Dido's 'Rent' Extends Euro Chart Rule

Dido's "Life for Rent" (Cheeky/Arista) holds sway on European Top 100 Albums for the 16th week.

Dido's "Life for Rent" (Cheeky/Arista) holds sway on European Top 100 Albums for the 16th week, maintaining No. 1 slots in the U.K., Ireland, Holland and Switzerland, and moving back 7-5 in Belgium and 11-10 in Italy. Dido performs at the Brit Awards -- where she has three nominations -- Feb. 17 at London's Earls Court.

A 4-1 climb in Sweden and a 44-11 swing in the U.K. help No Doubt's "The Singles 1992-2003" (Interscope) to an 11-7 climb overall. The collection also moves 10-5 in Greece and 51-27 in Holland, while the single "It's My Life" is up 17-16 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles after climbs of 7-4 in Sweden, 32-9 in Holland and 10-7 in Italy. Interscope puts the band's total career sales worldwide at 25 million units.

German rock 'n' roll act Dick Brave & the Backbeats continues its progress on Top 100 Albums, 12-8, with "Dick This!" (WEA), which moves 2-1 locally to unseat Robbie Williams' "Live at Knebworth" (Chrysalis/Capitol). Williams' set holds at No. 5 on the aggregate chart. Capitol Music U.K. international director Kevin Brown says it has sold 2.6 million units worldwide, with the DVD of the summer 2003 event, "What We Did Last Summer," at close to 1 million units globally.

The album "Magic of Music" (Hansa), credited collectively to "Deutschland Sucht den Superstar," debuts at No. 2, behind Brave, in Germany, and No. 11 overall. It features the finalists on the German TV talent series of that name and includes the single "Believe in Miracles," a top-10 hit locally in December.

English-based singer/songwriter Katie Melua's album "Call Off the Search" (Dramatico) jumps 9-4 in the U.K., prompting a 40-18 climb on the composite chart. The label, owned by longtime English producer Mike Batt, who also helmed the album, is distributed by Pinnacle. "Search" was certified platinum last week for U.K. shipments of 300,000. Melua, born in the European republic of Georgia and raised in part in Northern Ireland, is still studying at the Brit School in Croydon, south London.

Black Eyed Peas' "Shut Up" (A&M) holds at No. 1 on the singles Eurochart, on which "Du Hast Mein Herz Gebrochen" by German singer Yvonne Catterfeld (Hansa) is new at No. 6, and at No. 1 in Germany. Following a No. 3 debut in the U.K., Scottish rock act Franz Ferdinand's "Take Me Out" is in at No. 10 on the aggregate singles chart, providing the first hit for the indie Domino label (distributed by Vital/THE).