After weeks of blocking many new entries from topping Billboard Hot 200, Adele finally falls from her throne on the U.S. album chart. The British pop sensation is knocked out of the top spot by Bruce Springsteen. The Boss edges out Adele by selling around 196,000 copies with his latest effort "Wrecking Ball".
It marks Springsteen's tenth No. 1 album. He scored his first No. 1 with 1980's "The River" and last hit the top spot with his 2009's "Working on a Dream". He ties the record held by Elvis Presley for the third-most chart-topping albums in history, sitting behind The Beatles (with 19 No. 1 CDs) and Jay-Z (with 12).
Giving up the first position to Springsteen after hitting 23 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1, Adele settles at the second spot. The "Rolling in the Deep" hitmaker loses the hot spot to the Boss by just over 1,300 copies, according Nielsen SoundScan. Her second studio album "21" shifts around 195,000 copies by week's end on Sunday, March 11.
The second highest new entry on Hot 200 is Luke Bryan. The country music crooner enters the chart at No. 9 with his latest mini album "Spring Break 4... Suntan City [EP]" (30,000). He's followed by multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird, who rounds up the top 10 with his latest effort "Break It Yourself" (30,000).
Making their return after getting kicked out of the list are Lady Antebellum, Coldplay and Lil Wayne. They gain more than 100% increase in their album sales, thanks to massive boost from Goggle Music's 25-cent sale promo. Lady A's sale is up 437%, while Coldplay and Weezy's are up 567% and 173% respectively.
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