Celine ousted from top of charts

JOHN WILLIAMS -- JAM! Showbiz

, Last Updated: 1:31 PM ET

Celine Dion's reign atop the Canadian album charts was a short one.

Her latest album "One Heart" (37,700) was knocked to the second spot by the French compilation "Star Academie," which debuted at No. 1 on whopping sales of 173,000, according to data compiled by Nielsen SoundScan Canada.

"Star Academie" had the largest first week sales in Soundscan's history for a non-major label and largest first week sales for a francophone album -- with most of them coming from Quebec.

Linkin Park's new album "Meteora" (17,900) and Norah Jones's "Come Away With Me" (14,700) both slipped one spot to third and fourth, respectively.

The White Stripes' latest effort "Elephant," which debuted at No. 1 in the U.K., premiered in fifth on sales of 11,900. The debut is impressive considering the band's breakthrough album "White Blood Cells" didn't even make the charts when it was released in July of 2001.

50 Cent's "Get Rich Or Die Tryin'" (10,100) dropped from fourth to sixth, Evanescence's "Fallen" entered in seventh, Avril Lavigne's "Let Go" (7,500) sank from fifth to eighth, Shania Twain's "Up!" (6,700) went down to ninth and the "Chicago" (5,300) soundtrack fell from seventh to 10th.

Other debuts included Kazzer's "Go For Broke" at No. 40 and Gob's "Foot In Mouth Disease" at No. 45.

In the U.S., Linkin Park hung onto the No. 1 spot with sales of 264,800, 50 Cent (174,700) rose to second, the compilation "Now 12" (166,600) remained in third, followed by Celine Dion (165,700) in fourth, and Norah Jones (132,100) in fifth.

Here are the 10 best-selling albums in Canada, according to Nielsen SoundScan:

1. VARIOUS ARTISTS -- STAR ACADEMIE (173,000)

2. CELINE DION -- "ONE HEART" (37,700)

3. LINKIN PARK -- "METEORA" (17,900)

4. NORAH JONES -- "COME AWAY WITH ME" (14,700)

5. THE WHITE STRIPES -- ELEPHANT (11,900)

6. 50 CENT -- "GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN'" (10,100)

7. EVANESCENCE -- FALLEN (9,200)

8. AVRIL LAVIGNE -- "LET GO" (7,500)

9. SHANIA TWAIN -- "UP!" (6,700) 7964 735467

10. VARIOUS ARTISTS -- "CHICAGO OST" (5,300)


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