Usher's new album, Confessions, sold approximately 1.1 million copies in less than a week, making it the highest-selling album debut since 2001 and a record-setter for an R&B artist.
Confessions, which features the No. 1 single "Yeah!," will debut atop the Billboard Hot 200 album charts next week.
"My feeling has always been that Confessions would be a landmark album for me," Usher said in a statement.
The album was released March 23. Its strong showing may be another sign the recording industry, which has been in a long slump because of the illegal Internet downloading of music and other factors, is on the upswing.
Just last month, Norah Jones became the first act since 'N Sync to sell more than 1 million copies of an album in its first week. Her disc, Feels Like Home, sold a little more than that figure; 'N Sync's Celebrity sold approximately 1.9 million copies in 2001.
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