An unchanged top three on European Top 100 Albums sees Robbie Williams start a second week at No. 1 with “Rudebox” (Chrysalis). It drops 1-2 in the United Kingdom, where sales fell by two-thirds on an initial 147,000 to a second-week tally of 49,000.
The album holds at No. 1 in Germany and Switzerland, climbs 4-2 in the Belgian region of Wallony and 9-5 in Portugal and debuts at No. 2 in Sweden. It loses pole position in Italy, Finland, Denmark and Austria.
Justin Timberlake’s “FutureSex/LoveSounds” (Jive) rebounds 7-4 in its eighth week on the composite chart, which it topped in its first two weeks on release. The album is certified platinum (300,000 units) in the United Kingdom, where it moves 11-10, helped by airplay for its new single “My Love” with rapper T.I., out next Monday (Nov. 13). “FutureSex” also makes a significant 15-3 improvement in Denmark; Timberlake was host and double-winner at the MTV Europe Music Awards Nov. 2 in the Danish capital, Copenhagen.
The top new entry on the Europe-wide album chart begins at No. 6 thanks to a powerful opening week in the United Kingdom. Five-girl British pop act Girls Aloud tops the local album chart for the first time with “The Sound of Girls Aloud – The Greatest Hits” (Fascination/Polydor), on sales of 84,000. The commercial strength of the compilation is underpinned by the group’s remarkable run of 13 consecutive top ten hit singles in the United Kingdom, including the current “Something Kinda Oooh,” which holds at No. 3 this week and moves 13-11 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.
Another Universal act secures the second highest arrival of the week. Pop/R&B singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse’s sophomore set “Back To Black” (Island) joins the aggregate chart at No. 11, after selling 43,000 units to enter the U.K. survey at No. 3. It includes the opening single “Rehab,” which holds at No. 7 locally. Winehouse’s debut album “Frank” reached No. 13 on the U.K. chart some three months after its debut three years ago, but “Rehab” is the artist’s first top 40 single.
German rock band Silbermond’s “Laut Gedacht” (Columbia), which entered Top 100 Albums at No. 3 in May after a No. 1 start in Germany, is back up 33-14 after rising 9-4 there and 19-5 in Austria. The new sales action is prompted by the track “Das Beste,” which tops the single chart in both markets.
French singer-songwriter Benabar climbs 12-1 in his home territory with “Reprise Des Negociations” (Jive), fuelling a 77-20 jump on Top 100 Albums. The 37-year-old artist, whose real name is Bruno Nicolini, released his eponymous, full solo debut in 2001 and followed it two years later with “Les Risques du Métier.”
Scissor Sisters hold on for a sixth week atop the Eurochart with “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin'” (Polydor), which is still No. 1 in Flanders and Switzerland and climbs 3-2 in Holland and Austria. The track holds off a strong challenge from Depeche Mode’s “Martyr” (Mute), the new song that heralds the band’s “Best Of” collection that streets next Monday (Nov. 13). “Martyr” enters at No. 1 in Italy, No. 2 in Germany and No. 3 in Denmark, and arrives at No. 13 in the United Kingdom on sales of 8,000.