GRADUATION SOLD OVER 957,000 UNITS IN ITS OPENING WEEK, WHILE 50 CENT ONLY SOLD 691,000!
As today comes to an end, Billboard has finally released the official numbers from the album sells of Kanye West’s “Graduation” and 50 Cent’s “Curtis!” Like I predicted waaaay back when the two announced this friendly battle, KANYE WEST SOLD THE MOST ALBUMS!! From BILLBOARD.COM:
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.
Like I said before, it doesn’t matter who won or lost this little “battle.” It’s still amazing for them to sell that many albums in the year 2007 when people can freely download music FOR FREE! But y’all know damn well I’m happy that Kanye West took on the win. I feel proud to own my very own copy of “Graduation!” Now, let’s see if these sales keep up for next week!