Bruce Springsteen has scored his 11th career Number One album with High Hopes. The collection, which is "The Boss'" 18th studio set, was released on January 14th and sold 99,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Billboard reported that the album marks the first Springsteen studio set released in the SoundScan era to top the charts having sold less than 100,000 copies. Having previously tied with Elvis Presley -- who also had 10 LP chart-toppers -- for the third most Number One albums, Springsteen has now bumped "The King" to fourth place, and now sits behind Jay-Z, who has 13 Number One albums, and the Beatles who lead the way with 19 albums having hit the top spot.
Springsteen's new album sold 37,000 physical copies, selling particularly well with retailers such as Amazon, who carried the album with a DVD featuring a recent live full album performance of 1984's Born In The U.S.A.
High Hopes features some re-recorded, previously issued songs -- including the title track to 1995's The Ghost Of Tom Joad, Tim Scott McConnell "High Hopes" -- which the E Street Band first released in 1996, and Springsteen's take on Suicide's "Dream Baby Dream" -- a live 2005 version of which was released in 2008 for Record Store Day. Also included is a revamped version of "American Skin (41 Shots)," which was first released on 2001's Live In New York City.
Springsteen says that in this day and age, songs find their way out through a variety of projects: "Y'know, I have groups of material that I carry around sometimes and I'm always, when I have some free time, I'm like, 'I wonder what those guys are doing?' And I'll go over and I'll visit a group of songs. I got one I keep going back to that's 20 years old. 'Born In The U.S.A.' was thrown off Nebraska, y'know (laughs)? So, y'know, that's kind of, gives you an idea, sort of that (of) the parameters that songs can make it or not make it at any given moment, y'know?" ;">
IN OTHER SPRINGSTEEN NEWS
Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scailfa's youngest child, 20-year-old, Sam Springsteen was among the 42 firefighters that graduated from the Monmouth County Fire Academy and is now a full member of the Colts Neck, New Jersey fire department. Monmouth County Fire Marshal Henry Stryker III told The Asbury Park Press: "This is not an easy course.
There's a lot of physical stuff and a lot of hard work. He's very smart, he enjoyed what he was doing."
The paper reported: "The Firefighter I course entails 188 hours of instruction on rescue, fire extinguishment, hazardous materials response, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, electrical safety, and the care of hoses, ladders and other equipment."
The Springsteen's have three children: Evan, 23; Jessica, 22; and Sam.
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