Bruce Springsteen And Bastille Send New Albums Into The Top 10 Behind Madonna's New No. 1

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Two superstars released albums on the same day a little over a week ago, and while both of them are used to going straight to No. 1 with new records, only one could come out on top. As it turns out, the race wasn’t that close this time around, and a clear winner was quickly established.

Pop icon Madonna bested rocker Bruce Springsteen for the throne on the Billboard 200, as her new title Madame X becomes her ninth leader on the all-encompassing tally. Springsteen comes in right behind her, though when it looking at the number of copies the two projects moved, it’s easy to see that he wasn’t going to make it to No. 1.

Springsteen’s latest collection of new tunes, Western Stars, opens in the runner-up slot thanks to 66,000 equivalent units, with all but 4,000 of those being pure sales. That’s a relatively small sum for the No. 2 album in the U.S., and it puts him almost exactly 30,000 copies behind Madonna’s first-week numbers.

Western Stars is Springsteen’s twentieth top 10 on the Billboard 200, and it almost ruled the ranking, despite the fact that neither of the two singles released from the project, “Hello Sunshine” and “Tucson Train,” have reached the Hot 100 or made a major impact on any genre-specific lists.

Billie Eilish’s major debut When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? slips just one position, settling at No. 3, while last week’s champion, the Jonas Brother’s Happiness Begins, tumbles to No. 4, despite a massive opening frame.

The third and final new title that breaks into the top 10 after its first full frame of availability is Bastille’s Doom Days, which lands at No. 5 with 41,000 equivalent units moved. The record is their second to enter the highest tier in the U.S., as their previous full-length Wild World made it to No. 4 a few years ago. None of the three singles from Doom Days hit the Hot 100, but the band did just score a huge success with their Marshmello collaboration “Happier,” which climbed all the way to No. 2 and which helped raise their profile in America once more.

The final five positions inside the top 10 are owned by the following beloved albums, most of which have already spent several turns close to the top: Khalid’s Free Spirit (No. 6), Polo G’s Die a Legend (No. 7), DaBaby’s Baby on Baby (No. 8), Lizzo’s Cuz I Love You (No. 9) and finally Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next (No. 10).

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Two superstars released albums on the same day a little over a week ago, and while both of them are used to going straight to No. 1 with new records, only one could come out on top. As it turns out, the race wasn’t that close this time around, and a clear winner was quickly established.

Pop icon Madonna bested rocker Bruce Springsteen for the throne on the Billboard 200, as her new title Madame X becomes her ninth leader on the all-encompassing tally. Springsteen comes in right behind her, though when it looking at the number of copies the two projects moved, it’s easy to see that he wasn’t going to make it to No. 1.

Springsteen’s latest collection of new tunes, Western Stars, opens in the runner-up slot thanks to 66,000 equivalent units, with all but 4,000 of those being pure sales. That’s a relatively small sum for the No. 2 album in the U.S., and it puts him almost exactly 30,000 copies behind Madonna’s first-week numbers.

Western Stars is Springsteen’s twentieth top 10 on the Billboard 200, and it almost ruled the ranking, despite the fact that neither of the two singles released from the project, “Hello Sunshine” and “Tucson Train,” have reached the Hot 100 or made a major impact on any genre-specific lists.

Billie Eilish’s major debut When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? slips just one position, settling at No. 3, while last week’s champion, the Jonas Brother’s Happiness Begins, tumbles to No. 4, despite a massive opening frame.

The third and final new title that breaks into the top 10 after its first full frame of availability is Bastille’s Doom Days, which lands at No. 5 with 41,000 equivalent units moved. The record is their second to enter the highest tier in the U.S., as their previous full-length Wild World made it to No. 4 a few years ago. None of the three singles from Doom Days hit the Hot 100, but the band did just score a huge success with their Marshmello collaboration “Happier,” which climbed all the way to No. 2 and which helped raise their profile in America once more.

The final five positions inside the top 10 are owned by the following beloved albums, most of which have already spent several turns close to the top: Khalid’s Free Spirit (No. 6), Polo G’s Die a Legend (No. 7), DaBaby’s Baby on Baby (No. 8), Lizzo’s Cuz I Love You (No. 9) and finally Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next (No. 10).

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