Usher’s ‘Raymond’ Wins Battle for No. 1, Erykah Badu Makes Strong ‘Return’


Usher returned to familiar territory at the top of the charts this week with his sixth album, while Erykah Badu’s much-talked-about “Window Seat” music video helped propel the soul songstress to a Top 5 debut.

Not even heavy online leaks could stop Usher from selling 329,000 copies of Raymond v. Raymond, making it his third straight No. 1 album on the Billboard 200. His last effort, 2008′s Here I Stand, debuted at No. 1 with 443,000. Raymond holds the third-best sales week of the year so far, following Sade’s Soldier of Love (502,000) and Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now (481,000).

The R&B crooner edged out his protégé Justin Bieber, who moved down one spot to No. 2 with My World 2.0, which was up 3% over its initial week with 291,000. According to Billboard, it marks the first time a No. 1-debuting album—released on a traditional Tuesday—has posted a sales increase in its second week since 2002.

All the publicity from her controversial “Window Seat” video didn’t hurt Erykah Badu, whose latest album New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh, bows on the Billboard 200 at No. 4 with 110,000 units. Its predecessor, 2008′s New Amerykah Part One: 4th World War, entered at No. 2 with 124,000.

Monica’s Still Standing takes a dip to No. 6 with 81,000 in its second week. It opened at No. 2 with 184,000, backed by the chart-topping R&B single “Everything to Me.”

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  2. UltraKid

    I don’t really like Usher’s music these days—I liked him better back in the early 2000′s.

    Erykah Badu>>Usher


  3. RR

    Usher’s album is HOT from begining to end. all the songs are great


  4. queen beyonce

    congrats usher!!!! the king of r&b


  5. Phoenix_Wright

    Usher’s new album is the best I heard so far from this yr.


  6. BowChickaWahWah

    Ughhhh still haven’t gotten my copy! A must get TODAY.


  7. Catie

    I honestly didn’t see Usher selling that much in the first week, congrats to him.


  8. hustle

    @catie..r u serious?! it just testify that ur not an usher fan! usher’s confessions made 1 MILLION copies in its first week DUMB ASS! betta think before u say some bitch!


  9. Polo

    Ursher is da man!.. Album is on point. I can tell he really took his time and made sure every song was a potential hit. OMG..Pro-Lover..of Daddy’s Home..Little Freak..etc..Venus vs. Mars-Grown and Sexy!..Great Album!


  10. amy

    @hustle..yeh.confessions sold one million.and this sold 300,000 in a week.this album SUCKED ..

    2-3 songs r good.the rest is crap.

    but congrats to the old dude!lmao


  11. dan

    @hustle what have the confessions sales to do with this album?
    confessions had a massive first single…r vs r has not

    and why the cursing? missing sex?

    by the way…like r vs r
    usher is an outstanding rnb artist
    love his vocals

    lets see how he is doing the second week, here is stand sold more than 400k the first week…

    congrats to erykah, too
    and to monica for selling good in her second week…hope she stays in the top 10 next week


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