SoundScanner: Bruce Springsteen Is Still The Boss

by (@grahamorama)

Bruce Springsteen High Hopes

Bruce Springsteen is the Boss of the SoundScan charts this week, although his grip may be loosening. Still, his High Hopes are enough to dash the chart reign of Disney’s Frozen soundtrack, which lands in the week’s runner up position. Here’s the rest of this week’s chart happenings in our weekly SoundScanner feature:


Springsteen on top: Bruce Springsteen scores the week’s No. 1 album with High Hopes, his odds and ends collection of songs he had hanging around his headspace. The album sold a few hairs short of 100,000 units its first week, marking the first time in the SoundScan era a Springsteen studio album has fallen short of that mark; his last album, 2011′s Wrecking Ball, opened with 196,000, while 2009′s Working on a Dream started with 224,000 sales. High Hopes nudges the soundtrack to Disney’s Frozen from its No. 1 perch; it falls to No. 2 with 87,000 sales, bringing its eight week total to 676,000 units.

Nettles, Switchfoot score Top 10 debuts: Springsteen’s High Hopes is one of four debuts to hit the Top 10 this week. The week’s next highest new charter is the latest Kidz Bop collection – No. 25 if you’re counting – which opens at No. 3 with 66,000 sales. This time around, the Kidz are tackling songs by Katy Perry, Lorde, Avicii and more. (Guess we still have to wait for that Kidz Bop tribute to Yeezus.) Sugarland‘s Jennifer Nettles lands at No. 5 with her solo debut That Girl, which sold 54,000 copies its opening frame (by comparison, Sugarland’s last set, 2010′s The Incredible Machine, sold 203,000 copies its first week), while San Diego rockers Switchfoot debut in the No. 6 spot with their latest, Fading West, which surfs in with 39,000 first week sales.