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'Black' Wednesday

Jay-Z's retirement album hits No. 1. He narrowly beats out Tupac Shakur's new posthumous release

Jay-Z | OUT WITH A BANG Jay-Z fades into his golden years with a No. 1 debut
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OUT WITH A BANG Jay-Z fades into his golden years with a No. 1 debut

Soon-to-be-retired rapper Jay-Z's new ''Black Album'' outsold permanently retired rapper Tupac Shakur's ''Resurrection'' last week, scoring the No. 1 slot, with 463,000 units moved, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures released Wednesday. Skakur's album landed at No. 2 with 430,000 copies sold, while 50 Cent's pals in G-Unit nabbed the No. 3 slot, selling nearly 377,000 copies of their debut, ''Beg For Mercy,'' in its first week. Adult contemporary crooner Josh Groban was right behind at No. 4, selling 375,245 copies of ''Closer.''

In other debuts, Kid Rock's self-titled new album hit No. 8, with 188,000 copies sold, while Pink's ''Try This'' with No. 9, selling 147,000 copies. The new compilation ''The Essential Bruce Springsteen'' nabbed the No. 14 slot, while Pearl Jam's rarities collection ''Lost Dogs'' followed at No. 15.

The rest of the top 10 was: Toby Keith's ''Shock'n Y'all'' at No. 5 (227,000 copies), the 14th volume of ''Now That's What I Call Music'' at No. 6 (195,000), Sarah McLachlan's ''Afterglow'' at No. 7 (191,000), and ''The Very Best of Sheryl Crow'' at No. 10 (141,000).

Originally posted Nov 19, 2003