An appropriate 50 weeks after Eminem's The Eminem Show entered the Billboard albums chart, the rapper's protégé 50 Cent has tied his mentor's six-week occupation of the #1 slot.
50 Cent's debut full-length LP, Get Rich or Die Tryin', sold nearly 128,000 copies, according to SoundScan figures released Wednesday (May 7). Since its February 6 release, the record has sold more than 4.5 million copies. His new album/DVD hybrid, The New Breed, dropped 11 slots to #21, selling more than 46,000 copies.
Even though 50 reclaimed the top spot after holding the #2 position last week, Get Rich or Die Tryin' sold fewer copies than it has in any other week since its release and 14,000 fewer than last week.
Album sales during the first quarter of 2003 are down 10 percent overall from 2002, according to SoundScan. Of course, if every new musical endeavor met with the success of "American Idol," the record business would probably turn around in no time. Two of the top five positions on the chart belong to the spawn of the popular television show. The #2 album is American Idol Season 2: All-Time Classic American Love Songs, which sold over 101,000 copies and ranks as the biggest chart debut.
"American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson nabbed the #3 position for the second week in a row with Thankful, which sold almost 100,000 copies, driving the album to gold status (500,000 or more in sales).
The Very Best of Cher climbs a notch to #4 (98,000), Norah Jones' Grammy-nabbing Come Away With Me inches up one slot to #5 (94,000), Evanescence's Fallen ascends one position to #6 (93,000) and Linkin Park's Meteora dips three to #7 (92,000).
Madonna's new American Life exhibits the most dramatic drop of the week, slipping from #1 to #8 (91,000).
The #9 spot goes to the soundtrack for "Lizzie McGuire" (71,000), which features Vitamin C covering "Volare" and Taylor Dayne's take on RuPaul's "Supermodel." Kelly Price, whose Priceless sold 69,000, debuts at #10.
Other notable chart debuts include dirty South rapper Bone Crusher, whose Attenchun! clocks in at #11 (68,000); Lil' Mo, whose sophomore offering, Meet the Girl Next Door, lands at #17 (53,000); Yeah Yeah Yeahs, whose full-length debut, Fever to Tell, lands at #67 (15,000); and Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio, whose Plasma cracks the chart at #102 (10,000).
After 18 weeks on the chart, T.A.T.U.'s 200 KM/H in the Wrong Lane continues to slide, dropping 17 positions to #98 (10,400).