*Usher’s new album “Raymond v Raymond” sold 329,000 copies in its first week to give the singer his third consecutive No. 1 album on the pop chart.

It marks the third-best sales week of the year, following the debuts of Sade’s “Soldier of Love” (502,000) and Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” (481,000), according to Nielsen SoundScan.

“Raymond” ends the No. 1 run of Usher’s mentor Justin Bieber, whose album “My World 2.0” spent one week at the top before slipping to No. 2 this week.

Usher promoted the album release last week with stops on “American Idol” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” and on both he performed his new single “OMG.”

Hot on the heels of her controversial music video for “Window Seat,” in which she strolls naked through Dallas’ Dealey Plaza, Erykah Badu’s “New Amerykah, Part Two: Return of the Ankh” entered the chart at No. 4 with 110,000. It’s the follow up to 2008’s “New Amerykah: Part One (4th World War),” which bowed at No. 2 with 124,000.

Elsewhere on the album chart, Monica’s “Still Standing” fell four to No. 6 with 81,000 in its second week. Bieber’s first “My World” dropped three to No. 8 with 63,000.

Rounding out the top 10 were Lady Gaga’s “The Fame,” down one at No. 9 with 49,000; and the Black Eyed Peas’ “The E.N.D.” holding steady at No. 10 with 43,000.

Other new entries included rappers Method Man, Ghostface Killah and Raekwon’s “Wu Massacre” at No. 12.