Springsteen's first new album in three years debuted at the top of the album charts, selling approximately 222,000 copies for the week ending Sunday, according to industry figures released Wednesday.
Ludacris' R&B protege, Bobby Valentino, had the week's second highest debut, notching the No. 3 spot with "DTP Presents Bobby Valentino." It sold 180,000 copies.
Rob Thomas (search), last week's No. 1, fell to No. 4 after his "Something to Be" (search) sold 145,000 copies. Amerie, who has the hit "1 Thing," debuted at No. 5 with her sophomore set, "Touch." It sold 124,000 copies.
Other debuts of note: Jo Dee Messina's "Delicious Surprise" sold 99,000 copies to come in at No. 7, while Ben Folds "Songs for Silverman" sold 50,000 copies to debut at No. 13.
And "Nashville Star's" first winner, Buddy Jewell, moved 26,000 units to debut at No. 31 with his second album, "Times Like These."