As fans anticipate the launch of his forthcoming studio (and the Justin Timberlake-sized budget they hope it’ll be back by), Usher proves once again that his influence on Pop culture runs far deeper than most are aware of.
For, with the industry still yet to produce a fresh R&B male with the global appeal held by the ‘Burn’ belter, his fourth studio album has reached a milestone that solidifies his status as one of the greatest acts to grace Planet Pop…despite doing so on an R&B spaceship.
This week, the star’s 2004 release ‘Confessions’ was certified 5x Platinum in the United Kingdom for sales of 1,500,000 units.
1.5 million units…in the UK alone.
An epic feat considering the market’s relatively small population size, the album’s British success helped push its US total well over the 10 million mark, selling more units in the market than all seven of Rihanna‘s studio albums…combined.
With the above in mind, here’s hoping Usher‘s next album delivers the goods on all fronts. For, by way of the masses’ fickle nature, recent wins scored by both Justins and Robin Thicke have gone some way to dim Usher‘s PR light.
Ironic, considering the influence he’s had on each and every one of them.
So, after witnessing just how much glory ‘Confessions’ brought the star, one can only hope he uses every trick in the book to annihilate his competition in the style of ‘Beyonce.’
After all, this is a business, and with the industry’s ‘losing if you’re not winning’ mentality still in tact, Camp Usher better think again if they think a solid album, decent radio spins and a few TV sit downs are enough to pull in the numbers his talent and legacy are deserving of!
In other chart news, Lady GaGa’s ‘G.U.Y’ impacts Billboard’s ‘Bubbling Under‘ tally this week, debuting at #18 after the release of its official music video last week!