Springsteen Debuts On Top; Linkin Park Settle For Second

Amerie, Filter, Beth Orton, Def Leppard also make chart debuts.

Bruce Springsteen is reliving his glory days.

The New Jersey rock legend and his E Street Band will debut at #1 on next week’s Billboard 200 with The Rising, according to SoundScan figures released Wednesday (August 7). In the past few weeks, Springsteen, who will perform at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards, has been paying the cost to be the Boss with a media frenzy, including a live performance on “The Today Show.”

The Boss’ reunion opus with his musical compatriots sold over 525,000 copies in its first week to take the top position. Springsteen’s numbers far surpass his closest competitors, Linkin Park, whose remix album, Reanimation, sold 270,000 copies since its release on July 30 to debut in the #2 seat next week.

While rock will rule on next week’s chart, hip-hop will continue to flourish. With “Hot in Herre” showing no signs of cooling down and popularity of “Dilemma” growing each day, Nelly’s Nellyville sold 244,000 copies to maintain its #3 position for the second week in a row. The Eminem Show continued to roll on the road to 5 million and will hold fast to its #5 slot. Eminem, who just released “Cleaning out My Closet” as the second single from his Show, saw just a minor sales drop-off: He sold 176,000 copies compared to 193,000 the previous week.

Sandwiched between the MCs with the million-dollar tongues will be Now That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 10, featuring a hodgepodge of hits from acts such as Britney Spears, Ja Rule, Jennifer Lopez and Aaliyah. The compilation will drop two places to #4 with 180,000 albums sold.

“Angry American” Toby Keith will spend his second week on the charts underneath Eminem. The country artist, who debuted at #1 this week, will take the most significant plunge of all the artists still in the top 10 (Lil’ Wayne, Mario and Boyz II Men will all drop out); he’ll come in at #6 with almost 174,000 records sold, compared to 338,000 the previous week.

With Let Go selling just shy of 112,000 last week, Avril Lavigne actually sees an increase in sales while dropping one spot on the albums chart to #8. Fellow spunky siren Amerie will debut at #9 with All I Have. Amerie’s sales (89,000) reflect how she keeps it short and sweet: She was featured on the recent Usher Evolution Tour during Nas’ set and raked in less than 10 minutes stage time, while her single, “Why Don’t We Fall in Love,” clocks in at less than three minutes. The Red Hot Chili Peppers will drop two spots to round out the top 10 after selling 76,000 more of their latest, By the Way.

Def Leppard’s 10th studio album, X, won’t crack the top 10, having sold just over 71,000 copies to land at #11. Filter’s The Amalgamut will start off at #32 after selling 32,000 copies, and Beth Orton’s Daybreaker moved over 28,000 records to come in at #40. Darius Rucker’s platinum-selling days as part of Hootie & the Blowfish are seemingly long behind him, as his long-talked-about solo debut, Back to Then, will make its Billboard bow at #127 after selling 9,300 units in its first week.

Other notable debuts next week will be Dr. Dre protégé Knoc-Turn’Al, whose EP L.A. Confidential Presents Knoc-turn’Al will chart at #74 (16,000 sold), and Reggae Gold 2002, a compilation of dancehall hits such as Tanto Metro & Devonte’s “Give It to Her” and Sean Paul’s “Gimme the Light,” which will come in at #184 (6,100 sold).