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Janet's album upstaged by Usher
Janet Jackson
Singer Jackson last failed to debut at the top of the charts in 1989
Singer Janet Jackson's comeback album has failed to top the US chart.

Damita Jo, the star's first collection since 2001, was kept off the number one spot by R&B star Usher's Confessions.

It marks the first time since Jackson's Rhythm Nation in 1989 that she has not made a chart-topping debut.

The new album sold 381,000 copies in its first week.

Usher shifted 486,000 to extend his chart-winning run to a second week.

The sales for Damita Jo were considerably lower than her last outing All For You, at 605,000 in its first week.

The pop star initially kept a low profile following the incident at the Superbowl when she bared her breast live on national television.

1 Usher - Confessions
2 Janet Jackson - Damita Jo
3 Now That's What I Call Music (Volume 15)
4 Lil'Flip - U Gotta Feel Me
5 Aerosmith - Honkin' On Hobo
Source: Nielsen SoundScan

But she returned to US screens in recent weeks to promote her new release, appearing on high-profile programmes such as the David Letterman Show and Good Morning America.

This weekend, Jackson is due to be guest host and performer on the Saturday Night Live show.

Record retailers have said they do not think the Superbowl incident influenced sales of the album one way or the other.

"I think first week sales came from her fan base. It's getting some radio play but not as much as Usher," said Brent Caley, manager of Manifest Discs in South Carolina.

Usher has proved a chart hit on both sides of the Atlantic

But chairman of Virgin Records, Matt Serletic, said he was pleased with the sales figures, adding that Jackson's album was "a long-term project".

The two singles to be lifted from Damita Jo have received scant radio airplay, while MTV has only just said it will add the new video to its playlist.

Chart-topper Usher's Confessions is only the second album this year to sell more than one million copies in its first week, and is the biggest debut to date in 2004.

The Tennessee-born star also simultaneously held the number one spots on both the singles and album charts in the UK.

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