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Madonna & Bruce Springsteen Are Nos. 1 & 2 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart -- Just Like in 1985

Bruce Springsteen and Madonna
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Bruce Springsteen and Madonna

For the first time since 1985, music superstars Madonna and Bruce Springsteen are in the top two on the Billboard 200 albums chart at the same time.

The Queen of Pop’s new album Madame X bows at No. 1, while The Boss’ Western Stars starts at No. 2.

As previously reportedMadame X launches atop the list with 95,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending June 20, according to Nielsen Music. Western Stars bows with 66,000 units earned. Madame X is Madonna’s ninth No. 1 and 22nd top 10, while Western marks Springsteen’s 20th top 10.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new June 29-dated chart (where Madame X and Western enter at Nos. 1 and 2) will be posted in full on Billboard's websites on June 25.

With Madonna and Springsteen at Nos. 1 and 2 on the new Billboard 200, it’s the first time they have been in the top two together since 1985. The last time they were next-door neighbors in the top two (and the only time before this week) was for four weeks in January and February that year. On the charts dated Jan. 26 and Feb. 2, 1985, Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A. and Madonna’s Like a Virgin were Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. Then, the titles flipped ranks on Feb. 9 and Feb. 16. (Born spent a total of seven weeks at No. 1 and Virgin ruled for three weeks.)