Kanye Squashes 50 Selling Nearly a Mil

 |  September 19, 2007

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno

      Finally, the numbers are in. Kanye West’s “Graduation” is the #1 album in the country selling 957,000 copies in its first week according to Billboard. 50 Cent grabs the #2 spot on the charts selling 691,000 copies and country star Kenny Chesney is at #3 selling 387,000 copies. To put things in perspective, when Talib Kweli was #2 on the charts in August, he only moved 60,000 copies.

      This week’s album sales are the largest the industry has seen in two years and Kanye’s album sales is the largest by any album since 50 Cent’s The Massacre dropped in 2005, moving 1.1 million copies in its first week. Kanye’s album also set a new record for digital downloads by selling 133,000 digital album downloads beating the old record of 102,000 by Maroon 5. 50 Cent’s album only had 58,000 digital album sales this week. To add insult to injury, Kanye is also #1 on the U.K. charts and 50 is #2.

      50 Cent is already crying foul with the numbers though. In an interview with the LA Times, 50 said Def Jam, Kanye’s label, isn’t playing fair.

      "I think the perception on some levels would be that Kanye West is generating more interest than 50 Cent regardless of actual record sales," 50 said. "He’s never had a fraction of the sales 50 Cent has. So when you see him come out and it’s like they were close? They could have one scan and have it count four times."

      But in the same LA Times story, Billboard’s director of charts Geoff Mayfield that there are safeguards in place that prevent market rigging so it’ll hardly be the case.

      "The problem is, you’re spending real money to post an artificial sale," Mayfield said. "I don’t know of a single instance where someone paid to make an album look bigger and it ended up becoming a bigger hit."

  • http://www.ihiphop.com/capitalALG astrogreen

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  • http://www.ihiphop.com/Fresh_Nigga Fresh_Nigga810

    Obvisiously The Massacre was his best work n this thrid shit ain’t fuckin with his best work so but neither is Kanye Late Registeration was tight n had over 13 tracks this Graduation was just put together fast as hell he should’ve thru sum more skits like he did on the last two n kept bernie mac but i guess niggas always wanna change up n lose numbers

  • http://www.ihiphop.com/justjae bigjae2k1

    i agree with fresh nigga810 50 shit is ok but its nothing like his older shit and fresh that wasnt bernie mac on kanyes late joint that was deray davis

  • http://www.ihiphop.com/Bragonti_45 Carlito Bragonti33

    Good for Kanye. Good for hip hop. They both did sumthing that we havent seen rappers do. SELL RECORDS.Sorry . TI sold some records this year

  • http://www.ihiphop.com/jaybizzy ellasyani

    hahaha fuck 50, played out. period. Kanye won b4 this shit even started! retire homeboy!