Usher No. 1 with ‘Looking 4 Myself’
“Looking 4 Myself,” the seventh album from the 33-year-old Usher, sold 128,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, far below the “Scream” singer’s last album, “Raymond v Raymond,” which debuted with first-week sales of 329,000 in 2010.
Usher will face strong competition for the top spot next week from protege Justin Bieber, whose highly anticipated album “Believe” was released this week and topped the iTunes chart.
Veteran Canadian rockers Rush came in at No. 2 with “Clockwork Angels,” selling 103,000 copies and pushing British songstress Adele to No. 3 with her Grammy-winning “21,” which has spent 69 weeks in the top ten.
Rush, which has been recording for four decades, has yet to score a No. 1 debut on the Billboard chart.
Country music singer Josh Turner entered the Billboard 200 at No. 4 with his “Punching Bag,” selling 45,000 copies in its first week.
The record also topped the Billboard Country Albums chart.
British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran notched the No. 5 spot with his debut disc “+,” which sold 42,000 copies, aided by iTunes, which promoted the lead single “The A-Team” on its front page.
The album, which debuted at No. 1 in Britain in late 2011, gave Sheeran the highest U.S. debut by a British male solo artist since Radiohead’s lead singer Thom Yorke released “The Eraser,” in 2006.
Rounding out the top ten this week are One Direction’s “Up All Night” at No. 6, Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s “Americana” at No. 7, Alan Jackson’s “Thirty Miles West” at No. 8 and the “Rock Of Ages” film soundtrack at No. 9.
Rapper Waka Flocka Flame’s “Triple F Life,” which features collaborations with Nicki Minaj and Drake, debuted at No. 10.