After a remarkable run of eight weeks (out of 12) atop the Billboard Hot 200 Albums chart, Taylor Swift has finally been dethroned and it took The Boss to do it. With 224,000 copies sold, Bruce Springsteen’s “Working On A Dream” became 2009’s first major chart-topper. The Boss sang the title track on the Super Bowl on February 1st but those sales won’t be reflected until next week’s tally.
For her part, Swift is still ranked second on the chart with “Fearless” as her album tallied another 55,000 copies sold. Overall, the record is near the 2.5 million albums sold mark, in just three months on the charts. Pat Green scored the second highest chart debut of his career with “What I’m For” moving 18,200 copies to land the 18th spot on the chart. Only his “Wave On Wave” album debuted higher when it placed 10th in 2002. Taylor’s self-titled album, Sugarland’s “Love On The Inside,” and Zac Brown Band’s “The Foundation” round out the Top 5 Country albums and all were inside the Top 40 on the Hot 200 Albums chart.
Other notable Country albums on the charts are Darius Rucker’s “Learn To Live” which is now over the 400,000 units sold mark after 20 weeks on the charts, Jamey Johnson’s “That Lonesome Song,” Lady Antebellum’s self-titled debut saw a 20 percent jump on the charts and has also moved over 400,000 copies. Rascal Flatts’ “Greatest Hits, Vol. 1” rounds out the top 10 Country albums on the chart. It has moved over 500,000 copies as the band’s “Here Comes Goodbye” is running up the charts.
Next week Dierks Bentley stands a good shot to take the Top spot on the Hot 200 Chart from Bruce Springsteen but has competition for the position from pop rock band The Fray. Albums from Wynonna, Willie Nelson & Asleep at the Wheel and Ben Kweller should find their way on the album chart as well.