Dido's "Life for Rent" (Cheeky/Arista) notches a 15th week at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums. It returns to the top in the U.K., on weekly sales of 30,000, and holds at No. 1 in Holland, Ireland and
Dido's "Life for Rent" (Cheeky/Arista) notches a 15th week at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums. It returns to the top in the U.K., on weekly sales of 30,000, and holds at No. 1 in Holland, Ireland and Switzerland. BMG estimates worldwide sales of the set at 7 million units.
Black Eyed Peas' "Elephunk" (A&M) hits a new peak in its 18th week on Top 100 Albums, moving 5-2. It climbs sharply in Finland (19-4), Sweden (20-5) and Switzerland (14-5). In the U.K., the album hits the top three for the first time, moving 4-3 in its 21st chart week. Universal Music International (UMI) reports that European sales of "Elephunk" were 1.53 million as of Friday; the worldwide total is just shy of 3 million. The Peas' latest single, "Shut Up," holds at No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, with European sales of 731,000, according to UMI.
Back on Top 100 Albums, the fastest riser is Dick Brave & the Backbeats' "Dick This!" (WEA), up 39-12 after an 8-2 climb in Germany. The group, which brings a rock'n'roll/rockabilly style to vintage material and new songs such as "Get the Party Started" and "Complicated," starts its Lock Up Your Ladies tour of Germany Feb. 9 in Solingen.
The highest new entry Top 100 Albums is "3.6.3" (Columbia), by French pop-rock act Indochine, at No. 18. The group, formed in 1981, debuts at No. 1 in France with the liveset, which takes its name from a concert in Bercy on June 3, 2003.
On the Eurochart, OutKast's "Hey Ya!" (Arista) rises 6-2 in its 12th chart week, buoyed by climbs of 11-5 in Austria, 10-6 in Germany and 14-9 in the U.K. It also holds at No. 2 in Norway.
Opening at No. 3 is "All This Time" (S/BMG) by Scottish newcomer Michelle McManus, the winner of the U.K.'s pre-Christmas "Pop Idol" TV series. McManus sells an initial 118,000 singles in Britain to debut at No. 1. But that pales in comparison to the opening week of the first "Idol" winner, Will Young, who sold 1.1 million units of "Evergreen"/"Anything Is Possible" in March 2002.