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Hi Gary, 

Bruce Springsteen debuts at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 chart this week with Only the Strong Survive, scoring his twenty second high 10 album. He has notched high 10s in every of the final six a long time, from Seventies to the 2020s. How uncommon is that feat, and are there every other notable chart achievements of his that we will have a good time this week?

Thanks, 

Raditya Gunardisurya 
Jakarta, Indonesia 

Hi Raditya,

Springsteen is one in all solely three artists with newly charting high 10 albums on the Billboard 200 in every of the final six a long time, having joined James Taylor when the previous’s Letter to You launched at its No. 2 greatest in 2020. Paul McCartney made the elite membership a trio (together with his work with Wings) in 2021.

The three Rock and Roll Hall of Famers’ Billboard 200 high 10 totals by decade:
Paul McCartney: ’70s: 10 / ’80s: two / ’90s: one / ’00s: 4 / ’10s: three / ’20s: one (21 complete)
Bruce Springsteen: ’70s: two / ’80s: 5 / ’90s: three / ’00s: six / ’10s: 4 / ’20s: two (22 complete)
James Taylor: ’70s: six / ’80s: one / ’90s: one / ’00s: two / ’10s: two / ’20s: one (13 complete)

Per the breakouts above, Springsteen, with the debut of the aptly titled Only the Strong Survive, turns into the one act to have earned a number of high 10 albums on the Billboard 200 within the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, ’00s, ’10s and ’20s.

Notably, Barbra Streisand, if she will notch a pair of high 10s within the ’20s, would surpass Springsteen’s streak (and doubtlessly McCartney and Taylor’s, if they’ll every add a high 10 this decade) of a number of Billboard 200 high 10s in every of six a long time, as she tallied a couple of in every decade from the ’60s by way of the ’10s, having most lately reached the area in 2016. Here are Streisand’s decade-by-decade totals – with the man celebrity, who boasts probably the most high 10s amongst soloists (34, second general solely to the Rolling Stones’ 37) having notched at the very least 4 high 10s in every of these a long time: ’60s: 9 / ’70s: seven / ’80s: six / ’90s: 4 / ’00s: 4 / ’10s: 4.

Meanwhile, Springsteen’s newest chart feat – with Only the Strong Survive additionally new at No. 1 on Top Rock & Alternative Albums – accompanies that of one other legend: Elton John, who crowns Adult Pop Airplay with “Hold Me Closer,” alongside Britney Spears. Similar to Springsteen’s new Billboard 200 accolade, the music itself traverses a long time, because it reimagines the hook of John’s 1972 traditional “Tiny Dancer” and the verses of his 1992 Billboard Hot 100 high 10 hit “The One.” John additionally upped his profession Billboard Boxscore touring complete to a near-record level, due to his three reveals Nov. 17, 19 and 20 at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium.

Springsteen and John have lengthy been linked on Billboard‘s surveys, even if they haven’t mixed for any hits, relationship to Springsteen’s first charted music. On the Hot 100 dated Sept. 20, 1975, Springsteen made his first look at No. 68 with “Born to Run.” One notch decrease, John charted with a permanent single of his personal: “Someone Saved My Life Tonight.”

Springsteen scored his first Hot 100 high 10, “Hungry Heart,” in December 1980, after John reached the tier that June with “Little Jeannie.” They additionally every earned high 10s in the identical 12 months in 1984-86, 1988 and 1994.

(As for his or her most-streamed songs within the U.S. to-date, in response to Luminate, John’s “Rocket Man,” from 1972, has drawn 738 million official on-demand streams and Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark,” from 1984, 318.6 million.)

“He’s probably one of the nicest people in rock and roll I’ve ever met in my life,” John said of Springsteen in 1980 on the Australian TV present Countdown, serving to introduce a efficiency of the latter’s “The River.” “One of the sweetest and sincerest people. At the moment in America, he’s the biggest cheese going and good luck to him, because someone that nice deserves it.”

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