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Bruce ‘The Boss’ Springsteen is living up to his nickname by returning to the top of the Billboard 200. Springsteen is not a newcomer when comes to the success of rocking the Billboard charts. His newest album “High Hopes”, marks a historic 11th no.1 debut on the Billboard 200 in the US, which is also the third-most no.1 albums by an artist or group in the chart’s history. ‘The Boss’ sits behind Jay-Z who has 13 albums and The Beatles with 19.

Speaking to Rollingstone.com, Springsteen explained his thought process for “High Hopes”:

“I go in my studio where I’m surrounded by, hopefully, interesting things that I think that our fans might be [interested in] hearing, and I then proceed to work on them and see if I can bring something to fruition. Which is, for me, where I say, “Okay, this is something that’s focused enough and at a quality level where I think it won’t waste my fans’ time and they will enjoy hearing it.” That’s kind of the way that I work, so it sort of explains this group of music a little bit in the sense that it’s music that I’ve been working on over the past decade. Some of it was unfinished, so there was a lot of new recording on it.”

Bruce Springsteen will be on tour in South Africa which begins on January 26 in Cape Town.

The album marks the Boss' 18th studio album and first since 2012's "Wrecking Ball."

The album marks the Boss’ 18th studio album and first since 2012’s “Wrecking Ball.”

 

Quick look at the Billboard 200 top 10 for the week

  1. “High Hopes” – Bruce Springsteen (99,000)
  2. “Frozen (2013)” Soundtrack – Various Artists (87,000)
  3. The “Kidz Bop 25” Album – Various Artists (65,000)
  4. “Beyonce” – Beyonce Knowles (61,000)
  5. “That Girl” – Jennifer Nettles (54,000)
  6. “Fading West” – Switchfoot (39,000)
  7. “Pure Heroine” – Lorde (31,000)
  8. “MMLP2” – Eminem (29,000)
  9. “Prism” – Katy Perry (222,000)
  10. “Night Visions” – Imagine Dragons (20,000)

 

Bruce Springsteen’s tour dates and locations over the next three months:

26 Jan, 2014 – Cape Town, South Africa – Bellville Velodrome
28 Jan, 2014 – Cape Town, South Africa – Bellville Velodrome
29 Jan, 2014 – Cape Town, South Africa – Bellville Velodrome
1 Feb, 2014 – Johannesburg, South Africa – FNB Stadium
5 Feb, 2014 – Perth, Australia – Perth Arena
7 Feb, 2014 – Perth, Australia – Perth Arena
8 Feb, 2014 – Perth, Australia – Perth Arena
11 Feb, 2014 – Adelaide, Australia – Entertainment Centre
12 Feb, 2014 – Adelaide, Australia – Entertainment Centre
15 Feb, 2014 – Melbourne, Australia – AAMI Park
16 Feb, 2014 – Melbourne, Australia – AAMI Park
19 Feb, 2014 – Sydney, Australia – Allphones Arena
22 Feb, 2014 – Hunter Valley, Australia – Hope Estate
23 Feb, 2014 – Hunter Valley, Australia – Hope Estate
26 Feb, 2014 – Brisbane, Australia – Entertainment Centre
1 Mar, 2014 – Auckland, New Zealand – Mt. Smart Stadium
2 Mar, 2014 – Auckland, New Zealand – Mt. Smart Stadium
3 May, 2014 – New Orleans, LA – Fair Grounds Race Course

Source: Billboard.com