Usher?s 2004 ?Confessions? album hits a milestone sales achievement this week, surpassing 10 million in U.S. sales according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The feat is notable in that it is only the 19th album to sell 10 million since SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. In the week ending July 1, ?Confessions? sold another 2,000 copies, bringing its overall sum just over the 10 million mark.

Previous to ?Confessions,? the last album to sell 10 million was Eminem?s ?The Eminem Show,? which was released in 2002 and crossed the threshold in the sales week that ended Oct. 2, 2011.

Among all albums in the SoundScan era, the highest seller is Metallica?s ?Metallica,? with 15.8 million. Shania Twain?s ?Come On Over? is in second place with 15.5 million and Alanis Morissette?s ?Jagged Little Pill? is in third with 14.8 million.

?Confessions,? first released on March 23, 2004, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 1.1 million sold in its first week. It is one of only 17 albums to sell 1 million in a single week. ?Confessions? spent nine weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and contains the hit singles ?Yeah!,? ?Burn? and ?Confessions Part II.? All three of those reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

Albums With 10 Million in U.S. Sales, 1991-Present:

Artist Title (Year) Sales To Date*

Metallica Metallica (1991) 15.79 million

Shania Twain Come On Over (1997) 15.52 million

Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill (1995) 14.75 million

Backstreet Boys Millennium (1999) 12.19million

The Beatles 1 (2000) 12.07 million

Whitney Houston/ Soundtrack The Bodyguard (1992) 12.03 million

Santana Supernatural (1999) 11.73 million

Creed Human clay 11.59 million

?N Sync No Strings Attached (2000) 11.13 million

Bob Marley & the Wailers Legend (1984) 11.06 million**

Norah Jones Come Away With Me (2002) 10.85 million

Celine Dion Falling Into You (1996) 10.79 million

Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP (2000) 10.61 million

Britney Spears . . .Baby One More Time (1999) 10.55 million

Hootie & the Blowfish Cracked Rear View (1994) 10.27 million

Soundtrack Titanic (1997) 10.17 million

Backstreet Boys Backstreet Boys (1997) 10.12 million

Eminem The Eminem Show (2002) 10.08 million

Usher Confessions (2004) 10.00 million

sales through the week ending July 1, 2012
**11.06 million between 1991-present; earlier sales not included

Source : billboard

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