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Bruce Springsteen Ties John Mayer For Most Top Rock Albums No. 1s

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Danny Clinch

Bruce Springsteen

'Letter to You' gives Springsteen his seventh leader.

Bruce Springsteen matches John Mayer for the most No. 1s in the history of Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart, as Letter to You debuts atop the list dated Nov. 7.

Letter to You debuts with 97,000 equivalent album units earned in the tracking week ending Oct. 29, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Of that sum, 92,000 units are comprised of album sales.

With his latest ruler, Springsteen now has seven Top Rock Albums No. 1s since the chart began in 2006, including two in the last year-and-a-half; before Letter to You, Western Stars reigned on June 29, 2019. He first led with Magic in October 2007.

Of his six chart bosses, six are credited solely to Springsteen, while another, 2016's Chapter and Verse, was credited to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

Below Springsteen and Mayer with seven rulers apiece, Dave Matthews (solo and with Dave Matthews Band) and Tom Petty (solo and with the Heartbreakers) each have six. Letter to You takes over atop the weekly chart by supplanting Petty's reissued Wildflowers, which crowned the Oct. 31 ranking and falls to No. 5 on the latest list.

Letter to You also becomes Springsteen's second No. 1  on Americana/Folk Albums, following Western Stars. On the all-format Billboard 200, it enters at No. 2. The album was the most-sold release in the U.S. in the latest tracking week and debuts at No. 1 on Album Sales, where it's Springsteen's eighth leader and first since High Hopes in 2014.

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Concurrently, Letter to You's title track and lead single spends a second week at its No. 2 high on the Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart and is in contention to reach No. 1 on the Nov. 14 list. Should it lead, it would mark Springsteen's first Adult Alternative Songs No. 1 since 2002's "The Rising."

"Letter to You" also ranks at No. 33 on the all-rock-format, audience-based Rock Airplay tally with 1.4 million audience impressions.