Madonna, Robbie Williams dominent l'Europe.
October 22, 2009
By Paul Sexton, London
Billboard’s new pan-European sales charts show Madonna starting a fourth week at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums, while Robbie Williams makes a triumphant return, topping European Hot 100 Singles with “Bodies” (Virgin/EMI).
“Celebration” loses its remaining No. 1 European berths, in Ireland and the Czech Republic, but is back up 3-2 in Italy, 4-3 in Norway, 7-4 in Spain, 10-9 in Switzerland and is new in the Hungarian top 10 at No. 7. The compilation is also steady at No. 6 in Finland. The title track single moves down 4-8 on the singles rundown.
Robbie Williams’ first single for two and a half years, “Bodies” is new at No. 1 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and posts four No. 2 rankings, in Italy, Denmark, Finland and the United Kingdom, the latter with strong sales of 89,000. It’s beaten to No. 1 there by former “X Factor” winner Alexandra Burke’s “Bad Boys” (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment), featuring Flo Rida, which opens with the U.K.’s highest weekly singles sales of the year, 187,000.
Williams is also new at No. 3 in Holland, Ireland and Walllony, No. 5 in Flanders and No. 8 in France. His eighth studio album “Reality Killed the Video Star” follows Nov. 9.