Bruce Springsteen is back at the top of the U.S. albums chart - his new release High Hopes has debuted at number one. It's The Boss' 11th Billboard 200 number one, and gives the singer/songwriter the edge over Elvis Presley as the act with the third most chart-toppers.
Springsteen and Presley were previously tied with 10 each. Only the Beatles (19) and Jay Z (13) have more.
High Hopes fell just short of 100,000 sales in its first week on release, becoming Springsteen's first studio album to miss that mark since chart compilers at Nielsen SoundScan started tracking data in 1991.
The rocker last hit the top of the charts in 2012 with Wrecking Ball.
The soundtrack to Disney's animated hit Frozen slips a spot to two, but becomes the first album of its kind to spend three weeks in the top two since Miley Cyrus' Hannah Montana: The Movie was a hit almost five years ago.
The latest Kidz Bop hits compilation debuts at three, while Beyonce's self-titled album and Jennifer Nettles' solo debut, That Girl, round out the new top five.
Rage Against The Machine rocker Tom Morello has credited Bruce Springsteen with inspiring him to release his first solo rock album. The guitarist is currently on tour with the Born to Run icon after previously working with The Boss on 2012's Wrecking Ball album and on last year's (13) High Hopes.
Morello has released four projects as his folk alter-ego The Nightwatchman, but is now ready to combine his love for both of the musical genres on a new album.
He tells Billboard.com, "The first time I ever sang with an electric guitar in my hands was The Ghost of Tom Joad (with Springsteen) at the Anaheim Pond in 2008. Until then I'd kept my folk singing career and my electric guitar shredding career completely separate. It was on that stage that I realised there might be a way to combine all the things I do as a songwriter and a guitar player, and this record is going to be that."
Morello is planning to head into the studio after Springsteen's tour wraps in March (14) and he is keen to emulate the work of the legendary Jimi Hendrix.
He continues, "I want to make the craziest guitar record that anyone's ever heard. The idea is that this is the Hendrix of now."
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Bruce Springsteen announced this morning through his website and Facebook page that he'll be releasing a new album, High Hopes, on January 14. Well, it's sort of a new album, but it consists of new studio versions of songs fans of Springsteen's epic live shows will already be familiar with.
Eight of the album's 11 tracks feature ex-Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, who stood in for Bruce's usual onstage foil Steve Van Zandt on a recent Australian tour. During that jaunt, the revised band dug into a couple of Bruce's favorite punk-era tracks: "Just Like Fire Would" by Australia's legendary Saints and "Dream Baby Dream" by pioneering Lower Manhattan electro duo Suicide. The title track comes from an even more obscure source, an early '90s roots-rock record by L.A. trio the Havalinas, whose singer-songwriter Tim Scott had fronted early '80s rockabilly revivalists Levi and the Rockats and in 1984 released one of the absolute worst synth-pop records of the decade, Swear.
The rest of the album consists of Springsteen originals, including a new duet version of the Woody Guthrie-esque "The Ghost of Tom Joad" and the first studio recording of "American Skin (41 Shots)," a protest song about the unprovoked 1999 police shooting of unarmed 24-year-old Guinean immigrant Amadou Diallo that was a staple of Springsteen's live show in 1999 and 2000. High Hopes will be released on January 14, 2014. In the meantime, here's the title track.
Bruce Springsteen has re-recorded The Ghost Of Tom Joad with Rage Against The Machine star Tom Morello for a new album of covers and revamps. High Hopes, which will be The Boss' 18th studio album, also features eight other collaborations with Morello, who temporarily joined Springsteen's E Street Band on its 2013 Australian tour while regular guitarist Steven Van Zandt was filming his Netflix series Lilyhammer in Scandinavia.
The new album, which also features fan favourites Harry's Place, Frankie Fell In Love and Dream Baby Dream, will be released in January (14).
Chronicles the making of Springsteen's 18th studio album, the film features behind-the-scenes studio and rehearsal segments, E Street Band tour footage and interviews with Springsteen and album collaborator Tom Morello, guitarist for Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave.