Beatles hold European Christmas crown


LONDON -- The Beatles' "Love" (Apple) will spend Christmas at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums, after starting a fourth week atop the composite sales chart. It stands at No. 1 in just one individual market, Greece, but "Love" also climbs back 7-5 in France, 10-9 in Spain and holds at No. 6 in the United Kingdom. In that territory, the album impressively posts a sales tally of 106,000 units, up 17% from the previous week. Its four-week U.K. total is up to 466,000, according to charts compiler to Official U.K. Charts Company.

The next three placings on Top 100 Albums are also unchanged. Il Divo's "Siempre" (RCA) is in runner-up spot again, its best showing a 3-2 climb in Holland, although it loses top place in Spain and Switzerland. U2's "U218 Singles" (Mercury) holds at No. 3 overall, buoyed by No. 2 rankings in Ireland and Greece, and Take That's "Beautiful World" (Polydor) is at No. 4 again on the aggregate list, spending a third week at No. 1 in the United Kingdom, where total sales are 597,000.

Take That's "Patience," meanwhile, is the U.K.'s No. 1 single for a fifth week, with total sales of 191,000, but it's certain to lose its crown on this Sunday's Christmas chart to Leona Lewis, the winner of last Saturday's final of "The X Factor." The London-born singer's pre-recorded version of "A Moment Like This" (with which Kelly Clarkson won "American Idol" in 2002) was immediately made available as a download and then rush-released as a physical single yesterday (Dec. 20).

The big riser on Top 100 Albums is Yusuf's "An Other Cup" (Polydor), up 22-9 in its fifth week. It's on the rise again in Germany and Austria, after entering in both markets at No. 2 last month, climbing 11-3 and 10-4 respectively. In the United Kingdom, where "Cup" has gold certification for 100,000 shipments, it moves 75-70.

Elsewhere on the Eurochart, Nelly Furtado's "All Good Things (Come To An End)" (Mosley/Geffen) holds at No. 2, continuing to perform well in the G/S/A territories. It stays at No. 2 in Germany and Switzerland and climbs 4-2 in Austria, while the parent album "Loose" moves back 13-8 in Germany. Gwen Stefani's "Wind It Up" makes a Eurochart climb of 27-5, following an 8-3 jump in the United Kingdom. That good news is tempered by a disappointing second-week fall of 26-48 there for the album "The Sweet Escape."

The one top ten newcomer on the Eurochart is "21st Century Christmas"/"Move It" (EMI) by Cliff Richard, new at No. 10 after a No. 2 debut in the United Kingdom on sales of 23,000. The single combines a festive song with a new recording of his debut hit from 1958, featuring Brian May of Queen and the drummer on the original, Brian Bennett from the Shadows. During that extraordinary 48-year chart span, it's Richard's 121st top 40 single. His album "Two's Company - The Duets," which is gold in the U.K., moves 33-32 there.

Racing 64-14 on the Eurochart is German dance trio Cascada's new version of Savage Garden's 1998 hit "Truly, Madly, Deeply." In the U.K., where it's licensed to dance independent All Around The World, it's up 17-4, while in Ireland, on the Andorfine label, it races 41-3. In France, Cascada's previous single "Everytime We Touch," also on Andorfine, dips 3-4. A major European hit over the past four months, that track is still in the Eurochart top 20, at No. 15.