Robbie Crowned Euro Albums Champ

Robbie Williams' "Greatest Hits" (Chrysalis) goes straight to the peak of European Top 100 Albums after amassing No. 1 debuts in seven territories.

Robbie Williams' "Greatest Hits" (Chrysalis) goes straight to the peak of European Top 100 Albums after amassing No. 1 debuts in seven territories. The set debuts at the top in the United Kingdom on opening sales of 320,000 units; Williams' last album, "Live at Knebworth," sold 117,000 in its first week in Britain in October 2003. The new anthology also starts at No. 1 in Germany, Holland, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland and Austria. Other debuts include No. 2 in Norway and No. 4 in Denmark. "Radio" dips 2-11 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.

Maroon 5's "Songs About Jane" (J), a fixture on Top 100 Albums all year, rises again 9-5 as the band continues its 12-city European tour. The trip wraps Nov. 9 in Copenhagen. Mervyn Lyn, BMG GLobal marketing VP of marketing and promotion, Europe, says total European sales for the set are now 1.55 million units, and additional singles and live dates are planned for early 2005.

Celine Dion's "Miracle" (Columbia) achieves a second-week climb of 8-6 on Top 100 Albums despite falling 4-5 in France and 5-10 in the United Kingdom. Similarly, Die Toten Hosen's "Zurueck Zum Glueck" (Sony Music) moves up 10-9 overall, despite falls in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

After Williams, the highest entry on the pan-European album survey is Rod Stewart's "Stardust ... The Great American Songbook Vol. III" (J), at No. 13. The album opens at No. 3 in the United Kingdom on sales of 34,000 units, vs. an initial 31,000 tally for "Vol. II" exactly one year ago.

Bernard Lavilliers' "Carnets de Bord" (Barclay) climbs 22-17 on Top 100 Albums after moving 2-1 in its second week on the French chart. The 58-year-old French vocalist first recorded for Decca in 1967.

The Eurochart also has a new leader, as Swedish DJ Eric Prydz moves 2-1 with "Call on Me" (Data/Ministry of Sound). Melodically based on Steve Winwood's "Valerie," the song has been a major British hit for six weeks, five of which have been spent at No. 1. The single debuts this week at No. 1 in Germany and climbs 7-5 in Belgium.

Natasha Bedingfield's "These Words" (Phonogenic/BMG) continues its European breakout with a 6-3 rise on the Eurochart after climbing 3-2 in Germany and holding at No. 2 in Norway and Austria. The single was No. 1 in the United Kingdom in August. BMG VP of international Dave Shack says keen radio response and international showcase performances have led to releases of Bedingfield's "Unwritten" album in most major markets this month. Other territories should follow by Christmas. The set's third U.K. single, the title track, has a Nov. 29 street date.

The Eurochart's highest debut is Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence 04" (Mute) at No. 5, a remix single in which the pop radio version of the song is reworked by Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park. The track is new at No. 1 in Spain and Denmark and No. 5 in Germany. It's at No. 7 in the United Kingdom, where the original peaked at No. 6 in 1990. “Silence” is from the album "Remixes 81-04," released internationally on Monday (Oct. 25) by Mute and Tuesday (Oct. 26) by Reprise in the United States. “Remixes” is available in one-, two- and three-disc packages.

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