News: 50 Cent's "BISD" Projected To Move 160K First Week, Will Not Debut No. 1

Wednesday, Nov 18, 2009 5:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

50 Cent's highly anticipated Before I Self Destruct is estimated to debut with first-week sales of approximately 160,000 units, losing out to singer John Mayer for the number one spot.

According to one-day estimates, 50's fourth solo project may land as far as back No. 4 its opening week.

Columbia's singer/songwriter, full-time Tweeter and tabloid lothario will bow on top next week as his Battle Studies rustles up 275-300k in sales, almost twice as much as his nearest pursuer, according to one-day reports from those hearty few still selling shiny, round discs in their stores instead of flat screen TVs. Blue Note chanteuse Norah Jones' The Fall is the next-highest debut at 150-160k, putting her in a four-way logjam with Aftermath/Interscope rapper 50 Cent's Before I Self-Destruct (whoops, too late), also in its first week, Provident/Reunion Christian act Casting Crowns and Decca's Andrea Bocelli, all in the 140-150k range. (Hits Daily Double)

The rapper recently shared his reaction to the album leaking online nearly a month ago.

"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 previously announced plans to push up the project'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)

The alleged full album began to circulate online late last month.

50 Cent has become the latest musician to have his entire album leaked. On Wednesday, 50's upcoming fourth studio album leaked almost a month before its planned release date. The album, which was originally scheduled for release over a year ago, was pushed back until November 23 for an official release. So far, 50 Cent and Interscope Records have not commented on the situation. (Dime Wars)

Check out 50 Cent speaking on his new album below:

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