Bruce Springsteen shows the Billboard 200 who's the Boss, as his new album "Working on a Dream" debuts atop the list -- his ninth chart-topper. Only a handful of acts have achieved more No. 1 albums, but who are they? . . . Other high debuts on the big chart this week come from Franz Ferdinand, the new "Grammy Nominees 2009" compilation, a new WWE album and Pat Green's latest . . . In Progress Reports, we've got news on the All-American Rejects' new top 10 single, Big & Rich's John Rich and his first solo top 40 hit, and Beyonce on the Hot Dance Club Play chart . . . but not in the way you think.
Bruce Springsteen grabs his ninth No. 1 album as "Working on a Dream" glides into the top spot on the Billboard 200 with 224,000. He is now tied with the Rolling Stones for the third-most No. 1 albums. Only the Beatles (with 19), along with Elvis Presley and Jay-Z (who both have 10), have more.
The release week for "Working on a Dream" was capped by a performance by Springsteen with his E Street Band on Sunday, Feb. 1 during halftime of the Super Bowl. Though Nielsen SoundScan's tracking week ends on Sunday night, sources close to the album suggest that the set did experience a significant daily sales increase on Sunday. However, it's likely that the full impact of the halftime show will not be felt until next week's chart.
The first-week tally for "Working" is off 33% compared with the opening frame for Springsteen's last studio set, 2007's "Magic" (335,000), which also debuted at No. 1.
The Boss boots Taylor Swift's "Fearless" out of the top slot on the Billboard 200, after it had resided there for a cumulative eight weeks. She may return to the top shortly, but she'll have some competition. Next week the Fray's self-titled set will enter the tally, as well as Dierks Bentley's latest, "Feel the Fire." And, Springsteen of course may hold on to No. 1 for a second week, too.
Springsteen's first No. 1 album came with 1980's "The River." In that decade, he also scored chart-toppers with "Born in the U.S.A.," "Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band 1975-1985" and "Tunnel of Love." He would later return to the top in 1995 with "Greatest Hits," and again in 2002, 2005 and 2007 with "The Rising," "Devils & Dust" and "Magic," respectively.
Other high debuts on the Billboard 200 this week include the "Grammy Nominees 2009" compilation (No. 6 with 33,000), Franz Ferdinand's "Tonight: Franz Ferdinand" (No. 9 with 31,000), the "Voices: WWE the Music - Vol. 9" set (No. 11 with 25,000) and Pat Green's "What I'm For" (No. 18 with 18,000).
|The Billboard 200
Sales data provided and compiled from Nielsen SoundScan
|*1||New||BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Working On A Dream (Columbia / Sony Music)||*11||New||SOUNDTRACK Voices: WWE The Music Vol. 9 (WWE / Columbia / Sony Music)|
|2||1||TAYLOR SWIFT Fearless (Big Machine )||12||5||SOUNDTRACK Twilight (Summit / Chop Shop / Atlantic / AG)|
|3||2||BEYONCE I Am...Sasha Fierce (Music World / Columbia / Sony Music)||13||11||VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW 29 (Universal / EMI / Sony Music / JLG / UMe)|
|4||3||NICKELBACK Dark Horse (Roadrunner )||14||15||PINK Funhouse (LaFace / JLG)|
|5||4||KANYE WEST 808s & Heartbreak (Roc-A-Fella / Def Jam / IDJMG)||15||17||AKON Freedom (Konvict / Upfront / SRC / Universal Motown / UMRG)|
|*6||New||VARIOUS ARTISTS Grammy Nominees 2009 (Grammy / Rhino)||16||18||T.I. Paper Trail (Grand Hustle / Atlantic / AG)|
|7||8||JAMIE FOXX Intuition (J / RMG)||*17||24||JASON MRAZ We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. (Atlantic / AG)|
|8||6||KEYSHIA COLE A Different Me (Imani / Geffen / IGA)||*18||New||PAT GREEN What I'm For (BNA / SMN)|
|*9||New||FRANZ FERDINAND Tonight: Franz Ferdinand (Domino / Epic / Sony Music)||19||20||LADY GAGA The Fame (Streamline / KonLive / Cherrytree / Interscope / IGA)|
|10||7||BRITNEY SPEARS Circus (Jive / JLG)||20||14||DAVID COOK David Cook (19 / RCA / RMG)|
|* indicates titles with greatest sales gains this week|
Album units, current chart week: 6.5 million units
UP 1.2% from last week's charts: 6.4 million units
DOWN 14% from same week, 2008: 7.6 million units
This week: Only the No. 1 album sells more than 100,000 copies.
This week last year on the Billboard 200: Alicia Keys' "As I Am" returned to No. 1 with 61,000 while the previous week's chart-topper, the soundtrack to "Juno," slipped to No. 2 (55,000). Four albums debuted in the top 10: the Mars Volta's "Bedlam in Goliath" (No. 3 with 54,000), Bullet for My Valentine's "Scream Aim Fire" (No. 4 with 53,000), the "Grammy Nominees 2008" compilation (No. 5 with 50,000) and the "Hannah Montana 2: Non-Stop Dance Party" set (No. 7 with 40,000).
The No. 1 album this week, Bruce Springsteen's "Working on a Dream" (Columbia), sold 224,000.
The No. 1 album for the same week of 2008, Alicia Keys' "As I Am" (MBK/J/RMG), sold 61,000.
Average total of the No. 1 album for the same week of the year during the past 10 years (2000-2009): 207,740.
On the Mainstream Top 40 radio airplay chart, the All-American Rejects collect their fourth consecutive top 10 hit as "Gives You Hell" rises from No. 11 to No. 9 in its 11th chart week. The band previously earned top 10 singles with "Dirty Little Secret" (No. 4), "Move Along" (No. 9) and "It Ends Tonight" (No. 8). The group's lone chart hit to miss the top 10 was its first entry, "Swing, Swing," which reached No. 17 in 2003 ... The Rejects are only the fifth rock band to score at least four straight top 10s, following Hootie and the Blowfish, Santana, Creed and Nickelback.
Big & Rich's John Rich nets his first solo top 40 hit on the Hot Country Songs chart, as "Shuttin' Detroit Down" opens as the Hot Shot Debut at No. 34. The singer/producer began playing the auto worker anthem acoustically while visiting radio stations ahead of the release of his solo album, "Son of a Preacher Man," due in May. Sources at Rich's record label, Warner Bros., say that radio programmers' demand for the song prompted Rich to rush-record a studio version. Promotion for the set's first single ("Another You," No. 49), meanwhile, has been discontinued to make way for "Detroit." Rich's chart history comprises four solo singles and 14 entries by Big & Rich, including the 2007 No. 1 "Lost in This Moment."
It's normal to see Beyonce's name on the Hot Dance Club Play chart: After all, she's charted 13 times on her own and another 10 times as part of Destiny's Child. But this week marks the first time she's ever been the title subject of a hit on this chart -- or any Billboard chart for that matter. Cazwell's "I Seen Beyonce at Burger King" debuts at No. 48 on the Club Play tally. It's the New York rapper's second Billboard hit, following "All Over Your Face" (No. 31 in 2006)
A LOOK AHEAD
Among the titles released this week, due on next week's charts: the Fray's "The Fray," Dierks Bentley's "Feel That Fire," Wynonna's "Sing - Chapter 1," the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus' "Lonely Road" and Ben Kweller's "Changing Horses."
Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2008 when: Jack Johnson's "Sleep Through the Static" bowed at No. 1 with 375,000 while Sheryl Crow's "Detours" cruised in at No. 2 with 92,000.