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Confessions (Usher album)

Studio album by Usher
Released March 23, 2004
Recorded 2002–04
Genre R&B
Length 60:30
Label Arista
Producer Usher Raymond (exec.), Antonio "LA" Reid (exec.), Jermaine Dupri, Destro Music, Lil Jon, Rich Harrison, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Robin Thicke, Bryan-Michael Cox, Just Blaze, Dre & Vidal, Bobby Ross Avila, James "Big Jim" Wright
Usher chronology
Here I Stand
Alternative cover
Special edition cover
Singles from Confessions
  1. "Yeah!"
    Released: January 27, 2004
  2. "Burn"
    Released: March 21, 2004
  3. "Confessions Part II"
    Released: June 1, 2004
  4. "My Boo"
    Released: August 31, 2004
  5. "Caught Up"
    Released: November 30, 2004

Confessions is the fourth studio album by American R&B recording artist Usher; it was released on March 23, 2004, by Arista Records. Recording sessions for the album took place during 2003 to 2004 with production by Jermaine Dupri, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and Lil Jon, among others. Primarily an R&B album, Confessions showcases Usher as a crooner and incorporates musical elements of hip hop and crunk. The album's themes generated controversy about Usher's personal relationship; however, the album's primary producer Jermaine Dupri claimed the record reflects his personal story.

The album was an instant commercial success in the United States, selling 1.1 million copies in its first week. Its continued success was bolstered by its four chart-topping singles. As a strategy to boost its sales amid threats of bootlegging, a special edition was issued with the hit single "My Boo". Despite some mixed criticism towards its lyrical substance, Confessions received mostly positive reviews and earned Usher several awards, including a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album.

The album has been regarded by music writers as Usher's greatest work, and according to Billboard, is the second best-selling album of the 2000s decade in the United States. With over eight million copies sold in 2004, the album's commercial success was viewed as a sign of recovering record sales in the US, following three years of decline. It was also exemplary of urban music's commercial peak and dominance of the Billboard charts in 2004. Confessions has been certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and, as of 2012, has sold 10 million copies in the US.


  • Background and recording 1
  • Composition 2
    • Music and style 2.1
  • Release 3
    • Marketing 3.1
    • Tour 3.2
  • Public reaction 4
  • Commercial performance 5
  • Critical reception 6
    • Accolades 6.1
  • Impact 7
  • Track listing 8
  • Personnel 9
  • Charts 10
    • Weekly charts 10.1
    • Decade-end charts 10.2
  • Certifications 11
  • See also 12
  • References 13
  • External links 14

Background and recording

When he began recording the album "Confessions" in 2003, Usher claimed he did not want to work with any new producers.[1] Production began between Usher and Jermaine Dupri, who produced his last two albums, My Way (1997) and 8701 (2001).[1] In spite of his vision, Usher stated, "With this album I chose some new producers who I figured would definitely allow me to really articulate myself in a different way ... Every album you gotta grow. You gotta look for something different."[2] Dupri also invited his frequent collaborator Bryan-Michael Cox. The album features productions by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Just Blaze, R. Kelly, and Usher's brother James Lackey.[3]

With forty recorded songs, Usher felt the album had already been completed.[3] Initially, he submitted the album to his record label, Atlantian's Lil Jon and Ludacris. Eventually, the team was able to produce songs like "Red Light" and "Yeah!". He also recorded songs with P. Diddy and The Neptunes during one of those sessions but were not released.[4]


One of Usher's first steps of recording Confessions was deciding to reveal "his own little secrets".[1] Friend and former A&R rep named Kawan "KP" Prather thought the album would let the public know Usher personally, as Kawan "KP" Prather speaks, "The music has never been the question, but people tend to buy into the artist. The more they know about you, the more they feel like they're there with you."[1] Primarily because of its personal content, Usher said that this is his chance to be real.[5] He named the album Confessions because he felt it is his most personal record to date: "All of us have our Pandora's boxes or skeletons in our closets. I let a few of them out, you know. I've got a lot to say. I've got a lot of things and stuff built in me that I just want to let go of."[6] He wrote more songs than he contributed to his previous album.

Several of the songs in this album were conceptually based on a situation. For instance, "Burn" which it has built around the situation where Usher's two-year relationship with Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas from an American R&B-hip hop girl group TLC has almost ended.[7] Dupri and Cox were talking and felt that there was a song in it, and started writing.[1] Same through with the supposedly title track "Confessions Part II"; they were conversing about an impregnated mistress, and its concept was written down.[1] Usher has recorded "Confessions Part II" during a July 2003's recording sessions in New York City, United States. With Usher singing the song's lyrics, the theme of cheating inspired him and Dupri; which both of them has decided to produce these two parts; "Confessions Part I" and "Confessions Part II (which the former has heard it at the beginning of the video for the latter).[5]

Music and style

The song is set in common time and has a moderate groove.[8] Its lyrics centers on the narrator's confession about impregnating his mistress.[4]

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Confessions falls dominantly in the R&B genre.[2][3] Usher commented that he chose to work with collaborators who know "... how to interpret R&B from a jazz standpoint, an old school throwback standpoint, a new school point, a traditional classic standpoint ..."[9] With producers and him set to produce such an album, however, other musical genres including hip hop were incorporated. While he wanted to do R&B,[1] Usher also wanted his fans to experience hip hop at the same time: "I try to think outside the box."[9] When Lil Jon came on the scene, crunk was introduced to the R&B-centered album, specifically on the Sean Garrett-penned song "Yeah!". Usher said, "'Yeah!' could be called the first consciously styled "crunk R&B" record."[6] The album also includes various slow jams.[5]

This record also introduces a new style for Usher, focusing on his voice and technique. Andre "Dre" Harris and Vidal Davis listened to 8701 and felt that "Usher really needs to sing hard and let people know his vocal ability".[1] With efforts focused on the record to demonstrate his vocal ability to listeners, songs such as "Superstar" and "Follow Me" exhibited Usher in a type of "crooner mode".[1] The ballad-oriented "Burn" also showcases his vocal aptitude.[10]


Confessions was slated to be released on November 6, 2003. However, due to marketing issues, the scheduled date was moved to March 23 of the following year.[1][3] With several songs recorded, Usher faced the challenge of determining the final track listing. Usher, Dupri, Reid, and then-A&R rep Mark Pitts have their favorites among the forty, but decided to choose those which "came up consistently more".[1] The collective was able to decide fifteen of them with two interludes completing the seventeen track list. Many songs were set aside for future use, including "Red Light" and a remix of "Yeah!". Usher and Arista held advance-listenings for the album, few months before its actual release; he also appeared on TV guestings to promote Confessions.[4]

With strategies to boost the album's sales albeit threats of stealing music in the internet, Usher and his management readied a follow-up release of Confessions with additional marketing blitz.[11] The idea was considered "musically driven" after Zomba, who absorbed Arista, management was excited about "My Boo", a song that was recorded for the original version of the album but failed to meet deadline.[11] However, it actually began when American R&B and soul singer Alicia Keys, who is featured on the track, "brought in that the talk of repackaging started".[11] With the inclusion of "My Boo", they thought of the album as complete.[12] While they knew of other artists releasing special editions of their albums, the label felt that Confessions had the edge because of its previous success and its physical changes, including a new cover art, an expanded CD booklet, pullout poster and a letter to fans from Usher.[11] The new version includes "My Boo" and "Red Light", which were leaked alongside other songs that did not appear in the album,[13] and a remix of "Confessions Part II", and "Seduction"; original tracks were also improved like the extended version of "Confessions Part I" and a rap added by American rapper Jadakiss in "Throwback". The label itself treated the version a new album, with full media advertisements.[11] The album was re-issued in October 2004,[14] seven months after its initial release.[15]


When "Yeah!" was issued, Usher and the label were plagued by marketing strategies. With many potential lead singles that could fare well in music markets, they were choosing between "Yeah!" and "Burn".[1] Considering that the former sufficed what the label was looking for, they also believed the latter would be a blockbuster.[1][3] Usher as well was skeptical that time if "Yeah!"—which is largely composed around crunk—would be a good choice after doing an R&B record was in his mindset.[1][6] Meanwhile, they felt "Burn" also failed to meet their expectations: "'Burn' being a great song is one thing, but it's one of them things where people said, 'It's strong, but can we make history with that?' At the end of the day, you want an event."[1] KP recalled, "Everybody was scared to make that first step."[1]

With much debate between two songs, "Burn" was originally chosen as the lead single, with plans of filming its music video in late 2003.[2] Meanwhile, Lil Jon leaked "Yeah!" to DJs across the United States in November 2003.[1][4] Originally, the label did not intend "Yeah!" as a proper single. Released to street DJs and mixtapes, it was meant to cultivate fans who waited for three years since the release of 8701.[6] While record labels stayed idle during the Christmas season, "Yeah!" was getting favorable and quick response from radio stations though nobody was promoting; it was finally released as the lead single.[1][6] To keep the album atop the chart, "My Boo" was targeted for release after "Confessions Part II" was diminishing on the Hot 100.[12] The B-side of the UK release includes "Red Light" and "Sweet Lies". The single again topped the Hot 100, giving the album its fourth consecutive number-one. "Caught Up" was released as the album's fifth and final single, and reached number eight in the United States.[16]


Usher supported the album with a two-month concert tour called "The Truth Tour". The tour set featured a small stage up on top of the main stage, where the band played with Usher and his supporting dancers left with enough room to perform. The smaller stage had a mini platform attached to it—which lowered to the main stage—and had two big staircases on both sides of it. To the left, a group of circular staircases climbed to the top, and to the right, there was a fire escape replete with steps and an elevator. Kanye West, who had finished his own headlining tour for his 2004 album The College Dropout, was the opening act for "The Truth Tour".[17]

Preceding Usher's entrance was a short movie showing him getting dressed, following on with him performing the opening song "Caught Up", with Usher dressed in all white.[18] The second song performed was "You Make Me Wanna...", where two dancers stayed on the top stage with Usher while two male dancers came out to the lower level with two chairs each in their hands. Each dancer threw one chair up to the top, with Usher already in hand with his own chair, with everyone following a set dance routine.[18] Following this, Usher performed "U Remind Me", where he danced by himself during a breakdown of the track.[18] He then sang "That's What It's Made For", following on with the song "Bad Girl", where Usher was dressed up in a lavender suit and came out in a chrome chair.[18] During the song, Usher picked out a female from the crowd, transitioning to "Superstar", singing to the fan.[18] Usher continued singing to the fan, performing "Can U Handle It?", closing the song by kissing the fan who then left the stage.[18] Usher closed his performance with Confessions‍ '​ lead single "Yeah!".[18]

"The Truth Tour" commenced on August 5, 2004 in Hampton, Virginia and concluded on October 7, 2004 in New York.[17] It was ranked as one of the highest grossing tours of 2004, grossing $29.1 million.[19]

Public reaction

After Usher along with his label held a few listening parties for the album,[20] controversies spread about the mistress-impregnating concept of "Confessions Part II".[4] Although Usher did not foresee such reaction of the album,[20] Dupri already inferred, while making the album, what would be their reaction: "People are gonna question [Usher] on a couple of little lyrics ..."[5] Coincidentally, Usher ended his relationship with Chilli early in 2004.[21] People were speculating about their breakup given the material of the album and his early interviews about its themes. With lyrics Usher admitted to have written because of his guilty conscience, people assumed that he and Chilli broke up because he was unfaithful.[21] In a February 2004 radio interview, Chilli claimed that Usher "cheated" on her that caused their relationship to split.[22]

Amidst widespread rumors, Usher stated, "People assume things, because as I said, I pull from my personal experiences to make my music."[5] He added that he loved Chilli, however, "... it just didn't work out. But cheating is not what caused the relationship to collide and crash ..."[21] Although "Burn" is a reference to his dying relationship with Chilli[7]—hence the title—Usher answered the press that the impregnating issue was not taken from a specific situation in his life.[6] He also revealed that his friends who went through similar situations inspired him to write those songs: "... it's just something that I collectively got energy from everybody around me that had been through it."[20] In early 2006, Dupri revealed that the story behind the album is his: "... me cheating on my steady girlfriend, having a baby with that other woman and having to confess to everything that happened to my main girl."[7]

Commercial performance

Confessions was commercially successful, selling nearly 1.096 million copies in the United States in its first week of release.[23] It became the highest-ever first week sales by an R&B artist,[23] the second-highest first week sales for a male artist, and the seventh-highest first week sales of the recorded album charts history by SoundScan at the time of its release.[4] It also equates the combined first-week sales of his four previous album releases, including his live album called Live.[24] The feat also carved history in Arista records having the first in any of their released albums to reach such sales. The success of the thirty-year-old record label, however, was attributed to its merging with Zomba Records.[24] As of March 2013 it has the tenth highest first week album sales in history.[25]

The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, becoming Usher's first number-one album.[24] Confessions also hit number-one on the Canadian Albums Chart and the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.[26] Its early, and successive, progress on the chart was said to be partly sustained by its strong single releases and plenty of press appearances and promotions.[24] With "Yeah!" propelling the album's debut atop the chart,[24] "Burn", the second single off the album, facilitated Confessions's continuing dominance as well.[27] The first two released singles were competing on the Billboard Hot 100; the latter ended the twelve-week number-one chart run of the former.[28] As the album's third single, "Confessions Part II", was about to top the chart and Usher to join with English pop and rock group The Beatles as the only acts to achieve three consecutive number-one singles, American R&B singer Fantasia Barrino's debut single "I Believe" prevented it from happening.[29] Despite this, Usher became the first artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay with three consecutive number-one singles.[29] "Burn" achieved only eight non-consecutive weeks on the Hot 100 after "Confessions Part II" topped the chart; it became Usher's second time to replace his own single at the top.[29] "Yeah!" and "Burn" were 2004's top best-selling singles in the United States, placing at number one and two respectively on the Billboard Chart Year-Ender. Again, it honored Usher being the first act to achieve the feat since 1964 with the Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "She Loves You".[14]

The album continued its dominance on the chart. D12 World by D12 ended its five consecutive weeks run at the top spot;[30] however, Confessions reclaimed the position the following week.[31] The album spent a total 9 non-consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard 200, becoming the longest-running number one album of the millennium until 2009, when country singer Taylor Swift spent 11 weeks atop the charts with Fearless.[32] Over one month after its release, Confessions was certified three-time platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for three million US shipments.[33] Confessions topped the list of the most-shipped albums of 2004 in the United States.[34] To date, the album has shipped over ten million copies in the US and has received a diamond certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Confessions serves as the second best-selling album of the 2000s decade in the US.[35] In July 2012, it reached sales of 10 million copies in the US, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[36] It has sold over 20 million copies worldwide.[37]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic [38]
Entertainment Weekly B+[39]
The Guardian [40]
Los Angeles Times [41]
Q [42]
Rolling Stone [43]
Slant Magazine [44]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5[45]
USA Today [11]
Vibe 3.5/5[46]

Confessions received generally positive reviews from critics. At 8701, Confessions is a top-of-the-line pop-soul showcase that ... manages to be commercially savvy without coming off as too desperate. Sorta like Usher himself."[49] Kelefa Sanneh of The New York Times said that near the end, the songwriting "fails" Usher on a "heavily front-loaded" R&B album, but felt that his performance is solid throughout:

The pleasure of listening to Usher is the pleasure of listening to a singer who knows exactly what he's doing. 'Truth Hurts,' a seemingly innocent (if plaintive) 1970's throwback, turns nasty when the narrator suddenly reveals that the first two verses were full of lies. Which raises the question: are these supposed 'confessions' true? He loves toying with his audience this way, loves telling us exactly how bad he is, then daring us to believe him.[50]

In a mixed review, Caroline Sullivan of The Guardian criticized its "production gloss" and said that, although Usher's "fluid delivery" redeems weak tracks, there are only two "great songs"—"Yeah!" and the title track—and "17 less so."[40] Rolling Stone writer Laura Sinagra said that he "is coming of age, again", but "still doesn't quite cut it as a horny roughneck".[43] Jon Caramanica of Blender viewed that Usher's songwriting "isn't a strength, and his ballads often drown in their own inanity".[51] The Washington Post‍ '​s Elizabeth Mendez Berry called Confessions "Usher's strongest recording to date" but found the more sexual songs mundane.[52] Robert Christgau from The Village Voice cited "Confessions Part II" and "Bad Girl" as "choice cuts",[53] indicating "a good song on an album that isn't worth your time or money".[54]


The album earned Usher numerous accolades. At the 47th Grammy Awards, he was nominated for eight categories and won three: Best Contemporary R&B Album, Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal (for "My Boo") and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (for "Yeah!"). Usher won awards at the 2005 Soul Train Music Awards: R&B/Soul Album, Male (for Confessions); R&B/Soul Single, Male for ("Confessions Part II"); R&B/Soul Single, Group, Band or Duo (for "My Boo"); and R&B/Soul or Rap Dance Cut (for "Yeah!").[55] At the 2004 American Music Awards, he won four, including Favorite Soul/R&B Album and Favorite Male Soul/R&B Artist. At the 2004 Billboard Music Awards, Usher racked up eleven awards, including Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, and Hot 100 Song of the Year for "Yeah!". In December 2009 it was ranked as the best solo album and second best overall album of the 2000–2009 decade.[35] Its singles Yeah!, Burn, and My Boo were all ranked as some of the best songs of the 2000–2009 decade, respectively placing in order at number two, number 21, and number 36.[56][57][58]


With sales of more than eight million in 2004,[59] Confessions was the most-shipped album of the year in the US.[60] Along with the success of the American singer Norah Jones's second album, Feels like Home (2004), as well as breakthroughs albums by many new and old artists, it was seen as a sign that US record sales were slowly recovering after three straight years of decline due to competing DVDs and video games and the prevalent music piracy. By the end of 2004, the industry had sold 667 million albums, an increase of about 1.6 percent, as recorded by Nielsen SoundScan. Compared with sales records in 2003, the figures showed eight percent increase.[59] The album's success also exemplified urban music's commercial dominance during the early 2000s, which featured massive crossover success on the Billboard charts by R&B and hip hop artists.[61] In 2004, all 12 songs that topped the Billboard Hot 100 were African-American recording artists and accounted for 80% of the number-one R&B hits that year.[61] Along with Usher's streak of singles, Top 40 radio and both pop and R&B charts were topped by OutKast's "Hey Ya!", Snoop Dogg's "Drop It Like It's Hot", Terror Squad's "Lean Back", and Ciara's "Goodies".[61] Chris Molanphy of The Village Voice later remarked that "by the early 2000s, urban music was pop music."[61]

In a year-end article for The New York Times, writer Ben Sisario dubbed 2004 "the year of Usher".[14] The success of the album put Usher in the mainstream, becoming the biggest artist of 2004.[60] Others also said that Usher might be the successor of Michael Jackson.[62] The success of the album had also facilitated Usher to branch out to non-musical ventures. He has opened a restaurant, starred in a film, launched his record label and recruited artists, and has done philanthropic activities like his efforts in helping 2005 Hurricane Katrina victims.[63] Usher was not the only person who benefited from the album's significant critical and commercial success. Bryan-Michael Cox, who co-wrote and co-produced "Burn", earned credibility in the music industry for his role in the album. Cox had been producing records for several notable American artists, including Alicia Keys, B2K, Mariah Carey and Destiny's Child, among others, but he considered "Burn" as his crowning moment, which earned him two Grammy Award nominations. With 2004 deemed to be his introduction to a larger, more mainstream audience, Cox stated in an interview for MTV that many people were starting to recount what he had done.[64]

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro"     James Lackey, Usher Raymond 0:46
2. "Yeah!" (featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris) Jonathan Smith, Sean Garrett, Patrick "J. Que" Smith, Christopher Bridges, Robert McDowell, James Phillips, LaMarquis Jefferson Lil Jon, Garrett 4:10
3. "Throwback"   Richard P. Butler, Jr., Justin Smith, Que Smith, Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland, Edward Holland, Richard Wylie Just Blaze 4:46
4. "Confessions (Interlude)"     Raymond, Valdez Brantley, Juan Johnny Najera, Aaron Spears, Arthur Strong 1:15
5. "Confessions Part II"   Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox, Raymond Dupri, Cox 3:31
6. "Burn"   Dupri, Cox, Raymond Dupri, Cox 3:51
7. "Caught Up"   Andre Harris, Vidal Davis, Jason Boyd, Ryan Toby Andre Harris & Vidal Davis 3:44
8. "Superstar (Interlude)"     Raymond, Brantley, Najera, Spears, Strong 1:04
9. "Superstar"   Harris, Davis, Boyd, Toby, Nyticka Hemingway Andre Harris & Vidal Davis 3:11
10. "Truth Hurts"   James Harris III, Terry Lewis, Raymond, Bobby Ross Avila, Issiah J. Avila Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Bobby Ross Avila & IZ 3:51
11. "Simple Things"   Harris III, Lewis, Raymond, B. Avila, I. Avila Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Bobby Ross Avila & IZ 4:40
12. "Bad Girl"   Harris III, Lewis, Raymond, Danté Barton, Wil Guice, B. Avila, I. Avila Destro Music, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Bobby Ross Avila & IZ 4:21
13. "That's What It's Made For"   Harris III, Lewis, Raymond, B. Avila, I. Avila, James Q. Wright Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Bobby Ross Avila & IZ, Wright 4:37
14. "Can U Handle It?"   Robin Thicke, James Gass, Robert Daniels, Raymond Thicke, Pro J 4:39
15. "Do It to Me"   Dupri, Cox, Raymond Dupri, Cox 3:33
16. "Take Your Hand"   Rich Harrison, Raymond, Leon Huff, Gene McFadden, John Whitehead Harrison 2:45
17. "Follow Me"   Harris, Davis, Boyd, Toby Andre Harris & Vidal Davis, Toby, Boyd 3:13
  • ^[a] signifies a vocal producer
  • ^[b] signifies a co-producer
  • "Throwback" contains a sample of Dionne Warwick's 1973 "You're Gonna Need Me".
  • "Superstar" contains a sample of Willie Hutch' 1973 "Mack's Stroll/The Getaway (Chase Scene)".
  • "Truth Hurts" uses the production of Janet Jackson's "Could This Be Love", an outtake from Damita Jo.[65]
  • "Take Your Hand" contains a sample of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes' 1973 "Is There a Place for Me?"
  • Faith Evans performs uncredited background vocals on "Superstar".[66]


Credits for Confessions adapted from AllMusic.[67]



Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[89] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[90] 6× Platinum 600,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[91] Gold 20,000^
France (SNEP)[92] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[93] Gold 100,000^
Hungary (MAHASZ)[94] Platinum 20,000x
Japan (RIAJ)[95] Platinum 250,000^
Macau (IFPI)[96][97]UsherConfessionsalbumCertRef">UNSUPPORTED OR EMPTY REGION: Macau (IFPI)[98]. Platinum 10.000*
Netherlands (NVPI)[99] Gold 40,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[100] 3× Platinum 45,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[101] Platinum 40,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[102] 5× Platinum 1,500,000^
United States (RIAA)[103] Diamond 10,000,000[36]
Venezuela (IFPI)[104][105]UsherConfessionsalbumCertRef">UNSUPPORTED OR EMPTY REGION: Venezuela (IFPI)[106]. Platinum 30.000*
Europe (IFPI)[107] 2× Platinum 2,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

See also


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External links

  • Confessions at Discogs (list of releases)
Preceded by
Feels like Home by Norah Jones
D12 World by D12
Under My Skin by Avril Lavigne
Billboard 200 number-one album
April 4, 2004 – May 8, 2004
May 16, 2004 – June 5, 2004
June 13, 2004 – June 19, 2004
Succeeded by
D12 World by D12
Under My Skin by Avril Lavigne
Contraband by Velvet Revolver
Preceded by
George Michael
UK number one album
April 3, 2004 – April 9, 2004
Succeeded by
Anastacia by Anastacia
Preceded by
Get Rich or Die Tryin' by 50 Cent
Billboard 200 Year-End
Succeeded by
The Massacre by 50 Cent
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