Last week saw the release of two high profile R&B albums, Erykah Badu's New Amerykah Part Two and Usher's Raymond vs. Raymond, both of which have crashed the top five of Billboard's album chart. To Badu first: Part Two sold 110,000 copies, good for number four on the charts behind Now 33 and Justin Bieber's My World 2.0, the first album in 10 years that had better week two sales than week one sales (it sold 291,000 copies this week).
To Usher: Raymond vs. Raymond had the third biggest week of the year, selling 329,000 copies, putting it behind only Lady Antebellum's Need You Now and Sade's Soldier of Love. But if you want proof that album sales are sinking, look no further than Usher, whose last two albums have had a considerable drop in sales. His Confessions sold more than a million copies its first week out, 2008's Here I Stand sold 443,000, and now Raymond vs. Raymond clocks in at 329,000. Still good enough for number one, but considerably less than before. [RS]