Usher did it again. The singer scored his third no. 1 album this week, beating out a new release from Erykah Badu, and previously released albums from Monica, Ludacris and others.
Usher’s new album, Raymond v Raymond, bumped Justin Bieber’s My World 2.0 out of the top slot, selling 329,000 copies in its first week. His previous no. 1s include 2008’s Here I Stand and 2004’s Confessions. His 329K start is the third-best sales week of the year so far.
After receiving a ton of attention for the nudity in her “Window Seat” music video, Erykah Badu’s New Amerykah, Part Two: Return of the Ankh enters the Billboard 200 at no. 4 with 110,000. The album is the follow up to 2008’s New Amerykah: Part One (4th World War), which opened at no. 2 with 124,000.
Later, at no. 6, Monica’s Still Standing slips four spaces with 81,000; Lady Gaga’s The Fame fell one spot to no. 9 with 49,000; and the Black Eyed Peas close out the top 10 with The E.N.D., selling another 43,000 copies.
The Peas’ album has sold just over 2.3 million since its release.
Ludacris’ Battle of the Sexes chimed in at no. 11 with 40,000, and the last album within the top 10 is the new collaborative effort between the Wu’s Method Man, Ghostface and Raekwon called Wu-Massacre. The album came in at no. 12 with 38,000 sold.
There was more new releases this week.
Much later down the rankings was E-40’s latest, Revenue Retrievin’: Day Shift and Night Shift. Both albums landed at no. 47 and 49 respectively, selling around 12,000 copies a piece.
And the new Army of the Pharaohs project, The Unholy Terror, opens at no. 179 with 3,200 copies sold.
That wraps things up this week. To cop any of these new releases, head over to Amazon.com.
According to Billboard.com, overall album sales in this past chart week (ending April 4) totaled 6.84 million units, up 13% compared to the sum last week (6.03 million) and down 4% compared to the comparable sales week of 2009 (7.11 million).