Springsteen Soars To No. 1 With 'The Rising'

Bruce Springsteen's "The Rising" (Columbia) rockets to No. 1 on The Billboard 200 after selling 525,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, to earn the Boss his best week ever in the SoundScan era

Bruce Springsteen's "The Rising" (Columbia) rockets to No. 1 on The Billboard 200 after selling 525,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, to earn the Boss his best week ever in the SoundScan era for a single album. The impressive, media-hyped debut allows Springsteen to easily best Linkin Park's "[Reanimation]" (Warner Bros.), which lands at No. 2 on first-week sales of 270,000 units, the strongest showing ever from a remix album.

Springsteen's last No. 1 was his 1995 "Greatest Hits" set, which was then his biggest SoundScan sales week, falling just short of 250,000 units. His biggest albums came prior to 1991, the year when SoundScan was instituted. 1984's "Born in the USA" has been certified 15-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for 15 million units shipped, while the live box "Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band 1975-1985" has been certified 13-times platinum.

"The Rising" is the fifth-best debut of the year. It trails opening week totals from Eminem's Web/Aftermath/Interscope set "The Eminem Show" (1.3 million), Nelly's Fo' Reel/Universal release "Nellyville" (714,000), Dave Matthews Band's RCA effort "Busted Stuff" (622,000), and Celine Dion's Epic comeback "A New Day Has Come" (527,000).

Linkin's Park's No. 2 entry matches the peak position of the band's 2000 album "Hybrid Theory," which became the top-selling album of 2001. To date, it has moved more than 7.3 million units and is still on The Billboard 200 at No. 56. "[Reanimation]," which features remixes from underground producers such as Jurassic 5's Chali 2NA and the Roots' Black Thought, surpasses the opening week record for a remix album set earlier this year with 250,000 units by P. Diddy's "We Invented the Remix" (Arista/Bad Boy).

Last week's No. 1, Toby Keith's "Unleashed," slides to No. 6 after falling victim to a nearly 50% sales drop in its second week, which gives it a still formidable 174,000 units. "Unleashed" holds onto No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums tally, while Kenny Chesney's "The Good Stuff" enters its fourth-straight week atop Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

New artist Amerie makes an impressive debut at No. 9 on The Billboard 200 with "All I Have" (Rise/Columbia). As expected, she performs even stronger in urban markets, arriving at No. 2 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Sales were fueled by the success of the track "Why Don't We Fall in Love," which moves 11-10 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks roundup. Her retail numbers were also likely helped by a lower-than-usual list price of $12.99.

Pop metal veterans Def Leppard defy all current trends to arrive at No. 11 on The Billboard 200 with "X" (Island). This ties the chart position of the band's 1999 studio set "Euphoria." Other newcomers include Filter's "The Amalgamut" (Reprise/Warner Bros.) at No. 32 and Beth Orton's "Daybreaker" (Heavely/Astralwerks) at a career peak at No. 40.

Nelly replaces himself at No. 1 on the Hot 100, as his single "Dilemma" featuring Kelly Rowland, the chart's fastest-growing track at radio, bumps "Hot in Herre" down to No. 2 after seven weeks on top. The order of the two tracks is reversed on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles, and "Hot in Herre" holds on atop
Billboard's Hop Rap Tracks tally for a sixth-straight week. As a result, the "Nellyville" album holds at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, down a modest 10% to 244,000 copies in its sixth week.

The top debut on the Hot 100 is Faith Evans' "Burnin' Up" featuring Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott at No. 65. The cut has been tearing up the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks tally, and scoots 29-22 this week. Other notable entries on the Hot 100 include System Of A Down's "Aerials" at No. 67, BBMak's "Out of My Heart (Into Your Head)" at No. 68, Fabolous' "Trade it All" featuring P. Diddy & Jagged Edge at No. 70, and Keith Urban's "Somebody Like You" at No. 73.

The tally's fastest-growing track at retail is Nivea's "Don't Mess With My Man" featuring Brian & Brandon Casey, which jumps 99-90. The cut is at No. 40 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.