News: 50 Cent's "Before I Self Destruct" Moves 161K, Lands No. 5

Wednesday, Nov 25, 2009 9:30AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

50 Cent's long-awaited Before I Self Destruct has moved 161,200 copies in its first-week and has landed No. 5 on the Top 200 charts.

Fif's fourth solo project lost the top spot to singer John Mayer who sold 285,700 records in his first week.

50 Cent's highly-anticipated Before I Self Destruct debuted on the charts this week landing at No. 5. After a solid seven days in stores plus sales from iTunes, 50's new album has moved 161,200 copies. (Sales Wrap)

Speaking with radio personality Funkmaster Flex last week, Fif stressed his inability to battle an international leak.

"With the actual outcome of the project, once the record leaks from the international plant, what more can I do," 50 explained in an interview. "I can't, I held the record long enough to get it to them, to mix and master it and for them to ship it and then it leaks from the plant internationally, I'm like come on, then that's it. They lost the ball. You know what I mean, if the numbers look funny to me, it's they fault." (Hot 97)

Writing via Twitter, Game playfully taunted 50's speculated 150,00 first-week projections.

"I'm startin a trending topic #help50goGOLD .," he wrote Monday (November 24). "if you'd like to contribute to my old friends sub-par album sales please just "RETWEET" this." (Game's Twitter)

Based off one-day estimates, 50's fourth solo project was slated to land in the Top 5.

Like an NFL coaching staff making in-game adjustments on the fly, Interscope's Jimmy Iovine and Steve Berman did some last-minute maneuvering around the release of 50 Cent's Before I Self Destruct following worldwide Internet leaks weeks prior to the original street date. In rapid succession, they pushed forward the physical release date from Nov. 23 to Nov. 17 -- the soonest the CD could be manufactured and shipped -- while also working out a one-week exclusive with iTunes for the digital album, to take effect Nov. 10. In return, iTunes agreed to go against its standard policy and "locked" the album, with only the single available a la carte, selling 46k album downloads during the exclusive window. Additionally, the compilers of the charts agreed to include the initial iTunes sales in the total for first week of general release, which is now looking in the 140-150k range. That won't challenge Columbia's John Mayer, now a lock for #1 with 275-300k. (Hits Daily Double)

Check out 50 Cent speaking on his speculated low numbers below:

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