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'Get Rich' Quick

50 Cent dominates the chart for a second week. He nearly equals last week's debut frenzy, moving another 822,000 discs

50 Cent | SOLID PLATINUM 50 Cent has already sold more than a million albums
SOLID PLATINUM 50 Cent has already sold more than a million albums

Now that he's sold nearly 1.7 million copies of ''Get Rich or Die Tryin''' in 12 days, it's hard to believe that 50 Cent was worried about piracy cutting into his sales. For the second straight week, 50 dominated the Billboard album chart and moved another 822,000 copies of ''Get Rich,'' according to SoundScan. That's a decline of just 6 percent from last week, and more than 650,000 discs ahead of his nearest competition -- this in a week when every other record in the top 20 enjoyed a sales boost. At No. 2, on sales of 171,000, was the Dixie Chicks' ''Home.'' Norah Jones came in third by shifting another 140,000 units of ''Come Away with Me.'' Kid Rock's ''Cocky'' slid one slot to No. 4 and sold 129,000 copies. Up one notch to No. 5 was the ''Chicago'' soundtrack, selling 117,000 discs.

Apparently, Valentine's Day record buyers were generally in the mood for softer sounds. Albums by Ja Rule and LL Cool J fell out of the top 10, while country vet George Strait's ''For the Last Time: Live from the Astrodome'' debuted at No. 7, and Rod Stewart's ''It Had to Be You: The Great American Songbook'' rose to No. 10. Shania Twain's ''Up!'' reentered the top 10 at No. 9. Avril Lavigne's ''Let Go'' slipped one slot to No. 6. Jennifer Lopez's ''This Is Me…Then'' did the same, landing at No. 8.

Originally posted Feb 19, 2003