Bruce Springsteen’s new album Letter to You, which debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart, has helped The Boss conquer another chart record as he becomes the first act with new top five-charting albums in each of the last six decades (1970s, ‘80s, ‘90s, ‘00s, ‘10s and the ‘20s).
Letter to You is Springsteen’s 20th studio effort and arrived as the top-selling album of the week making its debut at number one on the Album Sales chart and is The Boss’ biggest week of sale since 2014. Overall, Letter to You secured 96,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending October 29th which is according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.
This means it is Springsteen’s largest week since the Billboard 200 began measuring in consumption units in December 2014. 92,000 of his total came from album sales whereas the remaining 4,000 comprise SEA units and less than 1,000 comprise TEA units.
Meanwhile, in the UK he has made Official Chart history this week as Letter To You helped him secure his 12th number one album. He outsold the rest of the top five combined which made The Boss’ twentieth studio record become the fastest-selling album of 2020 so far with 95% of his 51,800 chart sales made up of physical and download sales. However, Lady Gaga’s Chromatica had a bigger opening week overall than Letter To You, when it came to physical and download sales — Springsteen comes out the victor.
The entry also means Springsteen is the first credited solo artist to have a number one album in five consecutive decades in the UK as he has topped the charts in the ’80s, ’90s, ’00s, ’10s and ’20s.
The only other artists to achieve this is Paul McCartney, John Lennon, David Gilmour and Paul Weller which makes The Boss the only one to do it without including their work in bands.