The New Jersey rocker's Columbia album shifted 99,000 copies in its debut frame, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending Jan. 19. Springsteen's mix of originals and covers, many recorded with Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, became the Boss' 11th chart-topping release -- his first, "The River," was issued in 1980.
Springsteen's title displaced Disney's soundtrack for the animated hit "Frozen," which had locked up No. 1 for two weeks. The album dipped to No. 2 with 87,000 sold (up 2%). Its predecessor at No. 1, Beyonce's self-titled Columbia set, dropped two positions to No. 4, shifting 61,000 (down 22%). It had held the top slot for three consecutive weeks in December and January.
Three other new releases secured top-10 real estate. The 25th installment of Razor & Tie's durable "Kidz Bop" series arrived at No. 3 with 76,000 sold. The latest package offers tot-friendly renditions of hits by Katy Perry, Lorde, Avicii, Miley Cyrus and others.
Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles made her solo mark, as the country singer's debut "That Girl" (Universal Nashville) bowed at No. 5 with a 54,000-unit stanza. Nettles and Sugarland partner Kristian Bush most recently reached No. 1 in 2010 with "The Incredible Machine."
Switchfoot, the Christian-leaning San Diego rock unit, reached No. 6 with its ninth studio album "Fading West" (Atlantic), moving 39,000. It's the group's highest chart posting since 2005, when "Nothing is Sound" reached No. 3.
The week's top-10 holdovers include Lorde's "Pure Heroine" (No. 7, 31,000 sold, down 7%), Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" (No. 8, 29,000, off 19%), Katy Perry's "Prism" (No. 9, 22,000, down 2%) and Imagine Dragons' "Night Vision" (No. 10, 20,000, up 17%).
The "2014 Grammy Nominees" release should take center stage on next week's chart in the run-up to Sunday's awards ceremony at Staples Center.
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