Springsteen 'Magic' is boss of album chart


NEW YORK -- Bruce Springsteen scores his eighth No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 with "Magic" (Columbia), which moved 335,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's his best sales sum since "The Rising" started with 525,000 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) falls to No. 2 with 168,000, a 69% sales dip. matchbox twenty matches 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 "How Far We've Come," which sits at No. 5 this week on the Hot AC/Adult Top 40 chart.

Due to the blazing popularity of the No. 1 single "Crank That (Soulja Boy)," 17-year-old Soulja Boy's artist debut, "souljaboytellem.com" (ColliPark Music/Interscope), debuts at No. 4 with 117,000. "Crank That" has spent four non-consecutive weeks atop the Hot 100 so far.

Sultry R&B singer J. Holiday can also 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 starts at No. 5 with 105,000.

Keyshia Cole's sophomore set, "Just Like You" (Imani/Geffen), falls 2-6 with 94,000 (-67%), while Kanye West's Def Jam album "Graduation" descends 5-7 with 92,000 (-31%). At 80,000, Reba McEntire's MCA Nashville set "Reba Duets" slips 6-8, a 39% decline.

Annie Lennox arrives 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" rounds out the top tier, falling 7-10 with 77,000 (-10%).

There are a host of other debuts in the top 20 this week. Trey Songz' Song Book/Atlantic album "Trey Day," the follow-up to his 2005 debut set "I Gotta Make It," starts at No. 11 with 73,000.

Faith Hill's "The Hits" (Warner Bros.) opens at No. 12 with 69,000, Brooks & Dunn's "Cowboy Town" (Arista Nashville) debuts at No. 13 with 300 copies less than Hill and John Fogerty's first Fantasy album, "Revival," starts at No. 14 with 65,000.

Dashboard Confessional's "The Shade of Poison Trees" (Vagrant) arrives at No. 18 with 48,000. Further down, Cross Canadian Ragweed enjoys its best charting set to date with "Mission California" (Universal South) at No. 30 with 23,000. The three-disc Bob Dylan collection "Dylan" (Columbia) debuts at No. 36 with 20,000.

Albums sales this week are down 1.7% compared to last week at 8.9 million units, and are down 14.8% compared to the same week last year.