50 Cent has been trying to steal some of Kanye West's thunder in recent days.
First, the G-Unit captain credited himself with paving the way for the Louis Vuitton Don's rise, suggesting in an MTV News interview that The College Dropout benefited from timing (see "50 Cent: 'I Feel Like Kanye West Is Successful Because Of Me' "). Then, 50 released a beefed-up, redesigned version of his chartbusting LP The Massacre featuring Mobb Deep on an "Outta Control" remix and a bonus DVD with videos for each of the album's tracks as well as trailers for his upcoming film, "Get Rich or Die Tryin'," and video game, "Bulletproof."
Try as he might, 50's lunge for Kanye's Billboard throne failed to get the job done. West's Late Registration spends a second straight week on top with more than 283,000 scans, pushing the disc over the 1 million mark despite a 67 percent sales drop.
50 Cent scored sales of close to 154,000 with the reissue — quite a feat when you consider that the album has been available for over six months and has already sold over 4 million copies.
Billboard's third-place finisher — Rolling Stones' first studio effort in nearly a decade — debuted big, but the rock icons didn't threaten West's position. A Bigger Bang scored opening-week scans of close to 129,000, ranking as the chart's best-performing debut disc by well over 100,000 copies. The new release charting closest to the Stones belongs to rapper AZ, whose A.W.O.L. checks in at #73 with 11,000 plus scans, followed by Sarah McLachlan's Bloom remix album at #76. Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand's Dream Big claims the chart's #87 with debut-week sales of over 10,000, Against Me!'s Searching for a Former Clarity finishes at #114, and Between the Buried and Me's Alaska is in at #121 with close to 8,000 copies sold.
The Black Eyed Peas' Monkey Business climbs two spots to #4 with scans of 83,000 and change, followed by Mariah Carey's The Emancipation of Mimi, at #5 with over 81,000 copies sold. 50 Cent associate Tony Yayo's Thoughts of a Predicate Felon falls four chart positions to #6 with second-week sales of over 70,000, followed at #7 by the 19th Now That's What I Call Music! compilation, netting scans of more than 68,000.
Green Day's American Idiot surges four spots to #8 thanks to an 11 percent sales increase, resulting in more than 67,000 discs scanned. Hilary Duff's Most Wanted collection takes #9 with sales of close to 64,000. Rounding out the top 10 is Young Jeezy's Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101, which moved 62,000 copies during its seventh week in stores.
Kelly Clarkson might be battling bronchitis, but sales of her album Breakaway are still healthy. The disc takes Billboard's #11 with sales of nearly 56,000, followed at #12 by Gorillaz's Demon Days with scans of 47,000 and then some. Country duo Brooks and Dunn check in at #13 with Hillbilly Deluxe — which sold only 300 fewer units than Demon Days — and Fall Out Boy's From Under the Cork Tree climbs four spots to #14 with 46,000 copies sold. Coldplay's X&Y finishes at #15 with over 41,000 sold, just in front of Death Cab for Cutie's Plans. That LP was the previous week's #4 finisher and plunges to #16 this time around, with scans of over 38,000 representing a 57 percent sales decline.
For more on Kanye West and his Late Registration, check out the feature "All Eyes On Kanye West."