Bruce Springsteen's media blitz last week paid off big-time. His latest CD,

The Rising, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's album chart, selling 526,000 copies. That ranks as the biggest opening-week tally in Springsteen's career. (His previous best was Human Touch, which sold 246,000 in 1992.) The Boss and his E Street Band, meanwhile, kicked off their 46-city tour Wednesday in New Jersey.