Letter To You by Bruce Springsteen Makes British Album History by Reaching Number 1 | Ents & Arts News

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Bruce Springsteen made history on the UK charts, becoming the first solo artist to have a number one album in five consecutive decades.

Letter To You, the singer’s 12th overall chart, topped the rest of the top five combined to take the highest position of the week, ahead of new releases from Gorillaz and Blossoms.

This makes Springsteen, 71, the first solo artist credited with having a number one album in every decade from the 1980s to the 2020s.

Her debut was Born In The USA, her seventh album, in 1984, with famous earlier records such as Born To Run, released in 1975, and The River, in 1980 missing out on top spot.

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Springsteen’s first UK number one album was Born In The USA, released in 1984

Known for his live marathon shows, the revered rock star, affectionately known to fans as The Boss, has reunited with his career mates, the E Street Band, for the new record.

This is their first album together since High Hopes in 2014, returning to their rock ‘n’ roll brand after the Western Stars of 2019.

Lyrically, the 12 songs deal with aging and mortality as well as the state of world and American politics – a subject which, as a critic Donald Trump, the New Jersey-born star has spoken ahead of next week’s presidential election.

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While Paul Mccartney, John Lennon, David Gilmour and Paul Weller also achieved the feat of five decades, the accolade included their group work as well as solo material.

Letter To You is also the best-selling album of 2020 to date, according to the Official Charts Company, with 95% of Springsteen’s 51,800 card sales made up of physical sales and downloads. however, Lady GagaChromatica’s holds the title for the biggest overall opening week for an album this year, including streams as well as sales.

As 12th number one, the album ties Springsteen together with Madone for most tops in UK – only behind Robbie Williams and Elvis presley.

Perhaps surprisingly, The Boss never had a UK number one single.

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Earlier this week, the star urged Americans to get Mr. Trump to vote in the White House.

Reading a poem by Elayne Griffin Baker on her From My Home To Yours radio show on SiriusXM, he said: “We had a president who calmed and appeased the nation instead of dividing it, and a first lady who planted a garden. instead of tearing one up.

“We are rudderless and joyless. We have lost the cultural aspects of society that make America great. We have lost our mojo, our pleasure, our happiness, our encouragement to others. “

Springsteen is one of many celebrities supporting former Vice President Joe Biden ahead of the election, with stars including Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Aniston, Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift, Robert De Niro, and Dave Grohl.

Mr. Trump’s celebrity fanbase includes musician Kid Rock and actress Kirstie Alley.

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