White Stripes Storm The Chart But Can't Topple Linkin Park

Very Best of Cher LP also hits top 10.

While the White Stripes topped the U.K. album charts last week, they won't be able to achieve the same feat at home with their fourth album, Elephant. Meanwhile, perennial British chart topper Robbie Williams was relegated to the mid-40s with his third U.S. release, Escapology.

The White Stripes' Elephant lumbers into Billboard's top 10 at #6, but the blues punk, candy-stripped duo from Detroit couldn't slow the orbit of last week's #1, Linkin Park's Meteora.

Elephant is by far the highest chart debut from garage rockers Jack and Meg White, moving more than 125,000 copies in its first week, according to SoundScan figures released Wednesday (April 9). The album is the follow-up to the duo's breakthrough, 2001's White Blood Cells.

Linkin Park held onto the #1 spot with 264,000 in sales, a 65 percent drop from their 810,000-plus debut last week, but still enough to put them over the 1 million mark. 50 Cent slipped back into the #2 slot with sales of 174,000, just a slight dip from the week before, but enough to push Get Rich or Die Tryin' closer to the 4 million mark. 50 was followed by the Now That's What I Call Music! Vol. 12 album (166,000) with contributions from Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z and Nelly; Celine Dion's One Heart (165,000) at #4; and Norah Jones' still strong Come Away With Me (132,000) at #5.

Cher's farewell TV special scored impressive ratings on Tuesday night, and her greatest-hits collection, Very Best of Cher, will say hello to the top 10 next week with a #7 seating on sales of 122,000. The top 10 is rounded out by the soundtrack to "Chicago" (89,000), the debut LP from Evanescence, Fallen (83,000), and R. Kelly's Chocolate Factory (81,000), which held steady at #10 as it neared the 1.5 million sales mark.

Country singer Chris Cagle will debut at #15 with sales of 41,800, and the Dixie Chicks' 'landslide' seems to have leveled out following the fallout from singer Natalie Maines' overseas statements about President Bush. The group's Home sold 41,000 copies last week, which is 10,000 less than the week before and enough to knock them down one spot to #17.

Even as their album Pandemonium! neared the 1 million sales mark, B2K took a tumble, plummeting from #13 to #27 on sales of 32,000, a 50 percent drop from the previous week. The drop was even steeper for the Hot Boys, who fell 17 spots to #31 as their sales were cut in half to 27,000 in their second week on the chart.

Try as he may, British star Robbie Williams can't seem to escape the middle regions of the U.S. charts. He landed at #43 with Escapology on weak sales of 21,000 copies. Williams has released five albums overseas, selling more than 20 million albums total, but Escapology is only his third U.S. release. The sales are a disappointment given the reported $80 million contract Williams signed last year with EMI.

Rob Zombie's soundtrack to his directing debut, "House of 1,000 Corpses," enters the charts at #53 with 18,000 copies sold. Next week will also see the chart debut from Boy Sets Fire, Tomorrow Come Today (#141), Stereomud's Every Given Moment (#146) and not-so-dumb girl Lucy Woodward's While You Can, which slips in at #148.

For a feature interview with Linkin Park, check out "Linkin Park: Pretty Boring, Pretty Huge."