Springsteen Primed To Lead Next Week's Album Chart
Bruce Springsteen is on target to debut at No. 1 next week on The Billboard 200 with "Magic" (Columbia), his first album with the E Street Band in five years. Unweighted opening-day sales from eight lBruce Springsteen is on target to debut at No. 1 next week on The Billboard 200 with "Magic" (Columbia), his first album with the E Street Band in five years. Unweighted opening-day sales from eight leading accounts posted today on Nielsen SoundScan's Building Charts put the Oct. 2 release at 89,000 copies.
Two of the Boss' past three albums have debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200: 2002's "The Rising" and 2005's E Street-less "Devils & Dust." Last year's "The Seeger Sessions" topped out at No. 3.
Three other Oct. 2 releases could debut in next week's top 5. matchbox twenty's "Exile on Mainstream" (Atlantic) sold 42,000 copies on its first day at the Building panel, while Soulja Boy's "souljaboytellem.com" (ColliPark Music/Interscope) shifted 36,000 and J. Holiday's "Back of My Lac" (Music Line/Capitol) moved 33,000.
Also selling strongly on day one were Trey Songz's "Trey Day" (Atlantic) at 28,000 and Faith Hill's "The Hits" (Warner Bros.) at 20,000, both in the mid-week chart's top 10.
Billboard estimates the eight accounts that report to Nielsen SoundScan's Building Charts account for 79% of U.S. album sales. The panel includes the two racks that service Wal-Mart, Anderson Merchandisers and Handleman Co., plus Trans World Entertainment, Best Buy, Circuit City, Borders, iTunes and Target.