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White Stripes' 'Elephant' Trounces British Chart

The White Stripes’ much-heralded new album “Elephant” (XL Recordings) stampeded the U.K. chart on Sunday, going straight to No. 1, while “Make Luv” by Room 5 featuring Oliver Cheatham (Positiva) retained its place at the top of the singles chart.

The singles survey also saw a new entry at No. 4 for Liverpool trio Atomic Kitten’s latest hit, “Love Doesn’t Have To Hurt” (Innocent/Virgin), and a No. 7 debut for Avril Lavigne’s “I’m With You” (Arista). The only other top-20 debuts were Mario’s “Just a Friend” (J) at No. 18 and “Satisfaction” by Eve (Ruff Ryders) at No. 20.

Last week’s best-selling album, “Meteora” by Linkin Park (Warner Bros.) fell to No. 3, and U.K. R&B posse Mis-teeq scored a No. 6 debut with its “Eye Candy” set (Telstar). Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” (EMI), remastered for its 30th anniversary, reappeared at No. 17.

Music & Media’s European Top 100 Albums chart, representing sales throughout Europe across the previous week, lists “Meteora” new at No. 1 following chart-topping debuts in the U.K., Germany, Austria, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, and Ireland. Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” (Interscope) continues at No. 1 on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles survey.

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