G14: Usher’s ‘Confessions’ Album Hits 10 Million in U.S. Sales

Another record broken. Word to the homies JD and URIV.

Via: billboard.com

by Keith Caulfield, L.A.  |   July 05, 2012 4:45 EDT

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Usher’s
 2004 “Confessions” album hits a milestone sales achievement this week, surpassing 10 million in U.S. sales according to Nielsen SoundScan.
UsherThe 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.
Previous to “Confessions,” the last album to sell 10 million wasEminem’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.
“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.
Albums With 10 Million in U.S. Sales, 1991-Present
Artist Title (Year) Sales To Date*
1 Metallica Metallica (1991) 15.79 million
2 Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill (1995) 15.52 million
3 Shania Twain Come On Over (1997) 14.75 million
4 Backstreet Boys Millennium (1999) 12.19 million
5 The Beatles 1 (2000) 12.07 million
6 Whitney Houston/ Soundtrack The Bodyguard (1992) 12.03 million
7 Santana Supernatural (1999) 11.73 million
8 Creed Human Clay (1999) 11.59 million
9 ‘N Sync No Strings Attached (2000) 11.13 million
10 Bob Marley & the Wailers Legend (1984) 11.06 million**
11 Norah Jones Come Away With Me (2002) 10.85 million
12 Celine Dion Falling Into You (1996) 10.79 million
13 Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP (2000) 10.61 million
14 Britney Spears . . .Baby One More Time (1999) 10.55 million
15 Hootie & the Blowfish Cracked Rear View (1994) 10.27 million
16 Soundtrack Titanic (1997) 10.17 million
17 Backstreet Boys Backstreet Boys (1997) 10.12 million
18 Eminem The Eminem Show (2002) 10.08 million
19 Usher Confessions (2004) 10.00 million
*SOURCE: NIELSEN SOUNDSCAN,
sales through the week ending July 1, 2012
**11.06 million between 1991-present; earlier sales not included
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