Black Eyed Peas and the Darkness held steady at the top of the new U.K. singles and album charts, unveiled yesterday (Sept. 14). The Peas' "Where Is the Love" (A&M/Mercury) held off new singles fr

Black Eyed Peas and the Darkness held steady at the top of the new U.K. singles and album charts, unveiled yesterday (Sept. 14). The Peas' "Where Is the Love" (A&M/Mercury) held off new singles from heavy hitters Dido, Gareth Gates and Christina Aguilera, while the Darkness withstood the challenge of a rock powerhouse of earlier vintage, Iron Maiden.

Dido's "White Flag" (Cheeky/BMG) debuted at No. 2, her best singles chart showing to date here, ahead of the Sep. 29 release of her sophomore album, "Life for Rent." Teen pop favorite Gates entered at No. 3 with "Sunshine" (S/BMG), while there was a No. 6 start for "Can't Hold Us Down," the latest single from Aguilera's "Stripped" album (BMG).

U.K. rock act Muse returned at No. 8 with "Time Is Running Out" (Taste/East West), the first release from the band's third album, "Absolution." It's Muse's ninth top-40 single, and the first to make the top-10. "Shake Ya Tailfeather" by Nelly, P. Diddy and Murphy Lee (Bad Boy/Island) entered at No. 10.

The Darkness' "Permission To Land" topped the album chart for a third week, staving off Iron Maiden's "Dance of Death" (EMI), which entered at No.2. That's Maiden's 21st U.K. chart album and its 13th top-10 hit.

Up-and-coming U.K. rock outfit Cooper Temple Clause achieved an impressive No. 5 start for "Kick Up the Fire and Let the Flames Break Loose" (Morning), a dramatic improvement on the No. 27 peak of the album "See This Through and Leave" in February 2002. New York rock-pop trio Fun Lovin' Criminals bowed at No. 20 with "Welcome To Poppy's" (Sanctuary).

Further down the chart, there was a No. 25 debut for "Amazing Grace" by Spiritualized (Spaceman/Sanctuary), a No. 32 arrival for the Rapture with "Echoes" (DFA/Output/Vertigo) and a No. 38 bow for Charlatans lead singer Tim Burgess' solo debut, "I Believe" (PIAS).

On the pan-European charts, "Fallen" (Wind-Up/Epic) by Evanescence tops the European Top 100 Albums chart for a fifth consecutive week, while Lumidee's "Never Leave You (Uh Ooh, Uh Oooh!)" (MCA/Universal) moves back 2-1 on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally.

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