If you’re looking for Usher, you can find him at the top of the charts. The R&B singer returned to familiar territory this week with his latest album Looking 4 Myself, which enters at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
Usher’s seventh album sold 128,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It becomes his fourth consecutive No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 following 2010’s Raymond v. Raymond, which moved 329,000 units in its opening week. However, it is also his lowest first-week sales for a regular studio album since 1997’s My Way (67,000).
The lead single “Climax” spends its ninth straight week at No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, while his latest single “Scream” holds the No. 7 spot on the Digital Songs chart.
Looking 4 Myself is not only a hit in the U.S., but worldwide. It tops the iTunes charts in nine other countries including the U.K., Germany, Japan, and the Netherlands.
Elsewhere on the U.S. charts, British export Ed Sheeran arrives at No. 5 with his first full-length album + (42,000), while Waka Flocka Flame’s sophomore set Triple F Life: Fans, Friends & Family bows at No. 10 with 33,000. The Atlanta rapper’s 2010 debut Flockaveli entered at No. 6 with 37,000.