They don’t call Bruce Springsteen “the Boss” for nothing.
With Magic, Springsteen’s 15th studio album and his first with the E Street Band since 2002’s The Rising, the pride of the Garden State freewheeled his way to Billboard’s peak, easily notching the eighth #1 opener of his 34-year career.
The Boss faced virtually no competition in his quest for #1, selling more than 335,000 copies of his latest during the record’s first week in stores, according to the latest SoundScan totals. The closest threat to the Boss’ chart domination, the parents of last week’s #1 LP, country trio Rascal Flatts, finished at #2 on next week’s albums sales chart, having generated sales of 167,900 (on the nose) for Still Feels Good. Following the Flatts at #3 is another new entry, Matchbox Twenty’s retrospective offering, Exile on Mainstream, which sold nearly 130,900 units.
He’s got the #1 single in the nation, but 16-year-old rapper Soulja Boy’s debut album, Souljaboytellem.com, will have to settle for #4 on next week’s top 200, thanks to sales of more than 117,000. That was one of 28 new releases to debut on the chart, and one of five to enter in the top five. R&B artist J. Holiday’s Back of My Lac’ was another, opening at #5 with 105,000 scans. Annie Lennox’s Songs of Mass Destruction is also new to this most recent chart, coming in at #9 with 78,300 copies sold.
Dropping four places to #6 this week is Keyshia Cole’s Just Like You, which scanned another 93,900 copies, cutting just in front of Kanye West’s Graduation, which slides two spots to #7 with 92,400 sold. Reba McEntire’s Reba: Duets takes the #8 slot, with sales reported at 79,600. Rounding out the top 10, with 76,600 copies sold for the week, is the soundtrack to “”High School Musical 2.” Surprisingly, 50 Cent’s Curtis has been bumped from the top 10 after just three weeks: The album sits in the #17 position, with sales of just under 50,600.
Elsewhere on the chart, R&B artist Trey Songz’ latest, Trey Day, just missed the top 10, debuting at #11 with 72,800 scans. Faith Hills’ Hits bows at #12, selling 69,300 copies, while Brooks & Dunn’s Cowboy Town claims the #13 spot, with 68,900 sold. Rocker John Fogerty’s Revival follows at #14, with 64,900 scans, while Dashboard Confessional’s The Shade of Poison Trees debuts at #18, with sales of close to 47,600. Alternative country band Cross Canadian Ragweed’s Mission California opens at #30, selling 22,600 units.
Rappers Boyz N Da Hood return to the chart with their latest, Back Up N Da Chevy, which bows at #51 with 15,700 sold, while Los Temerarios’ Recuerdos Del Alma follows at #59, selling 14,000 units. Wow Hits 2008, a compilation featuring the likes of Chris Tomlin, Third Day, Casting Crowns and more, debuts at #60, scanning 13,800 copies, while P.J. Harvey’s White Chalk enters at #65, with 13,300 sold. Cult’s latest, Born Into This, trails at #70, with 12,600 copies leaving the nation’s record retailers, while The Very Best of Mick Jagger opens at #77, with sales of 11,900. Emery’s I’m Only a Man follows Mick at #78, with 11,600 scans, and Nightwish’s Dark Passion Play opens at #84, with 10,800 sold.
The soundtrack to “Why Did I Get Married?,” featuring contributions from Keith Sweat, Babyface, Musiq and Beyoncé, sold nearly 10,600 units, landing the set at #86. The Best of Chicago: 40th Anniversary Edition enters the chart at #100, thanks to 7,800-plus scans, and popping up at #143 with 5,500 sold, is Spill Canvas’ No Really, I’m Fine. Foxx’s Street Gossip follows at #144 with 5,400 copies grabbed up, while Los Creadorez del Pasito Duranguense’s Las Favoritas de … Corridos, Rancheras y Más debuts at #156, selling 5,100 copies.
Reggaetòn specialist Tito El Bambino’s It’s My Time enters the chart at #167, with more than 4,800 scans, while Gloria Trevi’s Una Rosa Blu opens at #169, with just under 4,800 copies sold. Lastly, with 4,000 scans, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings’ 100 Days 100 Nights just makes the top 200 cut, coming in at #194.