MTV News caught up with some music retailers, who have big expectations for 50 Cent’s debut ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin”. “The first week it’ll sell between 500,000 and 600,000,” forecasted Sonya Askew, urban music buyer for the Sam Goody/Musicland chain. She said she based her prediction on the high interest in 50, who signed a joint deal with Eminem’s Shady Records and Dr. Dre’s Aftermath imprint. “This is going to be very strong. It will sell 50 to 60 percent of what [The Eminem Show] did, which isn’t bad.” Read more.
HitsDailyDouble.com reports that despite 50 Cent’s ‘Get Rich or Die Trying’ being released on a Thursday (instead of the traditional Tuesday release), the rapper will easily top 500,000 units sold, and could reach as high as 650,000. IGA marketing head Steve Berman says he hasn’t seen anything like this since the last Eminem album, which also came out early last Memorial Day Weekend, and ended up selling 1.7 million in a little under two weeks. “50 Cent has exceeded our wildest dreams,” he said. “It’s a tribute to the vision of Eminem and Dr. Dre and the artistry of 50 Cent.”
50 Cent and Mya stopped by MTV’s Total Request Live on Thursday (February 6) at MTV Studios Times Square in New York City. Check out pictures from the appearance at WireImage.com.
50 Cent stopped by MTV’s Total Request Live on Thursday to promote his new album ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’ which dropped on the non traditional release day. Check out a rough transcript by reading on.
Ja Rule is over the pond now in the U.K. continuing his beef with 50 Cent. He explained the origins of the beef to Radio 1. “People use the biggest artists out there to try and catapult their careers. It’s an old trick! But it works sometimes, unfortunately,” Ja sniffed. “But it’s not about tricks in this game, it’s about making good music and hit records. So the trick worked. Let’s see if he can keep making good music and hit records, because that’s what the game is all about. It’s not about gimmicks and tricks.”
Lola Ogunnaike of the New York Times spoke with 50 Cent who tells her he’s never had a “real” job before. “I’ve never had a job before,” he said. “I sold crack, and then I had the opportunity to write music, and I moved on it because I felt that it was positive. I can’t even identify with you when you tell me that you’ve got to get up and go to work in the morning. I hope I never have to.” Read more.
AOL.com members chatted with 50 Cent and asked the rapper if he and Eminem are doing a collaboration. “We got one on my album,” 50 said. “But we already did one on the ‘8 Mile’ Soundtrack… but the one on my album is just with me and him. It’s called ‘Patiently Waiting’ I’m very excited for that record to come out… but I don’t want to blow it and say it before you get a chance to hear the material the way I laid it.” Check out the entire interview here.
The New York Post reports Universal Music has canceled its post-Grammy bash amid fears that it would turn into a shootout between rival rappers. Recent violence triggered by rap star 50 Cent’s shunning of a record deal with Universal’s Murder Inc. label has execs on edge, sources close to the situation say. “It’s the first time in history they’ve caved to this stuff,” a tipster said. A company rep cited economic reasons, not fears of violence though. “That is ridiculous,” says the spokesman. “With the economy the way it is, it would seem insensitive to be hosting such a lavish affair, where there is an opportunity to do some good.”
Chuck Philips of the Los Angeles Times spoke with 50 Cent who described his shooting incident, that saw him get shot 9 times, and to top it off, lose his album with Columbia Records get put on ice. “When you get shot, where I’m from, if you can move your fingers and your toes afterward, you’re all right,” said 50 Cent. “In the ‘hood, it ain’t nothing shocking. You heal up. You get back to work. The truth is, losing that record deal hurt me more than that shooting.” The full story at northjersey.com has since been removed.
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It seems fans are hot for 50 Cent and can’t wait for the album’s February 11th release. A downloading frenzy began on the internet this week and 50’s label is fighting back. Read more.