Usher’s “Raymond” To Sell 330-350k First Week, Erykah 110-120k



Usher proves you can’t have too many hits. With three smash singles at Urban radio, “There Goes My Baby,” “Lil’ Freak” and “Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home),” the LaFace/JLG R&B star’s Raymond v Raymond album will debut at #1 on next week’s HITS sales chart, sporting a total now pegged at 330-350k, which may even climb higher on anticipation of a busy Easter weekend at retail. Usher scored a combined, weekly audience of 44.6 million at Urban radio for all three singles, along with more than 1.5 million downloads and ringtones even before the album’s release yesterday.

Universal Motown’s Erykah Badu will be the next-highest newcomer, with 110-120k in sales for her new album, New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh), fueled by the controversial “nude” video for the first single, “Window Seat.” The clip, inspired by Matt and Kim’s Times Square disrobing, “Lessons Learned,” takes place by the grassy knoll in her hometown Dallas’ Dealey Plaza at the site of the JFK assassination.

via HitsDailyDouble

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