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Darkness land on US album chart
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The Darkness are appearing on David Letterman's show on Friday
UK rock sensations The Darkness have scored the highest-climbing album on this week's US chart, making their first appearance in the top 100.

Their album, Permission To Land, went from number 173 to 92 in one week on the Billboard chart.

The Darkness, a flamboyant rock group influenced by Queen and AC/DC, shot to fame in the UK in 2003, topping the album chart in August.

OutKast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below remained at number one in the US chart.


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The Darkness' jump comes as they begin to promote the album in the US, with an appearance on David Letterman's chat show on CBS lined up for Friday.

They are also due to make an appearance at the Virgin Megastore in New York's Times Square on Friday, according to Music Week magazine.

The New York Times has already said their music "sticks to the listener like hair gel" while the Los Angeles Times said they were "a little-bit-mindless but certainly-not-spineless".

Their album was the "pacesetter" on this week's Billboard chart - the title is given to the album with the biggest percentage growth every week.

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