Boss pulls No. 1 out of hat 'Magic' leads 10 debuts in top 20

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Bruce Springsteen has his eighth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with "Magic" (Columbia), which moved 335,000 copies in the U.S. for the week ending Oct. 7, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's his best sales sum since "The Rising" started with 525,000 to bow at No. 1 five years ago.

Springsteen's other chart-toppers include "The River," "Born in the U.S.A.," "Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band 1975-1985," "Tunnel of Love," "Greatest Hits" and "Devils & Dust."

After bowing on top last week, Rascal Flatts' "Still Feels Good" (Lyric Street) fell to No. 2 with 168,000. Matchbox Twenty matched its high-water mark on the chart with the No. 3 entry of the Atlantic compilation "Exile on Mainstream," selling 131,000. The album contains six new tracks, including the single "How Far We've Come."

Fueled by the No. 1 single "Crank That (Soulja Boy)," 17-year-old Soulja Boy's debut, "souljaboytellem.com" (ColliPark Music/Interscope), debuted at No. 4 with 117,000. "Crank That" has spent four nonconsecutive weeks atop the Hot 100 so far.

Sultry R&B singer J. Holiday also can attribute a big chart week to a hit single, "Bed," which fueled sales of his debut "Back of My 'Lac." The Music Line/Capitol album started at No. 5 with 105,000.

Keyshia Cole's sophomore set "Just Like You" (Imani/Geffen) fell four slots to No. 6 with 94,000, while Kanye West's Def Jam album "Graduation" descended two rungs to No. 7 with 92,000. Reba McEntire's MCA Nashville set "Reba Duets" slipped two notches to No. 8 on 80,000 scanned.

Annie Lennox arrived at No. 9 with "Songs of Mass Destruction," her first album in four years. Moving 78,000, the Arista record falls short of the No. 4 start of 2003's "Bare," which sold 153,000 in its first week. The soundtrack to Disney's "High School Musical 2" rounded out the top tier, falling three spots to No. 10 with 77,000.

Several other discs debuted in the top 20 this week: Trey Songz's "Trey Day" (No. 11, 73,000, Song Book/Atlantic), Faith Hill's "The Hits" (No. 12, 69,000, Warner Bros.), Brooks & Dunn's "Cowboy Town" (No. 13, 69,000, Arista Nashville), John Fogerty's "Revival" (No. 14, 65,000, Fantasy) and Dashboard Confessional's "The Shade of Poison Trees" (No. 18, 48,000, Vagrant). The three-disc Bob Dylan collection "Dylan" (Columbia) bowed at No. 36 with 20,000.

Album sales this week were down 1.7% compared with last week at 8.9 million units and down 14.8% compared with the same week last year.
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