Monday, July 15, 2024

Bruce Springsteen’s Powerful “Letter to You” Has a Huge Opening Day, Heading to Number 1 This Week


Bruce Springsteen is back on top.

The Boss’s “Letter to You” album sold 45,000 copies on Friday according to Buzz Angle/Alpha Data. Almost all were CDs and paid downloads with very little streaming.

By comparison, Springsteen’s last album, “Western Stars,” released in June 2019, sold 61,000 copies for its entire first week and then trailed off. “Letter to You” is poised to do better than 100,000 copies in its debut week and be number 1 on the album chart.

So far, the album hasn’t had a hit single. But I can tell you the next track to get singles-attention for radio is “The Power of Prayer,” which — if radio will let it in among the crap already playing — is a real number 1 hit. Call your local FM station and ask for it ASAP!

And PS don’t miss the “Letter to You” documentary on Apple TV. It’s a winner!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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