The White Stripes: Ewan Spencer
Gary Susman
April 09, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Think how many more records the White Stripes would sell if they had a bass player. Still, the duo’s ”Elephant” sold impressively enough (especially given their lack of airplay) during its first week in stores, debuting at No. 6 on the Billboard album chart and moving 126,000 units, according to SoundScan.

Nonetheless, the Stripes offered no challenge to Linkin Park, whose ”Meteora” went platinum in its second week of release (it sold another 265,000 copies to top 1 million) and held on to the top chart position, despite a sales drop of more than two-thirds from last week’s 810,000. 50 Cent’s ”Get Rich or Die Tryin”’ sold another 174,000 copies, rising two notches to second place and approaching 4 million in sales. ”NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 12” held at third with sales of 166,000. Last week’s No. 2, Celine Dion’s ”One Heart,” switched places with ”Get Rich,” sliding two slots and shifting another 165,000 units. Holding at No. 5 was Norah Jones’ ”Come Away With Me,” selling another 132,000 discs.

The week’s other top-10 debut belonged to ”The Very Best of Cher,” which saw the ageless diva enter the chart at No. 7 on sales of 122,000. The ”Chicago” soundtrack slipped two slots to No. 8. Holding at ninth and 10th, respectively, were Evanescence’s ”Fallen” and R. Kelly’s ”Chocolate Factory.”

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