Kanye Graduates Fiddy - A Top Story This Week

(antiMusic) Nielsen SoundScan PR rep forwarded this story. Seems that Kanye not only kicked Fiddy ass this past week, he also had the biggest album opener in two years. Thank God this whole thing is over. Here is the Billboard story: Kanye West's "Graduation" (Def Jam) easily leads the star-studded class of Sept. 11 releases, posting The Billboard 200's largest sales total in more than two years. Nielsen SoundScan will show West's album moved 957,000 during its first six days when the tracking service refreshes its charts tomorrow morning (Sept. 19).

Also pumping album volume are 50 Cent's "Curtis" (G-Unit/Interscope), which will lock down the No. 2 slot with 691,000 sold. Kenny Chesney's "Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates" (BNA/Sony BMG Nashville) will bow at No. 3 with 387,000 copies.

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.

(an interesting aside from SoundScan: YTD Digital Track sales through September 16th have surpassed the Year End Digital Track sales total for 2006. YTD 2007 is 582.2 million while 2006 was 581.9 for the entire year) Read more of the Billboard article
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