The set begins at No. 2 with 66,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending June 20, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 62,000 were in album sales.
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 Western starts at No. 2, will be posted in full on Billboard‘s websites on June 25.
Springsteen first hit the top 10 back in 1975, when Born to Run sprinted 84-8 in its second week on the list (dated Sept. 20, 1975). The superstar last hit the top 10 in 2016 with the retrospective compilation release Chapter and Verse, which debuted and peaked at No. 5.
Only a handful of acts have earned at least 20 top 10 albums in the history of the Billboard 200 chart (which dates back to 1956, when the chart began publishing on a regular, weekly basis).
The Rolling Stones have the most top 10s, with 37. They are followed by Barbra Streisand (34), The Beatles (32), Frank Sinatra (32), Elvis Presley (27), Bob Dylan (22), Madonna (22), George Strait (21), Elton John (20), Paul McCartney/Wings (20) and Springsteen (20).
Western Stars was led by the radio-promoted single “Hello Sunshine,” which has peaked at No. 23 on the Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart.