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Bruce Springsteen tops UK album chart

Bruce Springsteen, Magic

Story by Jack Foley

BRUCE Springsteen has topped the UK album chart with his latest long-player Magic, beating Katie Melua’s third album Pictures into second place.

The record, which controversially lashes out at the war in Iraq, also held off competition from US rockers the Foo Fighters, to record The Boss’s seventh No.1.

Springsteen has made no apology for the dark tone of the album which could be perceived by some Americans as being unpatriotic for suggesting the nation feels in despair and hopelessness.

In an interview on CBS news show 60 Minutes that’s due to be aired on Sunday night (October 7, 2007) he states: “I believe every citizen has a stake in the course, direction of their country. That’s why we vote.

“It’s unpatriotic at any given moment to sit back and let things pass that are damaging to some place that you love so dearly and that has given me so much.”

The UK success of the album does, however, come as a surprise given that Springsteen faced UK favourite, Katie Melua, in the race for top spot.

Melua was the best selling female artist in Britain in 2004 and 2005 and became the best selling British female artist in the world in 2006. Her third album, Pictures, was widely expected to emulate that success – and still could.

The Foo Fighters, meanwhile, slipped from the top spot with their latest album, Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace but continued to post strong sales figures.

And James Blunt’s second album, All The Lost Souls, slipped to four while Pete Doherty’s Babyshambles scored their first top five album with Shotter’s Nation.

In the singles chart, Sugababes spent a second week at number one with their latest single About You Now – from their latest album Changes (out Monday).