Adele May Block Bruce Springsteen From No. 1
Adele May Block Bruce Springsteen From No. 1

B ruce Springsteen's new studio album "Wrecking Ball" is on course to sell over 200,000 copies by week's end on Sunday, March 11 -- so say industry prognosticators. However, that may not be enough to bump the reigning Adele from the top slot on the Billboard 200 chart.

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Her "21" album will also sell more than 200,000 this week, and it thus may hold for a 24th week atop the tally. So far, only seven albums have spent 24 weeks or more at No. 1. The last to do so was Prince & the Revolution's "Purple Rain" soundtrack in 1984 and 1985.

As for Springsteen, "Wrecking Ball" follows his last studio effort, 2009's "Working on a Dream." It started at No. 1 with 224,000 sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. If "Wrecking Ball" reaches No. 1, it will mark the Boss' 10th No. 1 album.

The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, March 14.

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