Usher Scores Second Best Sales Debut Of 2008


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Four years after his Confessions rocked the charts, Usher returns to The Billboard 200 at No. 1 with Here I Stand.

With 433,000 U.S. copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the LaFace/Zomba album is the second biggest debut this year behind the 463,000 start of Mariah Carey's E=MC2.

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. 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.

Coming in at No. 2 is the New Line soundtrack to the Sex in the City movie. The set -- which features tracks from artists as diverse as the Weepies, Jennifer Hudson, Run-D.M.C. and Nina Simone -- moved 66,000 copies. It's the highest debut for a multi-artist theatrical film soundtrack since Get Rich or Die Tryin' also started at No. 2 in November 2005.

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