News: 50 Cent's "Before I Self Destruct" Lands No. 1 On iTunes

Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009 1:55PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

50 Cent's long-awaited Before I Self Destruct album has secured the top spot on the new digital records chart on iTunes today, a day after its online release.

According to a new report, Fif's album landed at No. 1 less than 24 hours after its release.

50 Cent's new album, Before I Self Destruct, which was yesterday exclusively on the iTunes Store, has already skyrocketed to the number one spot on iTunes' album chart. iTunes customers can purchase the album as a deluxe version with two exclusive tracks and iTunes LP, which includes 90-minute gritty coming-of-age film Before I Self Destruct, written, directed and starring Curtis Jackson (aka 50 Cent); the Two Turntables And A Microphone: The Life And Death Of Jam Master Jay documentary about 50 Cent's late mentor and friend, hip-hop pioneer Jam Master Jay of Run-DMC; exclusive photos; lyrics; animated package artwork and more for only $9.99. (Press Release)

Following up his "Baby By Me" single, Fif recently spoke about his second record, "Do You Think About Me."

"I was writing about the difference of how it felt when it was only about money once it got down to me dealing with the child-support situation," Fif explained about the song. "The friendship we had was forgotten. I believe people invest in each other and it's never even when you're in a relationship -- one person is loving harder than the other. When the expectations aren't being met, they kinda resent the other party. A lot of times they don't go from being boyfriend and girlfriend or to getting engaged or being married back to being friends. They kinda gotta part ways from each other because one still has feelings and one is ready to move on." (MTV)

The rapper recently spoke on how he felt about Before I Self Destruct leaking online nearly a month in advance.

"All you gotta do is get the response," Fif explained to radio personality Jenny Boom Boom. "The response is so well, so good, that I know the record is a hit. So whether the consumed it from actually purchasing it or they got it off the web or wherever they got it from, when they hear it and enjoy it, they end up at the show. How can I focus on album sales now when it's to the point where my record is released four weeks before schedule. The marketing, everything that's planned to sell the actual record, is happening four weeks late, now that the record is out a month early. You know, those things are happening after they had an opportunity to hear it and it's confirmation to the doubters that the record wouldn't be good." (Jenny Boom Boom TV)

He recently announced plans to move up his physical album's release date.

"I'm pushing the record up so the date is [November] 16th," Fif revealed in an interview. "It'll be out on the 16th. I'm expecting it to do good because of the response that I've heard from the web. You know what I mean? It's obvious they didn't expect me to write the things that I wrote on the actual record, but, I don't know why. They're like 'This sh*t is fire.' What are you surprised for, stupid? Even the worst one did 700,000 the first week. It depends on who you're actually asking because you know who I identify with now? The actual aggression of my material is what came across the strongest because they want the hardest sh*t from me." (G-Unit Radio)

Check out 50 Cent speaking on his new album below:

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