Sep 19th, 2007 // 2 Comments

“While West beats 50 Cent in the celebrated clash between rappers, the real winners are music merchants. With the High School Musical 2 soundtrack at No. 4 selling 133,000 copies, the top four titles alone account for 2.2 million units, more than all titles combined on last week’s entire Billboard 200.” [Billboard]

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  1. Ned Raggett

    I think this from the end of the article was interesting:

    “Graduation” also rings up the largest week yet by a digital album download, starting with 133,000, beating the prior record of 102,000, set earlier this year by Maroon 5′s “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long.”

    50 Cent and Chesney will occupy the same ranks on Top Digital Albums as they do on The Billboard 200, the former with 58,000 downloads and Chesney’s with 36,000.

    That meant Kanye beat 50 over 2-to-1 online, an even bigger margin.

  2. Chris Molanphy

    @Ned Raggett:
    That meant Kanye beat 50 over 2-to-1 online, an even bigger margin.

    Exactly — and I’d like to hear Fitty’s theory about how Def Jam faked those sales.

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