Bruce Springsteen's new album, High Hopes, will debut at number-one on next week's Billboard album chart after selling 99,000 copies in its first week of release.
This is Bruce's 11th number-one album, which puts him ahead of Elvis Presley and into third place, behind The Beatles with 19 and Jay Z with 13. On the downside, it's his first number-one to debut with sales of fewer than 100,000 in the SoundScan era (since 1991). It sold 74,000 physical copies and 26,000 downloads. His biggest was The Rising in 2002 with sales of 525,000.
In the liner notes to High Hopes, Springsteen says Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, who appears on eight songs, "became my muse, pushing the rest of this project to another level.” Earlier this month during our exclusive interview with the Boss, we asked him where that trust in working with someone else comes from. He told us, "I'm interested in any good suggestions from anybody... Tom kind of came in from the outside but had his own slant on what he valued and what we did. It was just very casual."
Springsteen is now headed to South Africa for his first-ever tour there, starting on Sunday in Cape Town.