Having sold nearly 1.1 million copies of his new album, Confessions, in its first week, Usher will rise to the top of next week’s Billboard albums chart, leaving a stream of broken records in his wake.
With those numbers, the R&B star has the highest opening-week sales of any album released this year, and the seventh best of the SoundScan era, behind ‘NSYNC’s No Strings Attached (2.3 million) and Celebrity (1.8 million), Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP (1.7 million), Backstreet Boys’ Black & Blue (1.5 million), Britney Spears’ Oops! … I Did It Again (1.3 million) and Backstreet Boys’ Millennium (1.1 million).
But the accolades for the smooth-crooning ladies’ man don’t stop there.
Usher wins the distinction of having the highest first-week total of any R&B artist in SoundScan’s 13-year history — his sales numbers crush those of R. Kelly, who sold more than 543,000 copies of TP-2.com in 2000, and Destiny Child’s Survivor, which moved 663,000 in May 2001. It’s also the best one-week total of any male artist since Eminem released The Marshall Mathers LP in 2000.