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THE CHART

WHITE SUPREMACY

What's red, white, and green all over? Answer: The White Stripes, rolling in dough after Elephant debuted at No. 6 with 126,000 copies sold, a remarkable feat for an indie band dependent largely on press buzz. Next color: Gold! -- and then maybe they'll be able to afford that bass player. The ersatz-sibling duo just barely edged out half of another legendary, once-married team -- Cher, whose hits set bowed at No. 7 with 122,000 units. Country hunk Chris Cagle's self-titled CD rounded out the top 15 (42,000). Linkin Park's sales fell to less than a third of last week's 810,000 bow, but the band's 265,000-unit second week was still elephantine enough for No. 1.

POP ALBUMS

LAST WEEKS ON WEEK CHART

1 1 LINKIN PARK Meteora, Warner Bros. 2 2 4 50 Cent Get Rich or Die Tryin', Shady/Aftermath/Interscope 9 3 3 VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW That's What I Call Music! 12, Virgin 2 4 2 CELINE DION One Heart, Epic 2 5 5 Norah Jones Come Away With Me, Blue Note 58 6 -- WHITE STRIPES Elephant, V2 1 7 -- CHER The Very Best of Cher, Warner Bros. 1 8 6 VARIOUS ARTISTS Chicago soundtrack, Epic 12 9 9 EVANESCENCE Fallen, Wind-up 5 10 10 R. KELLY Chocolate Factory, Jive 7 11 11 KID ROCK Cocky, Lava/Atlantic 72 12 12 SEAN PAUL Dutty Rock, 2 Hard/VP/Atlantic 21 13 8 THA DIPLOMATS Diplomatic Immunity, Def Jam 2 14 15 FABOLOUS Street Dreams, Desert Storm/Elektra 5 15 -- CHRIS CAGLE Chris Cagle, Capitol 1

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Originally posted Apr 18, 2003 Published in issue #705 Apr 18, 2003 Order article reprints