Even when he’s singing folk songs that are decades old, Bruce Springsteen remains a potent commercial force.
The latest disc from the Boss was among six new releases that shook up the top 10 on the nation’s album sales chart.
But it was “IV,” from Universal rockers Godsmack, that led the charge, selling 211,000 copies in the week ended Sunday, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Another heavy rock band, Taking Back Sunday, opened at No. 2 as their Warner Bros. release “Louder Now” sold 158,000.
Springsteen again debuted in the top three, selling 149,000 copies of “We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions” (Columbia). “Seeger” is his 12th album in 31 years to land in the top three. The Boss’ previous studio effort, “Devils & Dust,” debuted at No. 1 on sales of 223,000 after its release April 26, 2005.
Two R&B acts took spots 4 and 5. Avant sold 123,000 copies of his sophomore effort for Geffen, “Director,” while Rihanna’s second disc for Island, “Girl Like Me,” sold 115,000.
The Goo Goo Dolls’ “Let Love In” (Warner Bros.) sold 83,000 to open at No. 9. It is only their second top 10 album — “Guttermouth” made it to No. 4 four years ago.
Other debuts included Christian rockers Mercyme’s “Coming up to Breathe” (Columbia), which sold 58,000 copies to land at No. 13; Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris’ duets album “All the Roadrunning” (Warner Bros.), 47,000 (No. 17); the Streets’ “Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living” (Vice), 13,000 (No. 68); and former Groove Theory singer Amiel Larrieux’s “Morning” (Bliss Life), 12,000, No. 74.
Last week’s “American Idol”-related winner was Andrea Bocelli, who coached the final six contestants and received a 50,000-unit boost for his latest Decca disc, “Amore.” Album shot up 15 slots to No. 10 on sales of 74,000.
Of the albums that dropped out of the top 10 to make way for the rookies, only one, Shakira’s “Oral Fixation Vol. 2” (Epic), sold more copies last week than in the week prior. Her English-language disc sold 57,000 copies, a 5,000-unit spike.
The soundtrack to “Akeelah and the Bee,” the Lionsgate pic heavily promoted by Starbucks, made its first appearance in the top 200 (No. 193), selling 5,000 copies to bring its cume to 13,000.