Powered By Hip-Hop, Usher's 5th Album Breaks Records

Powered by his Hip-Hop tinged single "Yeah"

featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris, R&B sensation Usher moved 1.1 million units

of his fifth album, Confessions the first week in stores.

The album tallied the highest first week numbers

ever scanned by a male R&B artist, breaking R. Kelly's record of 540,000

for TP2 in 2000.

The album is also Arista's biggest debut in 30

years, breaking the previous record of 689,000 held by Notorious B.I.G.'s posthumous

album, Life After Death.

"My feeling has always been that Confessions

would be a landmark album for me," Usher said."I will be eternally

grateful to my friends at Arista for making that a reality."

Usher has sold more than 20 million records in

his career.