Robbie Williams is king of the hill as his greatest hits compilation bows atop Billboard’s European Albums chart. Eminem extends his span to a third week as “Love the Way You Lie” retain the No.1 spot on the European Hot 100 Singles chart.
The Robbie Williams set also tops the German and Austrian album charts and opens strong in Ireland, Spain, Holland, Denmark, Portugal and Switzerland. Williams knocks off Phil Collins, whose Going Back falls to No.2. Rihanna leapfrogs the singles chart with “Only Girl (In the World),” which moves 30-5. It has already peaked at No.2 in Sweden and is dropping, while it’s a chart-topper in Norway and the Belgian region of Wallony.
Cee Lo Green’s “F**k You” tops the chart again this Sunday as Radio 1 counts down the official UK singles tally. He is trailed by Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are” the former No.1 which moves 4-2 this week. The highest new entry samples “Gotta Go Home” – Boney M’s 1979 hit. Titled “Barbra Streisand,” the novelty act Duck Sauce gets its breakthrough hit. Duck Sauce consists of DJ’s Armand van Helden and A-Trak. The American DJ Van Helden is nothing short of a giant on the dance scene, his biggest commercial hit to date is “U Don’t Even Know Me” from 1999. Swedish DJ collective Swedish House Mafia manages to climb 5-4 with “Miami 2 Ibiza,” surpassing Tinie Tempah’s “Written in the Stars” which falls 3-5. This means that Tempah holds both the No.4 and 5 positions as he’s featured on “Ibiza.”
It has taken Joe McElderry a good ten months to follow-up “The Climb,” a UK No.1 from January this year. He returns to the chart with a track originally released by the Norwegian pop group Donkeyboy. He bows at No.6 with his cover version, mind you that his debut hit was a Miley Cyrus cover. The track bows at No.4 on the Irish chart.
Robbie Williams & Gary Barlow takes a 2-7 drop with “Shame,” while Mike Posner’s “Cooler than Me” breaks into the top ten, leapfrogging 22-9. Usher & Pitbull returns to the top ten as well with “DJ Got Us Falling in Love.” Despite being most played song on UK radio before being released as a single, Michael Bublé bows at No.17. Robbie Williams vaults into the pole position on the album chart with In and Out of Consciousness: Greatest Hits 1990-2010, knocking Tinie Tempah’s Disc-Overy from the top spot. He lands at No.2, just ahead of Cliff Richard who is back with Bold as Brass, featuring classical standards.
CHART SPOTLIGHT. It looks as if Cheryl Cole will return to the charts at the end of this month. Scheduled for release on Oct.21, the up-tempo track “Promise This” has already begun to pick up airplay. The track bowed at No.47 on last week’s UK radio airplay chart. The song is produced by Wayne Wilkins, who was responsible for her debut hit “Fight for this Love.”
Set for release on Oct.24, Cheryl Cole will return with her second album Messy Little Raindrops. The dance-pop album was recorded in L.A. earlier this year. “Promise This” is the first single since “Parachute” reached No.5 in the UK this March. Lifted off her debut album 3 Words, Cheryl Cole managed to spawn three singles from that album.
Let’s wait and see if Cheryl Cole will return to Norwegian/Swedish talk show Skavlan.
Gwyneth Paltrow returns to the music scene. Yes, as news spread that she will star in the upcoming movie Country Strong, WelcheMusic notes that Paltrow’s musical career is nothing to sneeze at. Headlining the cast of Duets in 2000, she and Huey Lewis managed to top the singles tallies in Australia and New Zealand (the track also topped Billboard AC chart). Lewis-Paltrow made a cover of Smokey Robinson’s “Cruisin’.” Paltrow even secured hit (sans Huey Lewis) reaching No.3 in Australia with her own version of “Bette Davis’ Eyes.” Country Strong stars Tim McGraw as Paltrow’s husband/manager.
A soundtrack is bound for release on Oct.26 and the title track – “Country Strong” – has already reached No.43 on the Hot Country Singles Chart.