IFPI Platinum Europe Awards - October 2006
New Robbie release sells two million in record time
November 8, 2006
This month sees Robbie Williams' Rudebox become the fastest selling Platinum Europe album so far this year, while Muse and Scissor Sisters have also picked up honours.
Robbie Williams cements his massive popularity across Europe with phenomenal sales of his latest album Rudebox. The title sold more than two million copies in October - despite being released in the last week of the month. Hot on the heels of a record sell-out world tour, the British star is set to release Lovelight, the second single from his new album, following the European success of title track Rudebox. This album is the seventh studio offering from the singer and promotes a more eclectic sound than previous releases, but one that is still obviously a hit with his army of fans.
The Scissor Sisters score a Platinum Europe double as both their first and second albums scoop awards. Scissor Sisters has now sold more than three million copies in Europe, while the band's hotly anticipated second album Ta-Dah has crossed the million mark. The American group burst onto the British scene with their eponymous debut in 2004 and follow-up Ta-Dah was released this September. I Don't Feel Like Dancin' - the first single taken from the new album - features the piano-playing skills of Elton John and was an instant hit across Europe. The band played a high-profile gig in London's Trafalgar Square in September and are about to embark on a UK tour.
Muse gain the first Platinum Europe Award for their album Black Holes and Revelations after it sold more than one million copies across the continent. The British three-piece from Devon formed at school in 1994 and this is their fourth album. The rock band is a festival favourite and Black Holes and Revelations was also nominated for this year's Mercury Music Prize. The July release has now sold throughout 19 European countries and the group won the Best Alternative Act gong at the recent MTV Europe Awards.
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Platinum Europe Awards honour the elite community of artists who have achieved sales of one million copies of an album in Europe. The Awards were launched in 1996 and they are now recognised as the established hallmark of success for artists in Europe.