Bruce Springsteen's first studio album with the E Street Band since 1984 has topped the US album chart in its first week of release.

Sales of 'The Rising' topped 525,000 copies in the US, making it a best-seller for Springsteen in terms of first week sales.

In Ireland, Springsteen entered the chart at number two; 'By the Way' from the Red Hot Chili Peppers is at one.

'The Rising' is the number one album in Canada, the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Belgium, Finland, Denmark and Norway.

Springsteen began a tour of the US on Wednesday night in New Jersey.