*Usher looks poised to replace his protégé Justin Bieber atop the album chart next week.
According to Billboard, sales of Usher’s “Raymond v Raymond” will hover around 300,000 by week’s end on April 4, which would put him at No. 1 replacing Bieber’s “My World 2.0.”
Usher — who secured Bieber an audition with Island Def Jam CEO L.A. Reid in 2008 — topped the Billboard 200 his last time out in 2008 with “Here I Stand.” That album sold 443,000 copies in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. Thus far, it has moved 1.2 million in the U.S.
“Raymond v Raymond” has generated some Billboard chart hits, including a pair of top 10 singles on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart: “Papers” (No. 1) and “Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home)” (No. 3).
While Usher is on course for a No. 1 debut, Erykah Badu’s “New Amerykah Part Two” looks to make a high Billboard 200 entry and E-40 will also make waves with the dual debut of his two new albums: “Revenue Retrievin’: Day Shift” and “Revenue Retrievin’: Night Shift.”