Last week, Kid Rock usurped Bruce Springsteen as the nation's best-selling recording artist. The Kid outsold Springsteen by nearly 40,000 copies to take control of the Billboard throne, thus relegating the pride of the Garden State to second-best status. But Springsteen has bounced back to remind everyone why they call him "The Boss."
It isn't by a big margin — approximately 250 records — but Springsteen will reclaim the album chart's coveted top spot next week, returning Magic, his 15th studio LP and first with the E Street Band since 2002's The Rising, to #1 for the second time in three weeks (it certainly doesn't hurt that the Boss and his band are on tour). Overall, it was a relatively anemic week for album sales, what with Springsteen's latest selling just under 77,300 units. Not since Daughtry's self-titled debut topped the chart back in January, with 65,400 scans, has an album sold so few and finished at #1.
According to the latest SoundScan totals, Kid Rock's Rock N Roll Jesus will take second place on next week's chart, having sold 77,000 copies during its second week of commercial release. The album suffered a 55-percent sales dip, compared to the sales it had generated the previous week. Following Rock at #3 is Rascal Flatts' Still Feels Good, with 70,500 sold, while Josh Groban's Noël climbs six spots to #4, thanks to 63,800 scans.
Only two new releases will sneak into next week's top 10, the first being Jimmy Eat World's Chase This Light, which bows at #5 with 62,300 copies sold. The other is Santana's Ultimate Santana, which opens at #8 with reported sales of 56,500. The rest of the top 10 is full of familiar faces: Reba McEntire's Reba: Duets at #6 (59,000 copies sold); the "High School Musical 2" soundtrack at #7 (57,200); Kanye West's Graduation at #9 (53,600); and at #10, Colbie Caillat's Coco (49,600).
All told, there are 13 newcomers to next week's albums chart. After Jimmy Eat World and Santana, the highest-charting among them is R&B artist Angie Stone, whose The Art of Love and War generated sales of more than 44,600, entering the Billboard 200 at #11. Further down the chart, opening at #24 with 27,800 units snatched up, is the latest from Thrice, The Alchemy Index Vols. I and II, the first installments in the band's conceptual four-disc EP project. Coming in at #39 is self-proclaimed "Big Dog" Toby Keith and his A Classic Christmas LP; the disc sold 18,100 copies during its first week in stores.
R.E.M.'s R.E.M. Live follows at #72 with week-one sales of 11,500, while Michael W. Smith's It's a Wonderful Christmas bows at #78, with 10,600 scans. Gov't Mule's Mighty High enters the chart at #106 with 6,900 copies sold, while Kenna's Make Sure They See My Face debuts at #124, with sales of 5,800. Underworld return to the chart at #169, selling nearly 4,300 copies of its latest, Oblivion With Bells, immediately followed at #170 by Tiësto's In Search of Sunrise 6: Ibiza, which sold 4,200 units. Jimi Hendrix's Live at Monterey takes the #171 spot, with 4,190 scans, and the late Luther Vandross' four-disc box set, Love Luther, opens at #191, selling 4,000 copies.