50 Cent
11.25.2009 Uncategorized

50 Cent’s ‘Destruct’ Fizzles on Charts

50 Cent will be eating humble pie this Thanksgiving. After losing his infamous chart battle with Kanye West in 2007, the Teflon Don has been defeated once more.

The rapper’s fourth album Before I Self Destruct implodes at No. 5 on this week’s Billboard 200 behind John Mayer, Andrea Bocelli, Norah Jones, and Casting Crowns. The effort was released digitally on November 9 and physical copies hit stores on November 16. His combined sales for both weeks totaled 160,000, making it his fourth top 10 release. It’s a far cry from Fiddy’s last album, 2007’s Curtis, which opened at No. 2 with 691,000, while his first two projects, 2003’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (872,000) and 2005’s The Massacre (1.15 million), both debuted at No. 1.

Also charting this week is Usher’s 15-year old protégé Justin Bieber, who makes his entry at No. 6 with his seven-song EP My World, moving 137,000 copies in its first week. Janet Jackson’s collection of greatest hits Number Ones, featuring the new single “Make Me,” comes in at No. 20 with 37,000 units.