No. 5 in Portugal. Opening single "Left Outside Alone" moves up 3-2 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles; it's No. 1 in Italy, Spain and Austria.

The immediate success of "Anastacia," which follows the Chicago-born, New York-raised artist's treatment for breast cancer last year, builds on a huge existing European fan base. Her 2000 album "Not That Kind" has achieved multiple IFPI Platinum Europe status for shipments across the region of 4 million copies, while 2002's "Freak of Nature" has shipped 3 million units.

Jackson's album, by contrast, fails to debut inside the top 10 of any major European market. Single "Just a Little While" falls 6-7 in Spain, although some territories have yet to release it. In the United Kingdom, the track hits stores on Monday. "Damita Jo" opens at No. 32 there with first-week sales of just under 10,000, compared to a No. 2 debut in April 2001 on nearly 37,000 sales for its predecessor "All for You."

The second-highest debut on Top 100 Albums is "Burli" (Motor) by Munich-based rock trio Sportfreunde Stiller, which enters at No. 11, with a No. 2 showing in Germany and No. 4 in Austria. The group starts a major tour of the Germany/Switzerland/Austria market April 24 in Basel, Switzerland.

Usher's "Yeah," featuring Lil' Jon and Ludacris, secures a third week atop the Eurochart. It's No. 1 in Germany, Denmark, Holland, Norway and Ireland, while Usher's "Confessions" album dips 4-5 overall. In the United Kingdom, "Yeah" is replaced at No. 1 by emerging guitar-pop boy band McFly's debut single "5 Colours in Her Hair" (Universal). Sales of 49,000 there for the single prompt a Eurochart debut at No. 5.

A No. 3 U.K. singles chart entry for Twista's "Slow Jamz" (Atlantic) leads to a No. 6 Eurochart bow for the former Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper. The other top-10 debut on the aggregate singles chart, at No. 9, is "Parle-Moi" (Columbia) by French vocalist Nadiya, which soars 79-2 locally.

New York modern-rock act the Scissor Sisters cracks the top 10 of the U.K. album chart for the first time as its self-titled Polydor set climbs 22-10 in its ninth week. The group's British tour continues at Barrowland in Glasgow tonight (April 8) and it will perform the single "Take Your Mama," which debuts in the United Kingdom at No. 17, on BBC1's "Top of the Pops" tomorrow.

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