Stand tall Kanye. You likely don’t need us to tell you this, but Mr. West kicked 50 Cent’s ass in first week sales: Graduation almost hit a consciously cool million (956,936), while Curtis moved 691,304. Why Kanye? Well, maybe it’s all them there videos … or just the one where he’s freaking out? Maybe though it’s that he’s brandishing hip hop’s new trophy, Chris Martin, and dropping lines that confirm ownership (“Told Jay I did a song with Coldplay / Next thing I know he got a song with Coldplay / back of my mind, I’m like, ‘damn, no way’ / Translate Español, ‘No way, Jose!'”).
Don’t hold your breath for that 50 Cent retirement speech, though; he told the LA Times a steep second week drop off for Graduation is a central part of the bet, which would be evidence of an Island Def Jam market manipulation to artificially boost West’s numbers. “We keep our angles covered before we make a decent bet,” said Curtis. Anyway, give it to Kanye: He’s given the music industry its best debut of the year (before this week it was the Linkin Park LP with 623,000). The rest of the charts don’t come close. Kenny Chesney’s Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates, which clocked in at number three, logged 387,000 and Disney’s High School Musical 2’s at number four with 133,000. After that, it drops to double digits…
Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus soundtrack: 42,000
Fergie’s The Dutchess: 41,000
Nickelback’s All the Right Reasons: 35,000
Colbie Caillat’s Coco: 32,000
NOW 25 compilation: 32,000
Wow, we really don’t have our finger on the pulse. Oddly enough, looks like Justin Timberlake’s annoying VMA shenanigans were enough to launch him back into the top ten: A year after it’s release FutureSex/LoveSounds had a 14% sales increase, moving 31,000 copies.
Already mentioned the other records that dropped. Wonder how many copies of Strawberry Jam shipped … or better yet, Enuff Z’nuff’s Tonight – Sold Out. Chances are there are still plenty of seats left for that one.