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.
‘Dark Horse’ gallops to No. 1: Katy Perry and Juicy J’s “Dark Horse” spends a second straight week at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart with 261,000 downloads, up 7 percent from last week’s tally of 243,000. The song debuted 18 weeks ago with 194,000 copies sold, but didn’t really catch steam until last month. “Dark Horse” has sold 2.02 million digital files to date. “Dark Horse” outpaces A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera’s “Say Something” (No. 2, 208,000), Pitbull and Ke$ha’s “Timber” (No. 3, 202,000) and Aloe Blacc’s “The Man,” which rises to No. 4 with 165,000 sales in its best sales frame to date.
Bastille rising: Just outside the Top 10, English rockers Bastille are storming the charts with their 2013 debut Bad Blood. The album rises to No. 12 this week on a 74 percent sales spike, up from No. 21 last week and No. 31 two weeks ago. The album seems bound for next week’s Top 10, while the single “Pompeii” is No. 10 on this week’s Digital Songs chart, adding another 129,000 downloads to its till, for a total of 1.176 million sales. Bad Blood has sold 202,000 copies to date.
Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ song: Super-producer Pharrell Williams has plenty to be happy about these days, including sales of his Despicable 2 song “Happy.” The song climbs to No. 11 on this week’s Digital Songs chart, rising from No. 26 (and No. 73 two weeks ago) on an 81 percent sales boost. “Happy” – which was recently nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song – sold 120,000 downloads this week, bringing its eight week total to 331,000. With the success of “Blurred Lines” and “Get Lucky,” Williams had a banner year in 2013, and he’s carrying that good fortune with him over to 2014.