It’s Usher’s lowest first week in more then a decade but my man still came out on top! Why so few units shifted? Blame it on the heavy hiphop/r&b singles her chose to lead this album, while “Raymond v Raymond”‘s promo was led by the billboard #1 single “OMG” and other more commercial selections from the album..
Billboard reports the following:
Usher secures his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as “Looking 4 Myself” debuts atop the list with 128,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The pop/R&B star’s last full-length studio album, 2010’s “Raymond v Raymond,” also launched at No. 1, but with bigger sales. It started with 329,000. “Looking” also registers Usher’s smallest first-week sales for a regular studio album since 1997’s “My Way” bowed with 67,000.
The new album was ushered in by its lead single “Climax,” which is in its ninth straight week at No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Of Usher’s 12 No. 1s on the R&B/Hip-Hop tally, only one has spent more weeks at No. 1: “You Make Me Wanna . . .” (with 11).
On the pop side of things, “Looking 4 Myself’s” top 40-focused single “Scream” rises 11-10 on the Pop Songs airplay chart. It regains its No. 10 peak, having slipped 10-11 last week. On the all-format Billboard Hot 100
chart, “Scream” slipped 13-14 last week (though it was still gaining in points). The new Hot 100 will be compiled today (June 20).