Bon Jovi lands another pan-European No. 1, as the band's new "Greatest Hits" compilation (Mercury/Universal Island) makes a winning start on Billboard's European Albums chart. Rihanna's "Only Girl (In The World)" (Def Jam/Universal) begins a second week atop European Hot 100 Singles.
The veteran American rock act missed out on the European crown with its last studio release "The Circle," which debuted and peaked at No. 2 exactly a year ago. That interrupted a perfect run including 2007's "Lost Highway," which spent four weeks at No. 1, "Have A Nice Day," (two weeks in 2005), "Bounce" (one week in 2002) and "Crush," on top for no fewer than seven weeks in 2000.
"Greatest Hits" debuts in pole position in Portugal and Ireland, with No. 2 starts in the United Kingdom (on sales of 87,000), Germany and Austria, No. 3 in Holland in Switzerland and No. 5 in Norway. The "Circle Tour" continues until Dec. 19, and following further North American dates in February and March, the band will embark on a major 2011 European tour opening June 8 in Zagreb.
After two weeks at No. 3 on European Albums, Shakira's "Sale El Sol" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment) moves up a place, spending a second week atop the French chart and climbing 3-1 in Italy. It's down 1-2 in Portugal and 1-3 in the Belgian region of Wallony, but climbs 15-4 in Hungary and 14-7 in the Czech Republic, holding at No. 3 in Spain and adding a No. 3 debut in Poland.
After two weeks as Europe's No. 1 album, Kings of Leon's "Come Around Sundown" (Hand Me Down/Sony Music Entertainment) dips to No. 3. It's new at No. 1 in Poland, but falls 1-4 in the United Kingdom and 1-3 in Ireland.
"Rock Dust Light Star," Jamiroquai's first release since transferring from Sony to Mercury/Universal, debuts at No. 4 overall. Its best start is at No. 1 in Holland, followed by No. 2 in France and Switzerland, No. 6 in Austria, No. 7 in both the United Kingdom and Germany and No. 10 in Wallony. First-week U.K. sales are 34,000. The band's last studio release for Sony, 2005's "Dynamite," had two weeks at No. 2 across Europe, and "High Times: Singles 1992-2006" had one week at No. 2 the following year.
Robbie Williams' "In and Out of Consciousness - Greatest Hits 1990-2010" (Virgin/EMI) and Andrea Berg's "Schwerelos" (Sony Music Entertainment) are moving down the collective countdown, 2-5 and 5-6 respectively. Williams does climb 5-3 in the Czech Republic, 22-10 in Hungary and 18-12 in Poland, while Berg spends a second week at No. 1 in Germany and climbs 11-9 in Switzerland, but falls 1-3 in Austria.
Girls Aloud member Cheryl Cole's sophomore solo album "Messy Little Raindrops" (Fascination/Polydor/Universal) jumps onto the composite chart at No. 7, after selling 105,000 copies to open at No. 1 in the United Kingdom. It's also new at No. 2 in Ireland, while last week's U.K. No. 1 single from it, "Promise This," slips to No. 2, and 5-7 on Hot 100 Singles.
The fifth instalment in Rod Stewart's "Great American Songbook" series for J/Sony Music Entertainment, "Fly Me To The Moon," climbs 62-8 collectively, after debuting at No. 5 in the United Kingdom, on 38,000 sales. It's up 6-4 in Sweden, 36-6 in Poland and holds at No. 9 in Spain.
Taylor Swift's U.S. million-seller "Speak Now" (Big Machine/Mercury/Universal) moves into the pan-European top ten, 12-9, despite a sharp second-week U.K. decline, 6-22. The album holds at No. 10 in Spain but falls 4-8 in Norway and 6-7 in Ireland.
Anglo-Pakistani vocal discovery Rumer makes a top ten start with her "Seasons of My Soul" release for Atlantic/Warner Music, her No. 10 entry fuelled by a No. 3 debut in the United Kingdom on sales of 66,000. She will play the Mencap charity's Little Noise Sessions at London's Union Chapel next Tuesday (Nov. 16) with label mate Paolo Nutini.
Rihanna's single continues to conquer further European territories, moving 2-1 in the United Kingdom (where two-week sales total 260,000) and Ireland. "Only Girl" is down 1-2 in Austria but up 3-2 in Denmark and Switzerland and holds at No. 2 in Germany, France, Norway and Flanders, and No. 3 in Sweden and Wallony.