Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

Hey Maybe Hip-Hop Isn’t Dead? :: Kanye Nearly Platinum, Beats 50 By 266K!

Well, I guess Jay Smooth’s boycott call didn’t work out so well.

Kanye did 957,000 copies in 6 days. 50 did 691,000. The top 4 albums–including Kenny Chesney and High School Musical 2–did 2.2 mil copies. Industry execs are officially off suicide watch. It’s, like, their best week ever!

The biggest winners: cocaine dealers in Midtown Manhattan.

From this breaking story in Billboard, “Kanye Crushes 50 Cent In Huge Album Sales Week”:

The total for West’s “Graduation” is the largest by any album since 50 Cent’s “The Massacre” opened with 1.1 million copies in March 2005. West’s own August 2005 album, “Late Registration,” was the last album to surpass 800,000 copies when it began with 860,000…

The double punch provided by “Graduation” and “Curtis” also marks just the second time in that era that two albums have bowed in the same week with totals surpassing 600,000 copies.

The last such occasion was in September 1991, when Guns N’ Roses’ “Use Your Illusion II” led The Billboard 200 with 770,000 copies in the same week that the band’s companion album “Use Your Illusion I” bowed at No. 2 with 685,000, a pair of numbers now beaten by West and 50’s totals.

Jay-Z put it right, tho: “This is certainly a one-off. This is not going to happen every day.”

Now we can start taking bets on how bad sales this week will be.

posted by @ 5:56 pm | 3 Comments

3 Responses to “Hey Maybe Hip-Hop Isn’t Dead? :: Kanye Nearly Platinum, Beats 50 By 266K!”

  1. Scott says:

    “The biggest winners: cocaine dealers in Midtown Manhattan.”

    I don’t get it, though you hooked me. Now I have to know: Why are midtown dealers the biggest winners?

    Sorry for being little behind the curve.

  2. Robert.Near says:

    Ummm, while I don’t live in New York, nor have I ever been there, I assume Mr. Chang is making a comment about how, jubilant over the good record sales, record execs will party the night away, fueled with cocaine. Midtown Manhattan must be a place where a lot of record execs live – perhaps a stylish, yuppie neighborhood?

  3. Kai says:

    ^^^Cocaine dealers in midtown manhattan are going to get a lot of orders from happy record execs.

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