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Bruce Springsteen’s new “Working on a Dream” CD sold 224,000 copies in the U.S. last week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, ending the eight-week No. 1 run of Taylor Swift’s “Fearless.”
The Columbia set gives the Boss his ninth chart-topper. Springsteen is tied with the Rolling Stones for the fourth most No. 1 albums; only the Beatles (19), Elvis Presley (10) and Jay-Z (10) have more.
The first-week sales for “Dream” were off 33% compared to the opening frame of Springsteen’s previous studio set, 2007’s “Magic” (335,000), which also debuted No. 1. Springsteen and his E Street Band performed Sunday during the Super Bowl XLIII halftime show and will begin a world tour April 1 in San Jose, Calif.
Swift’s “Fearless” (Big Machine) falls to No. 2 with 55,000 units, an 11% decline from the previous week.
The multiartist compilation “Grammy Nominees 2009,” issued by Rhino Records, debuts at No. 6 with 33,000. The album contains songs from this year’s crop of nominees, including Coldplay, Adele, Lil Wayne featuring T-Pain and Radiohead.
Outside the top 10, Sony’s “Voices: WWE the Music Vol. 9,” which boasts theme songs and entrance music for the pro wrestling association’s stars, opens 11th with 25,000.
Katie Hasty is an online editor at Billboard. Billboard’s Keith Caulfield contributed to this report.
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