Weekly Chart Notes: Bruce Springsteen, Big Time Rush, Pitbull
Weekly Chart Notes: Bruce Springsteen, Big Time Rush, Pitbull

The Boss scores his 10th No. 1 album, Big Time Rush are a fab four and Pitbull unleashes his first Dance/Club Play Songs leader as a lead artist.

TENTH TIME NOT FROZEN OUT OF NO. 1: With his new leader, Springsteen expands his span of commanding the Billboard 200 to 31 years, four months and two weeks.

Here is a recap of his 10 No. 1 albums:

Year, Title, Weeks at No. 1
1980, "The River," four

1984, "Born in the U.S.A.," seven
1986, "Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band Live/1975-85" seven
1987, "Tunnel of Love," one
1995, "Greatest Hits," two
2002, "The Rising," two
2005, "Devils & Dust," one
2007, "Magic," two
2009, "Working on a Dream," one
2012, "Wrecking Ball," one (to date)

As Chart Beat readers Javier Fernandez Gomez of Madrid, Spain, and Steven Golisch of New Windsor, New York, point out, the Boss has now controlled the Billboard 200's top spot in four decades: the '80s, '90s, '00s and '10s.

He's also, as Gomez notes, had No. 1s with studio, live and best-of collections. (Garth Brooks has, as well).

As "Ball" marks four consecutive decades that Springsteen has viewed the Billboard 200 from the top, Springsteen boasts the longest such streak for a male artist, Golisch observes.

It's not, however, the longest streak ever. That honor belongs to Barbra Streisand, who has tallied a Billboard 200 No. 1 in five straight decades, starting with "People" in 1964.

While Streisand has yet to top the Billboard 200 in the '10s, "only seven years and nine months left for her to extend her streak to six decades!," Golisch muses.

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