Madonna's "American Life" (Maverick/Warner Bros.) powered to No. 1 on the U.K. album chart yesterday (April 27). It's the artist's eighth No. 1 album in Britain, a string that began when "Like a Virgi

Madonna's "American Life" (Maverick/Warner Bros.) powered to No. 1 on the U.K. album chart yesterday (April 27). It's the artist's eighth No. 1 album in Britain, a string that began when "Like a Virgin" hit the top in September 1985.

Another American veteran with an even longer chart span also returned to the U.K. chart yesterday. Now signed to Universal's German company, Meat Loaf debuted at No. 4 in the U.K. with "Couldn't Have Said It Better," his first new studio album since late 1995's "Welcome to the Neighborhood." That set reached No. 3; "Better" is Loaf's ninth top-10 U.K. chart album in total.

On the U.K. singles chart, English pop trio Busted scored its first chart-topping single with "You Said No" (Universal). The group opened its chart account in September 2002 when its debut single "What I Go to School For" reached No. 3. The trio, whose members all hail from the southern half of England, followed up in January with the No. 2 hit "Year 3000." The group's self-titled album, certified platinum for regional shipments of 300,000 units, climbs 7-5 this week.

Among other newcomers to the singles chart was Lisa Maffia, a member of hip-hop posse So Solid Crew, whose solo debut "All Over" (Independiente) arrived at No. 2. David Sneddon, the winner of the BBC's "Fame Academy" series, saw his second hit "Don't Let Go" (Mercury) open at No. 3. There was also a No. 5 entry for "X Gon' Give It To Ya" by rapper DMX (Def Jam/Mercury) and the highest singles chart placing to date for the White Stripes, whose "Seven Nation Army" (XL Recordings) logged in at No. 7. New five-piece boy band Triple Eight entered at No. 8 with its debut single "Knockout" (Polydor).

Compiling chart activity across Europe, Linkin Park's "Meteora" (Warner Bros.) marked its fourth week at No. 1 on Music & Media's European Top 100 Albums chart, while "In Da Club" by 50 Cent (Interscope) topped the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles tally for a third week.

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