Yesterday, I said that Kanye West was on track to beat 50 Cent in their first week record sales. I also said that while Kanye West: Graduation wasn’t the best album in the world (nor was it Kanye’s best), it was decidedly better than 50 Cent: Curtis. The public seems to agree.
Figures have been released for the first week of sales and Kanye West has indeed defeated 50 Cent. As you recall, 50 Cent said that he would never release another solo album if this happened. So, did Curtis Jackson (50 Cent’s real name) take this defeat graciously? No, not exactly.
Yahoo! Music is reporting that 50 Cent and his camp is accusing Kanye West and Def Jam of “rigging” the numbers.
Jackson now insists that West’s label Def Jam must have doctored the sales figures, saying: “He’s never had a fraction of the sales 50 Cent has. They could have one scan and have it count four times. West’s entire career hasn’t sold half what I sold on my first album.”
They also note:
West’s single “Stronger” has also beaten 50 Cent’s “Ayo Technology” in the U.K.–charting at #3 and #5, respectively.
Suck it up, Fiddy. You’ve been beat. Quit your whining.
On a semi-related note, MediaTakeOut.com is saying that the battle between 50 Cent and Kanye West is just the tip of the iceberg. On November 20th, Mariah Carey and Mary J. Blige will be releasing albums of their own. I’d imagine it would be quite as dramatic a battle, unless Mariah ends up in rehab again.
UPDATE (9/18/07): Someone posted the numbers from HitsDailyDouble.com and they’re saying that Kanye West: Graduation sold 930,251 copies, whereas 50 Cent: Curtis clocked in at 659,682.