Usher's 'Confessions' Album Hits 10 Million in U.S. Sales

7:00 AM PST 07/06/2012 by Keith Caulfield, Billboard

The R&B star's 2004 release is only the 19th album to achieve the feat since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991.

Usher's 2004 Confessions album hits a milestone sales achievement this week, surpassing 10 million in U.S. sales according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The feat is notable in that it is only the 19th album to sell 10 million since SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. In the week ending July 1, Confessions sold another 2,000 copies, bringing its overall sum just over the 10 million mark.

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Previous to Confessions, the last album to sell 10 million was Eminem's The Eminem Show, which was released in 2002 and crossed the threshold in the sales week that ended Oct. 2, 2011.

Among all albums in the SoundScan era, the highest seller is Metallica's Metallica, with 15.8 million. Shania Twain's Come On Over is in second place with 15.5 million and Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill is in third with 14.8 million.

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Confessions, first released on March 23, 2004, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 1.1 million sold in its first week. It is one of only 17 albums to sell 1 million in a single week. Confessions spent nine weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and contains the hit singles "Yeah!," "Burn" and "Confessions Part II." All three of those reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

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