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Led Zeppelin tops the music charts. A defunct hard rock act bumps new kids Staind and the Deftones to the middle of the pack

Led Zeppelin | LED-DERS OF THE PACK Plant, Page, and company debut at No. 1
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LED-DERS OF THE PACK Plant, Page, and company debut at No. 1

For a band that broke up in 1980, Led Zeppelin is doing an impressive job of showing up its whippersnapper competition. The band's three-CD set of vintage live material, ''How the West Was Won,'' debuted at No. 1 this week, selling 154,000 copies according to Soundscan. Meanwhile, last week's top two monsters of rock took a dramatic dip, with Staind's ''14 Shades of Grey'' falling from No. 1 to No. 7 and the Deftones eponymous CD descending to No. 11.

With the only other debut to make the top 10 coming from the ''2 Fast 2 Furious'' soundtrack at No. 8, familiar faces were left to duke it out for position. After 17 weeks on the charts, 50 Cent showed no signs of fading away, moving up from the fifth slot to No. 2, while Evanescence and Kelly Clarkson simply switched spaces. ''American Idol'' alum Clarkson fell one notch to No. 4, though she may get another chart boost when her film ''From Justin to Kelly'' opens on June 20. Evanescence made its highest appearance yet at No. 3, almost four months after the movie ''Daredevil'' pushed ''Bring Me to Life'' into heavy radio rotation.

Norah Jones' ''Come Away With Me'' moved up two spots to No. 5, as did the ''Lizzie McGuire'' soundtrack, which landed at No. 6. Cher's greatest hits album ''The Very Best of Cher'' also moved up a notch to No. 9. But joining Staind and the Deftones in disappointing slumps was ''The Matrix Reloaded'' soundtrack, which fell from No. 6 to No. 10. Given the film's drop at the box office, maybe everyone is wishing they'd taken the blue pill after all.

Originally posted Jun 04, 2003
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