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Bruce Springsteen Gets Eleventh #1 Album On Billboard 200
Posted by Joseph Lee on 01.22.2014



Bruce Springsteen has earned his eleventh #1 album on the Billboard 200 with the January 14 release of High Hopes from Columbia Records. The album sold 99,000 copies. This moves Springsteen ahead of Elvis Presley to have the third-most #1s in the history of the chart, behind the Beatles (19) and Jay Z (13). Springsteen's first #1 album was 1980's The River, which was followed by #1 albums in the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. HIs last #1 was 2012's Wrecking Ball. Springsteen is the only act to get #1 albums in each of the last four decades.

However, High Hopes is his first album to debut with less than 100,000 copies. His highest number was 2002's The Rising, which debuted at #1 with 525,000 copies sold. High Hopes sold strongly with Internet retailers thanks to Amazon.com, which had an exclusive CD/DVD version. The DVD contained a full concert of Springsteen and the E Street Band performing the entire Born in the U.S.A. album. The physical version of the album sold almost 37,000 copies on the internet (the largest for an album sold on the internet since last May with Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, which sold 38,000 thanks to 12,000 web orders of the vinyl LP version). The vinyl version of High Hopes only sold a little over 2,000 copies. It sold a total of 74,000 physical copies, the best for the week, with 26,000 downloads (the fourth best for the week).

Last week's #1, the soundtrack to Disney's Frozen, fell to #2 with 87,000. It is now in its eighth week and spent the last three weeks in the top two. It's the first soundtrack to spend three weeks in the top two since May 2009 when Hannah Montana: The Movie spent seven nonconsecutive weeks in the frame.

Kidz Bop returns for its eighteenth top ten album with Kidz Bop 25 at #3 with 65,000. This is the 39th charting album overall. In addition to the 25 numbered albums there have also been themed albums like Kidz Bop Christmas, Kidz Bop Sings the Beatles and Kidz Bop Halloween Hits!. On the Kids Albums chart, it's #1, the 27th #1 on the chart. The last album, Kidz Bop 24, also debuted at #3 (last year, #1 on Kid Albums) with 62,000 copies sold.

There are two other debuts this week in the top ten. Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles has her solo debut That Girl, which starts at #5 with 54,000 (#1 on the Country Albums chart) She's one half of the duo (with singer/guitarist Kristian Bush). As part of that duo she had six albums on the chart with three going to #1. These include 2008's Love on the Inside, the live album Live on the Inside in 2009 and 2010's The Incredible Machine. Their albums have sold 9.9 million copies in the US.

Switchfoot gains its third top ten album with Fading West at #6 with 39,000. It's the highest-charting album for the band since 2005's Nothing Is Sound debuted and peaked at #5. This is also its fifth #1 on the Christian Albums chart after Vice Versa, Oh! Gravity, Nothing Is Sound and The Beautiful Letdown.

1. Bruce Springsteen - High Hopes (99,000)
2. Frozen soundtrack (87,000)
3. Kidz Bop 25 (65,000)
4. Beyonce - Beyonce (61,000)
5. Jennifer Nettles - That Girl (54,000)
6. Switchfoot - Fading West (39,000)
7. Lorde - Pure Heroine (31,000)
8. Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (29,000)
9. Katy Perry - Prism (22,000)
10. Imagine Dragons - Night Visions (20,000)

Album sales this week totaled 4.4 million copies sold, up 4% from last week (4.3 million) and down 11% compared to last year (5 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 14.1 million, down 14% compared with the same total at this point last year (16.3 million).





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