Of course, album sales have been declining industry-wide for years. And it's natural for sales of veteran artists to taper off over time. But this drop-off was sudden: "High Hopes" sold a little more than half as many copies in its first week as Springsteen's last studio album, "Wrecking Ball," which opened with sales of 196K in March 2012.
"High Hopes" also enters the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart at #1. It's Springsteen's 10th #1 in the U.K. It's his ninth album to reach #1 in both the U.S. and the U.K. Only the Beatles have had more transatlantic #1 albums (10).
"High Hopes" was the title of a 1959 hit by fellow music legend and New Jersey native Frank Sinatra. The song won an Oscar for Original Song.
"Frozen" sold 50K digital copies this week, which puts it at #1 on Top Digital Albums for the third week. "Frozen" has sold 411K digital copies, which is the third highest tally for a soundtrack in digital history. It trails only "Pitch Perfect" (743K) and "Twilight" (739K).
Kidz Bop Kids' "Kidz Bop 25" debuts at #3. This is the 18th volume in this series to reach the top 10. Only one franchise in music history has spawned more top 10 albums. That’s the "Now" franchise, which has sent 53 volumes into the top 10. The first "Kidz Bop" installment to reach the top 10 was "Kidz Bop 7" in February 2005. All but one installment since then has made the top 10 (though none have reached #1.)
Here's a recap of this week's top 10 albums.
The Top Five: Bruce Springsteen's "High Hopes" debuts at #1 (99K). It's his 18th top 10 album…The "Frozen" soundtrack dips to #2 in its eighth week (87K). This is its sixth week in the top 10… Kidz Bop Kids' "Kidz Bop 25" debuts at #3 (65K). It's the 18th album in the franchise to reach the top 10… Beyonce's "Beyonce" drops from #2 to #4 in its sixth week (61K). It has been in the top five the entire time…Jennifer Nettles' "That Girl" debuts at #5 (54K). It's her first top 10 album as a solo artist.
The Second Five: Switchfoot's "Fading West" debuts at #6 (39K). It's the band's third top 10 album…Lorde's "Pure Heroine" drops from #5 to #7 in its 16th week (31K). This is its 11th week in the top 10… Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" drops from #4 to #8 in its 11th week (29K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time… Katy Perry's "PRISM" drops from #7 to #9 in its 13th week (22K). This is its 12th week in the top 10… Imagine Dragons' "Night Visions" dips from #9 to #10 in its 72nd week (20K). This is its 23rdweek in the top 10
Four albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Kid Ink's "My Own Lane" drops from #3 to #21. One Direction's "Midnight Memories" drops from #6 to #13. Miley Cyrus' "Bangerz" drops from #8 to #15. R. Kelly's "Black Panties" drops from #10 to #17.
Jon Pardi's debut album, "Write You A Song," debuts at #14. It enters Top Country Albums at #3. "Up All Night" climbed to #64 on last week's Hot 100…Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings' fifth studio album,"Give The People What They Want," debuts at #22. (The Kinks took an album with that same title to #15 in 1981.) Elevation Worship's third (and highest-charting) album, "Only King Forever," debuts at #23. Elevation Worship is a worship band from Charlotte, N.C.
Lucinda Williams' 1988 album "Lucinda Williams" finally enters the chart at #39. It's #1 on Top Catalog Albums for the first time.
Eric Clapton's "Crossroads Guitar Festival" logs its fifth week at #1 on Top Music Videos.
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