Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Bruce Springsteen scores 11th US No. 1 with High Hopes

Bruce Springsteen has scored his 11th No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 with his new album, “High Hopes.”

Billboard reports the project earned top spot with opening week sales of 99,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

With the No. 1 debut, Springsteen pulls ahead of Elvis Presley to stand alone as the act with the third-most No. 1s in the history of the Billboard chart; ahead of both acts on the all-time list are the Beatles (with 19 No. 1s) and Jay Z (with 13).

Springsteen's first No. 1 album was "The River", released in 1980. He has since followed it up with chart-toppers through the '80s, '90s, '00s and '10s. Having already claimed a No. 1 in the 2010s (2012's "Wrecking Ball"), Springsteen remains the only act to have achieved No. 1 albums in each of the last four decades.

“High Hopes” debuted atop the UK charts earlier this week – read about it here.

Springsteen begins his world tour in support of the album on January 26 in Cape Town, the first of four shows in South Africa; a month-long tour of Australia and New Zealand starts in Perth on February 5.

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