Bruce Springsteen notched his tenth No. 1 album in the U.K. yesterday (Jan. 19) with “High Hopes” (Columbia/Sony Music), as Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” (Back Lot) moved past the half-million sales mark to stake another week atop the singles chart.
Springsteen’s total of ten album bestsellers in the territory — a sequence that began close to 30 years ago with his 1984 release “Born In The U.S.A.” — takes him past the nine No. 1s logged by Abba, David Bowie, Michael Jackson and Queen, and level with U2 and the Rolling Stones. Elvis Presley and Robbie Williams each have 11, Madonna has 12, and the Beatles lead the roll of honor with 15.
The latest debut of The Boss sent Ellie Goulding’s “Halcyon” (Polydor/Universal), which led the list for the last two weeks, down to No. 2. “Beyoncé” (Columbia/Sony) fell 2-3 as Bastille’s “Bad Blood” (Virgin/Universal) moved up 5-4 as Gary Barlow fell 3-5 with “Since I Saw You Last” (Polydor/Universal).