Given the ubiquitous publicity blitz behind Bruce Springsteen’s new album, it’s no surprise that record buyers accepted his invitation to come on up for ”The Rising.” The Boss’ first studio album with the E Street Band since 1984’s ”Born in the U.S.A.” debuted atop the Billboard album chart and sold more than 525,000 copies, according to SoundScan. That’s the best showing for a Springsteen disc since SoundScan began measuring sales 11 years ago. (It’s also the second album with Sept. 11-themed music to debut at No. 1 in two weeks, following Toby Keith’s ”Unleashed.”) The news came on the same day that Springsteen and the E Street Band launched a 46-city tour at the Continental Airlines Arena in their home court of New Jersey.
”The Rising” edged out ”Reanimation,” Linkin Park’s remix album of songs from ”Hybrid Theory.” That debuted at No. 2 with sales of 270,200. Holding at No. 3 was Nelly’s ”Nellyville,” shifting 244,.075 units. Slipping two spots to No. 4 was ”NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 10,” selling 180,025 discs. Eminem’s still-strong ”The Eminem Show” held at No. 5 and sold 176,400 copies.
Keith’s ”Unleashed” dropped five spots from its chart-topping debut last week to land at No. 6. Dave Matthews Band’s ”Busted Stuff” slid three spots to No. 7. Avril Lavigne’s ”Let Go” slid one place to No. 8, even though it sold more albums this week than last. R&B chanteuse Amerie’s ”All I Have” debuted at No. 9. Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ”By the Way” fell two slots to No. 10, just edging out Def Leppard’s ”X,” which debuted at No. XI.