Springsteen a lock for another No. 1


Bruce Springsteen is a lock to add another No. 1 album to his resume, according to Nielsen SoundScan's Friday Building Chart, released Oct. 5. Unweighted sales through close of business Thursday saw "Magic" leading the next best selling album by almost a 2-to-1 margin.

Rascal Flatts' "Still Feels Good" was runner-up on the Friday mid-term report, while matchbox twenty's "Exile on Mainstream" was the second-best seller among albums released Oct. 2. New albums by Soulja Boy, J. Holiday, Trey Songz, Faith Hill and Brooks & Dunn each have a shot at top 10 chart starts, according to the Friday chart.

Springsteen's "Magic" had piled up 165,000 copies on the Oct. 5 chart, up from 89,000 on the Wednesday Building Chart. Springsteen's total on the Friday report beats the 155,000 that Reba McEntire had posted two weeks earlier on the Friday Building Chart on her way a final chart-leading total of 301,000.

This would mark Springsteen's third No. 1 on The Billboard 200 among his last four studio albums. "The Rising" and "Devils & Dust" each bowed at No. 1 in 2003 and 2005, respectively, while last year's "We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions" peaked at No. 3.

Nielsen SounddScan's Building Charts post sales through Tuesday and through Thursday from Trans World Entertainment, Best Buy, iTunes, Circuit City and Borders, and from mass merchants Target, Anderson Merchandisers and Handleman Co., the last two being the wholesalers that place music in Wal-Mart stores. Billboard estimates the Building panel accounts of 79% of U.S. music sales.