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White Stripes hit top spot
The White Stripes
The White Stripes recorded the album using vintage equipment
Rock group The White Stripes, touted as one of the saviours of the rock scene, have gone straight to number one in the UK with their latest album, Elephant.

It is their first album since they rose to fame on a wave of publicity in 2001.

Made entirely using vintage equipment, it cost just $8,000 (5,000) and took 10 days to record.

The Detroit duo knocked Los Angeles nu-metal rockers Linkin Park off the top spot after one week.

Elephant has been warmly received by critics. They hit the headlines in August 2001 when the media went into a frenzy over their UK tour.

1. The White Stripes - Elephant
2. Norah Jones - Come Away With Me
3. Linkin Park - Meteora
4. Simply Red - Home
5. Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head
Source: Official UK Charts Company
"We assumed every month that went by that it would stop, but it's been two years now so I guess something's lasting. I don't know why," singer Jack White told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

Elephant was recorded at the Toerag studio in Hackney, east London, which is filled with equipment from the 1950s and 60s that was probably used by The Beatles.

"It shows people that you don't need to spend nine months and a million dollars recording an album to make good music," Jack White told Today.

Linkin Park slipped to number three, with multi-Grammy winner Norah Jones at number two.

The next new release was girl group Mis-Teeq, who went in at six, while a 30th anniversary version of Pink Floyd's classic Dark Side of the Moon went in at number 17.

In the singles chart, Make Luv by Room 5 featuring Oliver Cheatham, the soul track which features in a deodorant ad, has kept hold of the top spot for a second week.

Jack White on BBC Radio 4 Today
"It shows you don't need to spend nine months and a million dollars recording an album"

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