Robbie Williams withstands the sales of a new singles retrospective by Jamiroquai to begin a third week at the helm of European Top 100 Albums with "Rudebox" (Chrysalis). Although Williams' set slides
Robbie Williams withstands the sales of a new singles retrospective by Jamiroquai to begin a third week at the helm of European Top 100 Albums with "Rudebox" (Chrysalis). Although Williams' set slides 2-9, it tops the German chart for a third week, debuts at No. 3 in Greece and jumps 6-3 in Hungary.
"Rudebox" stays at No. 2 in Austria and the Belgian region of Wallony and at No. 3 in Italy. However, it is down 1-2 in Switzerland, 2-3 in Sweden, 2-4 in Holland and 3-4 in Flanders.
The "High Times: Singles 1992-2006" (Columbia) set contains eight of Jamiroquai's nine British top ten singles, omitting 1995's "Stillness In Time," and five of the act's nine other top 20 entries. It's new at No. 1 in the United Kingdom, selling close to 79,000 units to become Jamiroquai's fourth chart-topping album, and at No. 1 in Switzerland and No. 5 in Italy. The compilation also climbs 20-3 in Wallony.
J.J.Cale's collaboration with Eric Clapton, "The Road To Escondido" (Reprise), has a good opening European sales week, entering Top 100 Albums at No. 3. Its best individual ranking is at No. 2 in Germany, but it also makes top ten starts at No. 3 in Norway and Austria, No. 7 in Italy and No. 10 in France. The weak spot is in Clapton's home country the United Kingdom, where the album starts at No. 50.
Rod Stewart's "Still The Same...Great Rock Classics Of Our Time" (J), which entered Top 100 Albums at No.9 two weeks ago, rebounds to 10-6 by virtue of a No. 8 arrival in Germany. Further afield, the album climbs 3-2 in New Zealand and climbs 10-5 in Argentina. Stewart was inducted into the U.K. Music Hall of Fame on Tuesday (Nov. 14), accepting the accolade via a video link. A two-hour program of highlights from the event is broadcast on Channel 4 in the U.K. at 9pm local time tonight.
Angelis, the classical crossover group of six schoolboys and schoolgirls aged between 11 and 14, mentored by Simon Cowell for his Syco Music label, enters Top 100 Albums at No. 8 with its self-titled debut set. Opening U.K. sales of 65,000 produce a No. 2 entry. An international release of the album is planned for early 2007 by Syco/Sony BMG.
Damien Rice's "9" (Heffa/14th Floor) begins its Top 100 Albums stay appropriately, at No. 9, following a No. 4 debut in the United Kingdom on sales of 57,000. It's the Dublin-born singer-songwriter's follow-up to the slow-burning 2002 release "O," which eventually sold 1 million copies in the U.K. and 2 million worldwide, according to 14th Floor. Earlier this week Rice announced his first British tour for three years, from March next year.
Berlin-based reggae/dancehall band Seeed's "Live" (Downbeat) generates a No. 10 start on the composite chart after arriving at No .3 in Germany and No. 4 in Austria. The 11-piece group was formed in 1998.
Scissor Sisters' six-week reign on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles with "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" (Polydor) is ended by U2 & Green Day's cover of Scottish new wave band the Skids' minor 1978 U.K. chart entry "The Saints Are Coming" (Mercury/Reprise). Raising money for U2 guitarist the Edge's Music Rising charity, it's up 6-2 in the United Kingdom, races 25-1 in Sweden and 7-1 in Spain. It enters at No. 1 in Holland, Denmark, Norway and Switzerland. Other debuts include No. 2 in Italy, No. 3 in Austria and No. 6 in Germany.
Finally, Irish boy band Westlife scores its 14th U.K. No. 1 single with a version of Bette Midler's 1980 American hit "The Rose" (S/Sony BMG). It's also new at No. 2 in Ireland for a No. 4 start on the Eurochart, and leads off the group's "Love Songs" album, out next Monday (Nov. 20).