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Usher Lands #1 Debut, Al Green Earns First Top 10 Debut

Just four years after “Confessions” smashed the charts at #1, Usher marks his return with yet another #1 debut this week. Usher’s “Here I Stand” debuted on the Billboard 200 with 433,000 U.S. copies sold, making his album the second biggest debut of the year charting just behind Mariah Carey’s “E=MC2″ which bowed in April. “Here I Stand” was led by the single “Love in This Club” featuring Young Jeezy, which was No. 1 for three weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. According to Billboard, Usher’s “Confessions” started at the penthouse in 2004 with a whopping 1,096,000 units and spent nine weeks on top. It went on to be the year’s best-seller. Charting in at #2 this week is the soundtrack to the #1 film in the country “Sex in the City” which moved 66,000 copies featuring new music from Nina Simone, Jennifer Hudson and Al Green. Elsewhere on the chart Green’s new album “Lay It Down” also debuted in the top 10 this week, a first for the legendary soul crooner. Al Green’s Blue Note effort sold 34, 000 copies, his highest debut ever and his highest charting album since “I’m Still In Love with You” reached #4 in 1972. Usher and Al Green also ran up the R&B/ Hip Hop Albums chart with Usher at #1 and Green coming in at #2 just behind rapper Bun – B’s “II Trill.”

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