Springsteen has "Dream" debut atop U.S. chart

Wed Feb 4, 2009 8:40pm EST
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By Katie Hasty

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Bruce Springsteen ended Taylor Swift's eight-year reign on the U.S. pop chart on Wednesday, although his first-week sales were down sharply from those for his previous release.

"Working on a Dream" (Columbia) sold 224,000 copies during the week ended February 1, according to Nielsen SoundScan, giving the Boss his ninth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200.

Springsteen is now tied with the Rolling Stones for the fourth most No. 1 albums. Only the Beatles (with 19), Elvis Presley (10) and Jay-Z (also 10) have more.

The first-week sales for "Dream" were off 33% compared to the opening frame of his last studio set, 2007's "Magic" (335,000), which also debuted at No. 1. Springsteen and his E Street Band performed Sunday during the Super Bowl halftime show and will begin a world tour April 1 in San Jose, Calif.

The next four albums were each down one place: Swift's "Fearless" at No. 2, Beyonce's "I Am ... Sasha Fierce" at No. 3, Nickelback's "Dark Horse" at No. 4, and Kanye West's "808s & Heartbreak" at No. 5.

The multi-artist compilation "Grammy Nominees 2009" debuted at No. 6. The album contains songs from the nominees vying for awards on Sunday, including Coldplay, Adele, Lil Wayne featuring T-Pain and Radiohead.

Jamie Foxx's "Intuition" rose one to No. 7, and Keyshia Cole's "A Different Me" fell two to No. 8. Scottish rock band Franz Ferdinand debuted at No. 9 with its third album, "Tonight: Franz Ferdinand." Britney Spears' "Circus" fell three places to No. 10.

Other debuts included "Voices: WWE the Music Vol. 9" at No. 11; country singer Pat Green's "What I'm For" at No. 18; Hoobastank's "FOR(N)EVER" at No. 26; and "WOW Gospel 2009: 30 of the Year" at No. 27.

At 6.50 million units, sales were off by 14% compared to the same week in 2008.