Robbie Williams launches into a third week at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums with “Greatest Hits” (Chrysalis). It retains the lead in Germany, Spain, Portugal, Holland and Switzerland and climbs 2-1 in Italy, 3-2 in Sweden, 4-2 in Belgium and 5-3 in Denmark.
However, Williams’ compilation falls 1-2 in the United Kingdom, where he loses his crown to Il Divo. The multi-national pop-classical quartet’s eponymous set, which is issued by Simon Cowell’s Syco label via BMG, starts at No. 7 on Top 100 Albums after selling 132,000 units in Britain.
Tina Turner’s “All The Best” retrospective (Parlophone) debuts at No. 2 on Top 100 Albums. It’s new at No. 3 in Austria and Switzerland, No. 4 in Portugal and No. 5 in Germany. In the United Kingdom, it’s at No. 6, despite a modest No. 25 peak last week for the lead single, the new track “Open Arms.” The album extends Turner’s chart career as a solo artist to 20 years and five months.
Phil Collins’ “Love Songs — A Compilation Old & New” gets a major boost from its U.K. release on Virgin. It opens at No. 10 there, causing a 14-5 gain on Top 100 Albums. Released by Warner Music throughout continental Europe, the album reached No. 8 on the aggregate chart last month.
Kings of Leon’s sophomore effort, “Aha Shake Heartbreak” (Hand Me Down/BMG), opens at No. 9 on European Top 100 Albums after capitalizing on the U.S. rock quartet’s strong fanbase in Britain, where it bows at No. 3. The band’s debut album, “Youth and Young Manhood,” was gold-certified (100,000 shipments) in Britain.
Scottish melodic rock four-piece Travis is new at No. 12 on the composite chart with “Singles” (Independiente), a collection of 17 song releases from the past eight years. The set bows at No. 4 in the United Kingdom. Travis frontman Fran Healy is among a stellar line-up taking part in this Sunday’s (Nov. 14) new recording of the Band Aid charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”
The Rolling Stones’ “Live Licks” (Virgin), recorded on the band’s 2002-03 world tour, opens at No. 19 on Top 100 Albums. It debuts in the top 10 in only one European market: Germany, where it is No. 9. In the United Kingdom, it debuts at No. 38, but that’s an improvement on the band’s last live album, “No Security,” which spent one week on the British chart at No. 67 in 1998.
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles has a new king, as Eminem’s “Just Lose It” (Interscope) debuts at No. 1. The song tops charts in the United Kingdom (on sales of 63,000 units), Denmark and Switzerland. It’s also new at No. 2 in Germany and Finland and No. 3 in Norway. As in the United States, his album “Encore” has had its European release moved up; it now streets tomorrow (Nov. 12).
Britney Spears’ “My Prerogative” (Jive) opens on the Eurochart at No. 2, ahead of next week’s debut for her set “Greatest Hits: My Prerogative.” The single debuts at No. 1 in Italy, Norway and Finland; No. 3 in Germany, the United Kingdom and Denmark; and No. 4 in Switzerland. It also climbs 18-3 in Belgium.
The remake of Rose Royce’s “Car Wash” by Christina Aguilera featuring Missy (DreamWorks) climbs 20-4 on the Eurochart. Its best ranking is No. 2 in Belgium. Destiny’s Child’s “Lose My Breath” (Columbia) opens at No. 5 on the pan-European chart, led by a No. 2 start in the United Kingdom.