The Boss pipped The Queen of Pop to the top spot

Bruce Springsteen has beaten Madonna to take the Number 1 slot on the Official Albums Chart with his latest release, ‘Western Stars.’

Springsteen’s 19th studio album finished 25,000 combined sales ahead of Madonna’s ‘Madame X’, her 14th studio album. ‘Western Stars’ is Springsteen’s first album of new material since 2011 and The Boss’ 11th UK Number 1.

‘Western Stars’ became the fastest selling album on physical formats of the year so far, selling over 45,000 copies on CD and vinyl in its first week of release.

In a review of the album, NME said: “Majestic in its scale, but traditional in its subject matter and narratives, ‘Western Stars’ is a wonderful thing. It perfectly leads into his reunion with the E Street Band, with whom he’ll be heading into the studio to work on album 20 later this year. The Boss rambles on; on this evidence, his next journey will be some trip.”

Madonna still holds the record for the most Number 1 albums by a female artist, with 12 Number 1 albums to date.