The R&B star's 'Confessions' sweeps away the competition...

USHER has held on to the Number One spot in the BILLBOARD album chart for the third week, with total sales exceeding the 2.1 million mark.

The R&B sensation’s ‘Confessions’ was largely uncontested this week (April 15), with sales dropping by just five per cent to 463,000 units over the Easter holiday period.

[a][/a]’s ‘Damita Jo’ fell from Number Two to Three, with sales falling by 61 per cent to 147,000.

Figures, provided by Nielsen SoundScan, show that US album sales where up around 21 per cent compared with this time last year, with 13.2 million units being shifted.

Despite fears over downloading, record sales for the year are up about 10.5 per cent ahead of 2003, according to Billboard.

Other new entries on the Billboard 200 pop album countdown included Tamia’s ‘More’ at 17 and Modest Mouse at 19 with ‘Good News For People Who Love Bad News’.