Springsteen ends Swift's number one run
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
– Taylor Swift's run as the best selling CD in the U.S. with "Fearless" came to an end for now at least. That's because Bruce Springsteen grabbed the top spot with his ninth number one disc, "Working on a Dream." Swift had the second biggest selling CD in the U.S. "Fearless" has been number 1 for 8 weeks since its release in November 2008.
Pat Green had the second biggest selling country disc and 18th overall with "What I'm For," which sold 18,000.
Next week could be Dierks Bentley's week to top the country chart as "Feel That Fire" came out Tuesday.
On the song chart, Big & Rich's John Rich enjoyed his first solo top 40 hit with Shuttin' Detroit Down at 34. Rich played the auto worker anthem acoustically while visiting radio stations to promote his solo album, "Son of a Preacher Man," due in May. Billboard said that Warner officials claimed "radio programmers' demand for the song prompted Rich to rush-record a studio version." The label has stopped promoting the first single, Another You, which was 49th because of the Detroit.
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