Rammstein Storms Euro Albums Chart

German industrial hard-rock act Rammstein triumphs on European Top 100 Albums, entering at No. 1 with "Reise, Reise" (Polydor) to outdo the No. 2 start made by its 2001 predecessor, "Mutter."

German industrial hard-rock act Rammstein triumphs on European Top 100 Albums, entering at No. 1 with "Reise, Reise" (Polydor) to outdo the No. 2 start made by its 2001 predecessor, "Mutter."

The Berlin-based group's new set opens at No. 1 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland; No. 2 in Holland; No. 3 in France and Denmark; No. 4 in Norway; No. 6 in Portugal; and No. 7 in Spain. "Reise" also rises 27-4 in Belgium, and marks the band's first album chart showing in the United Kingdom, at No. 37. Initial European shipments are 600,000 units, according to Universal Music International. The single "Amerika" is No. 2 in Germany and No. 4 in Austria.

Mark Knopfler's fourth solo set, "Shangri-La" (Mercury), opens at No. 2 overall. It's No. 11 in the United Kingdom, down from the No. 7 start of his 2002 set "The Ragpicker's Dream." However, "Shangri-La" ties the opening of "Ragpicker's" in Norway, with a No. 1 debut, and outdoes it in Germany (at No. 3, vs. No. 6 for "Ragpicker's") and Italy (No. 4, vs. No. 5). "Shangri-La" is also new at No. 4 in Denmark, No. 5 in France, No. 6 in Spain, No. 7 in Switzerland and No. 9 in Belgium. In the Netherlands, it climbs 50-5. Initial European shipments are 425,000 units, according to UMI.

The sophomore release from teenage English soul singer Joss Stone, "Mind, Body & Soul," (Relentless/Virgin) opens at No. 3 overall, after a No. 1 start in the United Kingdom on sales of 75,000 units. It also debuts at No. 3 in Holland, No. 5 in Austria, No. 8 in Germany, No. 9 in France and No. 10 in Portugal.

"Lest We Forget -- The Best of Marilyn Manson" (Interscope) debuts at No. 5 on the aggregate tally after making top-10 starts in the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

German rap group Die Fantastischen Vier debuts at No. 12 on Top European Albums with "Viel" (Columbia), which starts at No. 2 in Germany and Austria and No. 4 in Switzerland.

Phil Collins' "Love Songs -- A Compilation Old & New" (Warner Bros.) jumps on at No. 15 overall, after starting at No. 3 in Switzerland (where the English-bred artist now lives) and No. 10 in Germany.

Brian Wilson's "Smile" (Nonesuch) debuts at No. 16 overall with an initial European shipment of 200,000 units, according to Warner Music International. Its best individual showing is No. 7 in the United Kingdom.

Aventura's "Obsesion" (Up Music/Warner Music) tops Eurochart Hot 100 Singles for a fifth week, continuing at No. 1 in Germany and Austria. "Laissez-Moi Dancer" (Mercury) by Star Academy 4, from the latest French TV talent series, is new at No. 1 there and No. 3 overall. R.E.M.'s "Leaving New York" (Warner Bros.) opens at an aggregate No. 4, after strong starts in Italy at No. 2, Spain at No. 4 and the United Kingdom at No. 5.

Irish pop perennial Ronan Keating lands at No. 6 on the Eurochart and No. 2 in the United Kingdom with his Polydor cover of Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance." The single precedes the U.K. release next Monday (Oct. 11) of his "10 Years of Hits" album, which covers his career with Boyzone and subsequent solo success. Womack's original U.S. hit reached only No. 40 in Britain.

Finally, in the week that the Streets' "A Grand Don't Come For Free" (Locked On/679) gains Platinum Europe status for regional shipments of 1 million units, the album yields its third British hit single, as "Blinded By the Lights" debuts at No. 10.

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