Usher's "Here I Stand" (LaFace/Zomba) continues to charge its way towards a No. 1 debut on next week's Billboard 200 albums chart, as it will once again lead Nielsen SoundScan's Building chart, when it is released later today (May 30).

Unweighted sales of "Stand" through the close of business Thursday, May 29 were 267,000. Depending on weekend sales, Usher has a chance to meet or possibly exceed the year's best sales week -- when Mariah Carey's "E=MC2" (Island) bowed with 463,000 in April.

The week of "E=MC2's" release, the album sang out with 295,000 on that week's Friday Building chart.

On the day of "Here I Stand's" release, Usher visited both MTV's "TRL" and BET's "106 & Park," while today (30) he played "Good Morning America."

Billboard estimates the nine merchants who report to Nielsen SoundScan's Building chart -- Trans World Entertainment, Best Buy, Circuit City, iTunes, Starbucks, Borders, Target, Anderson Merchandisers and Handleman Co. -- comprise about 80% of all U.S. album sales.