USA Today reports that 50 Cent’s ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin” soundtrack sold a relatively weak 317,000 copies to enter Billboard at No. 2, a steep fall from the 872,000 copies the rapper’s same-titled album sold its first four days on shelves in early 2003. The new disc was eclipsed by Kenny Chesney’s ‘The Road and the Radio’, entering on top with 469,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Read more.
Billboard reports that Kanye West’s highly-anticipated album ‘Late Registration’ sold 860,000 copies in the week ended September 4th, according to Nielsen SoundScan, besting the nearest competition by more than 600,000. Tony Yayo’s ‘Thoughts of a Predicate Felon’ took the No. 2 slot with a 214,000-copy start.
Billboard reports that 50 Cent not only notches a fifth week atop the Billboard Hot 100 with ‘Candy Shop’ featuring Olivia, but the rapper also becomes the first artist in 41 years to hold four slots on the top 10.
Nelly’s ‘Over And Over’, featuring country singer Tim McGraw, knocked Jennifer Lopez’s ‘Get Right’ from the top slot of this week’s UK singles chart to #2, followed by Elvis Presley’s reissued classic, ‘His Latest Flame’, which debuted at #3. Girls Aloud’s ‘Wake Me Up’ debuted at #4, while Akon entered at #5 with ‘Locked Up’.
Billboard reports that The Game’s debut album ‘The Documentary’ appears on course to top 600,000 sales, based on first-day numbers cited by retail chains, easily enough for the G-Unit star to top the charts. The Game also has a chance to score the biggest opening week of any January since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991, just needed to top Alan Jackson’s 2002 CD, ‘Drive’, which cleared 423,000 units in the month’s final week.
Billboard reports that Green Day returned to the top of the U.S. pop charts Wednesday with its hit opus ‘American Idiot’, selling 100,167 copies, just 178 copies more than Eminem’s reigning champ ‘Encore’.
Tupac Shakur grabs his third posthumous Billboard 200 chart-topper as ‘Loyal to the Game’ enters the Billboard album chart at No. 1. The set, which sold 330,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, becomes the late rapper’s fifth No. 1 on the tally. Last week’s No. 1, Ludacris’ ‘Red Light District’ suffered a 34% sales decline to 214,000 and plummets to No. 12 on the chart.
Roger Friedman of FoxNews.com is turning his nose up on news that Eminem’s latest album ‘Encore’ sold “only” around 737,000 copies in its first few days of release. Friedman suggested that many of Slim’s fans were “turned off” by his anti-Bush rhetoric, the parody of Michael Jackson, and lip-synching ‘Mosh’ on ‘Saturday Night Live’. Read more.
Shady/Aftermath’s newest recruit, Stat Quo, is the latest edition to the circle of emcees who have been dominating album charts for the past few years. And with Stat receiving Dre and Eminem’s stamp of approval, the pressure that he is enduring must be unbearable. But Stat is seeing it in a whole different way and puts his own expectations on his music. The full article at ballerstatus.net has since been removed or relocated.
Nelly ended Natasha Bedingfield’s two-week run atop the UK singles chart with ‘My Place/Flap Your Wings’. In the #2 slot was JoJo with ‘Leave (Get Out)’, followed by Twista’s ‘Sunshine’ at #3 and Bedingfield’s ‘These Words’ dropped to #4.