The Fray Topples Springsteen On Billboard 200


The Fray earns its first No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with its sophomore self-titled Epic album, which sold 179,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The Denver-based rock act's previous album, "How To Save a Life," peaked at No. 14 and had its best sales week during Christmas 2006 with 150,000. It has sold 2.37 million to date.

Last week's No. 1, Bruce Springsteen's "Working on a Dream" (Columbia), slips to No. 2 in its second week with 102,000, a 55% sales hit.

Dierks Bentley's Capitol Nashville album "Feel That Fire" debuts at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 and No. 1 on Top Country Albums with 71,000 units. It's the singer's fourth straight top 10 on The Billboard 200 and third chart-topper on Country Albums. His last album, 2006's "Long Trip Alone," bowed at Nos. 5 and 1 on those charts with 82,000.

Bentley replaces Taylor Swift's "Fearless" (Big Machine) at the helm on the Country Albums tally, where it reigned supreme for the last 12 weeks. On The Billboard 200, "Fearless" slips 2-4 despite a 16% sales increase to 64,000. Beyonce's "I Am ... Sasha Fierce" (Music World/Columbia) has flat sales at 51,000, falling 3-5. With an 8% swell to 47,000 copies, Nickelback's "Dark Horse" (Roadrunner) descends 4-6.

At No. 7, "Kidz Bop 15" starts with 58,000. It's the ninth consecutive top 10 debut for the regular Razor & Tie "Bop" series, not counting its holiday and "Gold" titles. The collected "Kidz" albums -- including all of their assorted permutations -- have moved 9.3 million units in the U.S.

Jamie Foxx's "Intuition" (J) shifts 7-8 with 37,000 (+2%), while Kanye West's "808s & Heartbreak" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) descends 5-9 with 33,000 (-15%). Keyshia Cole's "A Different Me" (Geffen) sold 34,000 (+8%), falling 8-10.

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus' second major-label album, "Lonely Road" (Virgin), enters The Billboard 200 at No. 14 with 26,000. That outpaces the band's prior album, "Don't You Fake It," which debuted and peaked at No. 25 in 2006 with an opening frame of 25,000.

Victory rock act A Day To Remember opens at No. 21 with "Homesick," with 22,000 copies.

Though the Grammy awards ceremony was held on the evening of Sunday, Feb. 8 -- the last day of the tracking week reflected in today's Billboard 200 chart -- the CBS broadcast was a major cause of sales increases on this week's charts. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss' "Raising Sand," which won album of the year, re-enters at No. 68, on a 286% gain to 9,000.

Most gains come as a result of download purchases on Sunday night after the show. Another big winner, Adele and her Columbia debut "19," climb 56-27 on an 89% gain to 18,000. Of that increase of approximately 8,000 units, 82% was made up of downloads.

At 7.32 million units, sales are up 12.5% compared to the same total last week but are off by 13.1% compared to the same week in 2008.