EMI Music U.K. and Ireland celebrated yesterday’s successful first-half results by retaining top place on European Top 100 Albums with Robbie Williams’ “Intensive Care” (Chrysalis) and adding a new entry at No. 2 with “Aerial” (EMI), Kate Bush’s first album in 12 years.
Williams’ album is in its third week at No. 1, returning to the top in Germany, where last week it dipped below Rammstein’s “Rosenrot” (Universal). “Care” is still No. 1 in Holland, Portugal and Sweden, up 4-2 in France and 3-2 in Switzerland. The single “Tripping” is No. 3 again on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, which it previously topped for three weeks. Also today, “Care” was given an IFPI Platinum Europe Award for Europe-wide shipments in excess of one million units.
Bush’s best start is at No. 3 in both Germany and the United Kingdom, where it sold 91,000 copies, according to charts compiler the Official U.K. Charts Company. “Aerial” opens well in Norway, at No. 4, and in Italy, at No. 9.
Classical-pop quartet Il Divo, whose members hail from France, Spain, Switzerland and America, make a No. 3 debut on Top 100 Albums with their sophomore set “Ancora” (Syco Music/Sony BMG). That’s fuelled in good measure by a No. 1 debut in the United Kingdom on sales of 149,000 units, and a chart-topping start in Spain. The set is also new at No. 3 in Holland, No. 5 in Ireland, No. 10 in France. Its predecessor is still top ten in Spain, rising 7-6 there. The act’s eponymous debut, which hit the British chart a year ago last week, is quadruple-platinum there for shipments of 1.2 million units.
Anastacia, the U.S. born pop-R&B singer whose career continues to have far greater dimensions in Europe than in her home country, arrives at No. 6 on Top 100 Albums with her hits collection “Pieces of a Dream” (Epic). First-week sales in the United Kingdom are 48,000 copies, for a No. 6 start. It makes better debuts in Switzerland, at No. 3, and Austria and Ireland, at No. 4, also charting at No. 7 in Germany.
A new Dire Straits compilation, “Private Investigations-The Very Best Of” (Mercury) enters the pan-European album list at No. 12, after debuts of No. 5 in Denmark, No. 7 in Spain and No. 9 in Portugal. It makes a No. 20 start in the United Kingdom. A previous compilation “Sultans of Swing-The Very Best of Dire Straits,” reached No. 6 there in 1998, in a 23-week chart run.
There’s a new No. 1 on the Eurochart, where Madonna marks her European promotional work this week by soaring from No. 73 with “Hung Up” (Warner Bros.). That’s after becoming her 11th U.K. No. 1 single (in a span of 20 years) with first-week sales of 105,000 copies, and collecting numerous other No. 1 crowns around the region, in Germany, Spain, Holland, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland and Austria. Additionally, it races 67-1 in France and enters at No. 2 in Ireland.