Another Springsteen rising
'Magic' edges Rock to retake No. 1In a slow week for album sales, Bruce Springsteen's "Magic" returned to the summit of the Billboard 200 despite a 42% sales decline. The Columbia set moved 77,000 copies in the U.S. for the week ending Oct. 21, according to Nielsen SoundScan, climbing from No. 2. The album bowed at No. 1 three weeks ago with 335,000 units sold.
Only a couple hundred sales short of the Boss' total, Kid Rock's Top Dog/Atlantic set, "Rock N Roll Jesus," fell to No. 2 with a 55% sales slip to 77,000. Rascal Flatts' "Still Feels Good" (Lyric Street) kept the No. 3 spot warm for a second week with 70,000. Even with a flat sales week at 64,000, Josh Groban's holiday album "Noel" zoomed up six places to No. 4.
Jimmy Eat World is in the middle of the top tier as "Chase This Light" debuted at No. 5, tying the group's previous best debut, 2004's "Futures." But the Interscope album moved 62,000, far short of the 99,000-copy entry of "Futures."
Reba McEntire's "Reba Duets" (MCA) scooted up a slot to No. 6 with 59,000, while Disney's "High School Musical 2" soundtrack climbs two rungs to No. 7 with 57,000.
Santana earned another top 10 album as "Ultimate Santana" (Arista) arrived at No. 8 with 56,000. The compilation includes the new track "Into the Night," featuring Nickelback's Chad Kroeger.
Kanye West's "Graduation" (Def Jam) descended three rungs to No. 9 with 54,000, and Colbie Caillat rounded out the top tier with "Coco" (Universal), which rebounded six spots to No. 10 on 50,000, fueled by the rising single "Bubbly."
Only a handful of other albums debuted in the top 50 this week. Angie Stone's "The Art of Love & War," released through the newly relaunched Stax label, entered at No. 11 with 45,000. Her previous album, "Stone Love," bowed at No. 14 in 2004 with 53,000. Rock act Thrice's "The Alchemy Index: Vols. I & II" (Vagrant) arrived at No. 24 with 28,000, while Toby Keith's "Classic Christmas" (Show Dog) brought Christmas cheer to the No. 39 spot with 18,000.
Album sales were down 4.9% from last week at 7.93 million units and 19.6% from the same week in 2006 (9.86 million units).
Katie Hasty is an online editor at Billboard.com.