Despite lukewarm reviews from the music press, Robbie Williams’ latest album “Rudebox” (Chrysalis) has gone on to become a record-breaker, according to October certifications issued today (Nov. 8) by the IFPI.
Williams’ seventh studio album shifted two million copies in the week following its Oct. 23 release, the IFPI reported. The album debuted at No. 1 of the European Top 100 Albums chart, following chart-topping debuts in the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark and Finland.
“Rudebox” is one of four albums in October to receive a Platinum Europe Award, in recognition of shipments in excess of 1 million units.
Scissor Sisters’ claimed a brace of Platinum Europe trophies during the period. The N.Y. group’s self-titled Polydor debut 2004 set received its third honor, having surpassed three million pan-European shipments. In addition, the band’s latest set from September, “Ta-Dah,” crossed the one-million milestone.
British prog-rock trio Muse, fresh from taking out the best alternative trophy at the MTV Europe Music Awards on Nov. 2, saw their July release “Black Holes and Revelations” (Helium 3/Warner Bros) hit one million European shipments.