The post-September 11 collection 'The Rising' strikes a chord with US citizens...

Bruce Springsteen has gone straight to the top of the US BILLBOARD album chart with his post -September 11 collection ‘THE RISING’.

The Boss has unseated country singer Toby Keith, whose ‘Unleashed’ LP topped the chart for a week with an altogether more chest-beating approach to 9/11 and its aftermath.

Bruce Springsteen, reunited with the E-Street Band for the first time since ‘Born In The USA’ in 1984, sold a massive 525,000 copies to take the top spot. Bruce Springsteen‘s 1995 Greatest Hits collection sold only 250,000 copies in its first week and spent two weeks at Number One.

‘The Rising”s tally doubles that of Linkin Park, who sold 270,000 copies of ‘Reanimation’, their ‘Hybrid Theory’ remix album.

Nelly sticks at Number Three with ‘Nellyville’ shifting just shy of 250,000 units. Eminem is now approaching five million copies sold in the US for ‘The Eminem Show’. The album is at Number Five this week, having sold 176,000 copies.

Angry man Toby Keith, meanwhile, slips to Six this week, having sold 174,000 copies.