Robbie Williams’ “Greatest Hits” (Chrysalis) has the stamina to hold off Eminem’s “Encore” (Aftermath/Interscope) at the top of the European Top 100 Albums chart. Eminem’s “Just Lose It” similarly staves off U2’s “Vertigo” (Island) from No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.
Although Williams falls from the top spot in Italy, Holland, Ireland, Greece and Portugal, he continues at No. 1 in Germany and Switzerland.
Eminem’s album was just released Friday (Nov. 12), and thus makes only one chart-topping start in Europe, in the United Kingdom, where it racks up two-day sales of 122,459 units. Eminem arrives at No. 2 in France and Germany, No. 3 in Denmark and No. 5 in Norway and Switzerland.
Britney Spears’ “Greatest Hits — My Prerogative” (Jive) compilation comes in at No. 3 on Top 100 Albums. It’s at No. 2 in the United Kingdom, behind Eminem, with sales of 115,341, according to the Official U.K. Charts Co. Spears scores a No. 1 start in Ireland, No. 4 in Germany and Austria, No. 6 in Portugal, No. 7 in Italy and No. 8 in Spain. The single “My Prerogative” falls 2-5 on the Eurochart.
Shania Twain’s “Greatest Hits” (Mercury) arrives at an aggregate No. 4, fuelled by debuts at No. 3 in Germany and Austria, No. 4 in Switzerland and No. 6 in the United Kingdom. Her last studio album, “Up!,” opened at No. 3 on Top 100 Albums in November 2002.
Irish pop act Westlife, now a quartet and restyled as crooners of classic swing numbers, enters Top 100 Albums at No. 6 with “Allow Us to Be Frank” (S/BMG). It makes a U.K. debut at No. 3, with sales of 91,000, and is new at No. 2 in Ireland. “Smile” will be released from the set as a British single Dec. 6.
As compilation season begins to make a firm mark on the pan-European album survey, “Best of Seal 1991-2004” (Warner Bros.) arrives at No. 10. His strongest sales base is Germany, where the album debuts at No. 5; it is also at No. 7 in Austria. In the United Kingdom, it opens at No. 27. Seal took part in the all-star “Produced by Trevor Horn” concert Nov. 11 at London’s Wembley Arena in aid of the Prince’s Trust.
A 6-1 vault in Holland takes Andrea Bocelli’s “Bocelli” (Sugar/Polydor) up 26-14 on Top 100 Albums. French vocalist Florence Pagny’s “Baryton” (Mercury) comes in at No. 20 after a No. 1 debut in France (ahead of Eminem). Her last album, “Ma Liberté De Penser,” reached No. 1 in France in April 2003.
U2’s “Vertigo” becomes the band’s fifth No. 1 (over a 16-year span) in the United Kingdom, selling close to 52,000 copies. “Vertigo” also debuts at the top in Spain, Italy, Ireland and Denmark; No. 2 in Holland and Norway; No. 4 in Austria; and No. 9 in Germany.