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Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Wrecking Ball’ Debuts At No. 1

Bruce Springsteen
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Well, it’s official. Bruce Springsteen is still the Boss. Despite reports two days ago that first-week sales of his new album ‘Wrecking Ball‘ might not be good enough to knock Adele’s ’21′ out of the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200, the magazine now says that Springsteen barely beat Adele to earn himself the best-selling album in America.

According to Nielsen SoundScan, ‘Wrecking Ball’ sold 196,000 copies in its first week of release, only 1,000 more than ’21.’ This marks Springsteen’s 10th time atop the chart, the first being 1980′s ‘The River.’ The New Jersey native is now tied with Elvis Presley for the third-most No. 1s in the history of the Billboard 200. In addition, Springsteen’s last five albums of original material (‘The Rising,’ ‘Devils and Dust,’ ‘Magic,’ ‘Working on a Dream” and now ‘Wrecking Ball’) have all debuted at No. 1.

Adele had been hoping to reach No. 1 for the 24th non-consecutive week, which would be the first time any album had done that since the soundtrack to ‘Purple Rain’ by Prince and the Revolution did so in 1984-5.

Coincidentally, the album that knocked ‘Purple Rain’ out of the top spot was Springsteen’s ‘Born in the U.S.A.,’ which was possible payback for Prince’s ‘When Doves Cry’ keeping ‘Dancing in the Dark’ from becoming Springsteen’s only No. 1 single.

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