Bruce Springsteen ‘Dreams’ his way to No. 1

02.04.09 9 years ago

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The Boss is back. Bruce Springsteen knocks Taylor Swift’s “Fearless” out of the top spot on the Billboard 200 with his new album, “Working on a Dream.”
The set sold 224,000 in its opening week, which is 111,000 less than his opening frame in 2007 when his previous CD, ” Magic,” opened in the poll position, according to Billboard. Despite the diminished sales, the title still sold more than four times its closer competitor, “Fearless,” which sold 55,000.
“Working on Dream” is Springsteen’s ninth No. 1 album. This feat ties him with the Rolling Stones for the third most No. 1 albums, but far out of reach of the Beatles, who had 19 No. 1 albums.
Springsteen’s new album has gotten mixed reviews: Rolling Stone awarded it five stars, while the Los Angeles Times gave it only 2.5 stars.
Will Springsteen’s Super Bowl bump be enough to keep him at No. 1 for more than one week? Not likely. He faces a strong contender from the Fray, whose second album came out Tuesday and is propelled by building hit “You Found Me.” Also likely to come in Top 10 is country singer Dierks Bentley’s “Feel That Fire.”
Additionally, after such mass exposure to a broad audience, such as the one that watched the Super Bowl, artists tend to see a boost in a greatest hits package rather than a new album-and given that Springsteen did three classics and only a portion of the title track to “Working on a Dream,” we’d expect hi s results to be the same. Maybe that Wal-Mart exclusive that he just apologized for will see a leap.
In addition to Springsteen, there were two other entries in the top 10, which has been fairly static since the holidays: “Grammy Nominees 2009,” which is multi-artist collection of nominated songs up for awards this Sunday, comes in at No. 6, while Franz Ferdinand’s “Tonight: Franz Ferdinand” comes in at No. 9.

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