NEW YORK - Four years after his "Confessions" rocked the charts, Usher returns to the Billboard 200 at No. 1 with "Here I Stand." With 433,000 U.S. copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the album is the second biggest debut this year behind the 463,000 start of Mariah Carey's "EMC2."
"Here I Stand" was led by the single "Love in This Club" featuring Young Jeezy, which was No. 1 for three weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. Usher's "Confessions" started at the penthouse in 2004 with a whopping 1,096,000 units and spent nine weeks on top.
Coming in at No. 2 is the soundtrack to the "Sex and the City" movie. With 66,000 copies sold, it's the highest debut for a multi-artist theatrical film soundtrack since "Get Rich or Die Tryin' " also started at No. 2 in November 2005.
3 Doors Down's self-titled set falls from first to third on a 59 percent sales decrease. Bun-B's Rap-A-Lot/Asylum set "II Trill" dropped from second to fourth place. Leona Lewis' "Spirit" rose from sixth to fifth, and Reprise's retrospective Frank Sinatra collection, "Nothing But the Best," slipped from fourth to sixth. Duffy's "Rockferry" moved into seventh place, bumping Carey's chart-topping "EMC2."
Al Green came in at No. 9 with "Lay it Down," his highest debut ever. Death Cab for Cutie's "Narrow Stairs" rounds out the top tier, falling from fifth to 10th place. *