George Michael begins a second week at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums with "Patience" (Aegean/Sony Music). Although the set falls from the top spot in the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy, it is bo

George Michael begins a second week at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums with "Patience" (Aegean/Sony Music). Although the set falls from the top spot in the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy, it is boosted by a 2-1 climb in Holland and a 9-4 move in Belgium. "Patience" spends a second week at No. 1 in Denmark and makes new entries at No. 1 in Sweden and No. 2 in Switzerland.

With Norah Jones' "Feels Like Home" (Blue Note/Parlophone) and Guns N' Roses' "Greatest Hits" (Geffen) holding at positions two and three, respectively, on the pan-European chart, the new contender for Michael's crown is Usher's "Confessions" (Arista), which debuts at No. 4. That's after a chart-topping start in the United Kingdom, on sales of 98,000 units. "Confessions" also opened at No. 2 in Germany and No. 7 in France, and climbed 16-3 in Holland.

Eric Clapton makes a dependably strong start at No. 5 on European Top 100 Albums with "Me and Mr. Johnson" (Reprise). The set has top-10 berths in Austria (No. 5), Spain (No. 7), Germany (No. 8), Italy (No. 9) and the United Kingdom (No. 10). His most recent album, "Reptile," debuted at No. 2 on Top 100 Albums in March 2001. Clapton, who turned 59 on Tuesday, started a European tour March 26 in France.

N.E.R.D.'s "Fly or Die" (Virgin) shifts 57,000 units in the United Kingdom to open there at No. 4, driving a No. 6 debut on the aggregate chart. It is at No. 4 in Norway and No. 5 in Holland.

German pop duo Rosenstolz' "Herz" (Universal Island) is new at No. 10 on the composite albums chart, following a No. 1 entry at home. Rosenstolz, which starts a local tour April 15 in Berlin, reached No. 8 on the German singles chart last week with "Liebe Ist Alles." That track is at No. 43 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.

Usher's "Yeah!" (featuring Lil' Jon and Ludacris) tops Eurochart Hot 100 Singles for the second week. The song has No. 1 showings in the United Kingdom, Norway and Denmark.

The major climber on the singles Eurochart is J-Five's "Modern Times" (M6 Int), which is up 18-6 following a 4-1 climb in the act's native France. The single is a tribute to Charlie Chaplin and his classic 1936 film from which it takes its title.