Kanye West Beats 50 Cent In First Week Sales — Both Rappers Respond

The much hyped sales week has ended, and after the official numbers have come in, Kanye West lands ahead of 50 Cent on the hip-hop charts with more thank a quarter million more sales.

According to Billboard, West’s Graduation debuts on the charts at no. 1, selling 957,000 copies of his third album. West crushes 50 Cent’s numbers with Curtis, his third album as well, which sells 691,000 (still an impressive number, despite losing to Kanye).

Both records outsold country singer Kenny Chesney’s Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates, an album seen as a possible threat to the two hip-hop titans, but Chesney only managed to scan 387,000 copies and locked down the no. 3 spot.

Graduation is the largest selling album since 50 Cent’s last album, The Massacre, which opened with 1.1 million copies in its first week back in March of 2005. Kanye’s sophomore release, Late Registration, which came out in August of 2005, was the last album to surpass 800,000 copies in first weeks sales, when it scanned 860,000 CDs.

After the official numbers came back, 50 responded, in a statement to the Associated Press, by saying that he was “very excited to have participated in one of the biggest album release weeks in the last two years. Collectively, we have sold hundreds of thousands of units in our debut week. This marks a great moment for hip-hop music, one that will go down in history.”

West is reported to have celebrated his victory at GQ’s 50th anniversary party on Tuesday (September 18) where he partied with Beyonce, Jay-Z and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs. He performed his latest single “Good Life.”

“To be a champion, you’ve got to take out a champion,” Ye said. “It feels overwhelming. Everyone is coming up to me and telling me how proud they are of me.”

Jay-Z also added that Fiddy’s immediate loss would not affect his overall attitude, and in fact, would benefit him. “The worst thing about success is it makes you complacent,” said the Def Jam president. “I think when you face any type of adversity it makes you dig deep … everyone goes through it, all the greats go through it. In his music, he hadn’t gone through any type of adversity. He’ll come back and make great music.”

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