[twitter style=”vertical” float=”left”] [fbshare type=”button”] [google_plusone size=”standard” annotation=”none” language=”English (UK)”] Bruce Springsteen’s new release, “Wrecking Ball,” debuts at #1 on the UK album charts.The Official Charts Company reports Springsteen secured his 9th UK #1 album with sales of 74,000 copies. The Boss held off a new release by the Military Wives, who landed at #2 with 56,000 in sales.
Wrecking Ball is The Boss’ ninth chart-topping U.K. album, a sequence dating back 28 years to 1984’s Born In The U.S.A., and first-week sales for the new set were close to the 77,000 he recorded for 2007’s Magic. Springsteen finished well clear of the 56,000 units sold by the Military Wives‘ debut album In My Dreams (Decca/Universal), which started at No. 2 and follows their Christmas No. 1 single “Wherever You Are.”
The debut US chart position for “Wrecking Ball” will be released later this week.
Springsteen and the E Street Band launch their 2012 tour this Sunday (18) in Atlanta; a series of European dates begins May 13 in Seville, Spain.