It’s 50 Cent’s world, we just live in it. The rapper’s The Massacre ruled the Billboard album chart for a fifth straight week, despite an onslaught of high-profile challengers whose albums debuted in the top 10. Massacre shifted another 211,000 copies, according to SoundScan, nearly 50,000 more than Beck’s Guero. Still the alt-rocker enjoyed the best chart and sales week of his career, debuting at No. 2 and selling 162,000 copies.
Incarceration proved no roadblock for Beanie Sigel, who saw his highest-charting debut with the No. 3 release of The B. Coming, which sold 131,000. Pleasure & Pain, by 112, debuted in fourth place on sales of 118,000. Will Smith’s Lost and Found entered the chart at No. 6 and sold 98,000, suggesting a rebound from his 2002 flop Born to Reign. Comedian Larry the Cable Guy set a record by selling 92,000 copies of The Right to Bare Arms, marking the best first-week sales and highest chart debut (No. 7) of a comedy album in the 14 years of the SoundScan era.
All the new top 10 releases pushed last week’s holdovers down the chart. NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 18 fell three spots to No. 5. Jack Johnson’s In Between Dreams slid two slots to eighth place. Down six notches each were Frankie J’s The One (No. 9) and Green Day’s American Idiot (No. 10).