'Magic' man nabs eighth No. 1 album
Bruce Springsteen landed his eighth No. 1 album as “Magic” (Columbia) sold 335,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.Disc is the third consecutive release of original material from the Boss to debut atop the sales chart. Springsteen and the E Street Band began a tour Oct. 2, the day the album was released on CD and digitally. It was released on vinyl a week earlier, an uncommon move for a major-label artist but one that made the album and its songs potentially eligible for this year’s Grammy Awards. There were nine other debuts in the top 20 for the week ended Sunday, with most driven by hit singles. Matchbox Twenty sold 131,000 copies of its “Exile on Mainstream” (Atlantic) to take third place. Compilation disc contains a half-dozen new tracks, including “How Far We’ve Come,” an AC radio hit. The country’s No. 1 single “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” fueled a No. 4 opening for Soulja Boy’s “souljaboytellem.com” (ColliPark Music/Interscope), which sold 117,000 copies. R&B singer J. Holiday used his “Bed” to help generate 105,000 sales of “Back of My Lac” (Capitol). It came in at No. 5. Annie Lennox’s first album in four years, “Songs of Mass Destruction” (Arista), sold 78,000 copies, about half as many as her last disc, “Bare,” moved in its first week. Album is at No. 9. Trey Songz’s second album, “Trey Day” (Song Book/Atlantic), opened at No. 11, selling 73,000. Faith Hill’s “The Hits” (Warner Bros.) and Brooks & Dunn’s “Cowboy Town” (Arista Nashville) were separated by just a few hundred copies at Nos. 12 and 13. They sold 69,000 copies each. John Fogerty, who resigned with Fantasy, the label that issued his Creedence Clearwater Revival albums, saw 65,000 copies of “Revival” sell to put him at No. 14. Fogerty’s U.S. tour begins Nov. 2. Among other debuts were Dashboard Confessional’s “The Shade of Poison Trees” (Vagrant), which sold 48,000 (No. 18), and Cross Canadian Ragweed’s “Mission California” (Universal South), which moved 23,000 (No. 30). The single-disc Bob Dylan collection “Dylan” (Columbia) sold 20,000 to open at No. 36. The three-CD collection also titled “Dylan” sold 9,000 to debut at No. 93. Last week’s chart-topper proved that a big seller in country music can have as big a week-two fall percentagewise as a rap act. Rascal Flatts’ “Still Feels Good” saw a 69% drop, selling 168,000 copies but slipping only one slot.
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