Bruce Springsteen Shows Kid Rock Who’s Boss, Regains Control Of Billboard 200

Jimmy Eat World, Santana crack chart's top 10 during sluggish sales week.

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 FlattsStill 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.