Lopez retains singles crown.
Moby's "Hotel" (Mute) repeats the performance of its 2002 predecessor "18" by going straight to the summit of European Top 100 Albums. "Hotel" bows at No. 1 in Switzerland; No. 2 in France, Holland and Austria; No. 3 in Italy; and No. 4 in Portugal. In the U.K., "Hotel" opens at a disappointing No. 8, following the No. 1 bows of both "18" and 1999's "Play." The new set's first single, "Lift Me Up," climbs 19-16 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.
Welsh rock trio Stereophonics enters Top 100 Albums at No. 5 with "Language. Sex. Violence. Other" (V2). The album becomes the band's fourth consecutive U.K. chart-topper, with first-week sales of 106,000 units, according to the Official U.K. Charts Co. "Dakota," which became Stereophonics' first British No. 1 single two weeks ago, is now at No. 12 there.
Daft Punk's "Human After All" (Virgin) enters Top 100 Albums at No. 7, following debuts of No. 3 in the act's native France and No. 10 in the United Kingdom. Daft Punk's last album, 2001's "Discovery," opened at No. 2 on Top 100 Albums and in Britain.
German vocalist Yvonne Catterfeld's "Unterwegs" (Sony BMG) is new at No. 8 on Top 100 Albums, thanks to first-week positions of No. 1 in her home country and No. 4 in Austria. The single "Glaub An Mich" dips 5-8 in Germany. Catterfeld's 2004 album "Farben Meiner Welt" (Hansa) opened at No. 10 on Top 100 Albums and No. 2 in Germany.
"Vanilla Ninja" by Swiss female quartet Blue Tattoo (Sony BMG) debuts at No. 14 on the aggregate chart and No. 4 in both Germany and Switzerland. The album contains the hit singles "Blue Tattoo" and "I Know." Blue Tattoo starts a tour of the G/S/A territories April 1 in Kiel.
On the Eurochart, Jennifer Lopez's "Get Right" (Epic) is still going strong, with a fifth week at No. 1. The track maintains top-10 rankings in France, Italy and Switzerland. Lopez's "Rebirth" falls 2-6 on Top 100 Albums.
There's a major challenger to Lopez's Eurochart crown in the form of "Rich Girl" (Interscope) by Gwen Stefani featuring Eve, which soars 36-2. The impetus comes from a No. 4 start in the United Kingdom and climbs of 15-3 in Denmark and 8-3 in Holland. Stefani's "Love Angel Music Baby" rises 14-11 on Top 100 Albums and moves 12-7 in Britain in its 17th chart week.