Bruce Springsteen Is Tops With High Hopes


51qdjT+U7PL._SL500_AA280_Bruce Springsteen lands at a familiar position, no.1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart.  High Hopes didn’t exactly deliver killer numbers, but the 99,000 copies it moved was enough to give The Boss another notch in his belt… err another no. 1 album.   Perhaps the more negative view of Springsteen’s latest number one is the likelihood of an unfavorable overall ceiling for the album.  Folks, where are 99,000 copies going? That’s rhetorical.

Other albums debut, albeit so-so.  Kidz Bop’s umpteenth album arrives at no. 3, behind the Frozen soundtrack.  The 76,000 copies are actually respectable, but certainly doesn’t paint an optimistic picture for albums sales as a whole.  Jennifer Nettles (of Sugarland) manages to sell 54,000 copies of her solo debut, That Girl.  The album arrives at no. 5.  Switchfoot proceeds at no. 6 with Fading West, selling a modest 39,000 copies.  Ick! Otherwise the top 10 looks familiar:  Beyoncé, Lorde, Eminem, Katy Perry, and Imagine Dragons.  January is in full swing.

51RMnhqasCL._SL500_AA280_Unsurprisingly, “Timber” continues to rock out on the Billboard Hot 100.  Hey, somebody’s gotta live it up in the dead of January, why not Pitbull and Ke$ha?  As for this coming week, look for the Grammy Nominees album and A Great Big World (Is There Anybody Out There?) to make some chart noise.  Just how loud that noise is… probably piano (aka soft).

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