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By the numbers Celebrating ‘Born to Run’ and its 40th anniversary

Bruce Springsteen is "The Boss" now, but 40 years ago, "Born to Run" helped make him a legend.-(THINKSTOCK)

In honor of the anniversary of the release of Bruce Springsteen’s iconic “Born to Run” album (yes, album), we offer the following by the numbers look at one of New Jersey’s biggest stars — and a top business leader.40: The number of years since “Born to Run” was released.

$250,000: The amount of money Columbia Records put into marketing the album (was that a lot).

25,000: The number of albums his first effort, “Greetings from Asbury Park,” had sold. His follow-up, “The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle,” hadn’t performed much better.

9.1 million: The total number of album sales for “Born to Run,” according to Neilson SoundScan.

30.8 million: The title song’s number of plays on Spotify, the streaming music app.

53,206: The number of 30th anniversary editions sold in 2005, debuting the rerelease at No. 18 on the Dec. 3 Billboard charts.

372: the number of times Springsteen has officially performed in the state since 1975 (not accounting for every time he has played unannounced).

$300 million: Springsteen’s estimated net worth, placing him at No. 38 on NJBIZ’s list of the 50 wealthiest New Jerseyans.

3: The album’s top position on the Billboard Top 100. It first appeared at No. 84 during the week of Sept. 13, 1975, but breached the Top 10 at No. 8 the following week and spent two weeks in fourth place before cresting as the No. 3 album in October.

1985: Following the titanic success of “Born in the U.S.A.,” which was released in 1984, “Born to Run”spent much of its 10th year on the Billboard charts once more.

Triple: The album went triple platinum in 1986, which was the first year the Recording Industry Association of America made eligible albums released before 1976.

1: Times in your life “Born to Run” should truly resonate: “Every young person should be so lucky, to have a time in his or her life when the inflated romanticism of ‘Born to Run’ makes perfect sense.” — Mark Richardson, for Pitchfork Media on the album’s 30th anniversary.

Andrew Sheldon
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