Kanye West's "Graduation" achieves the best sales week in more than two years as his third album starts with 957,000 ... The tally is the 15th-biggest sales week since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991 ... Coming in at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, on The Billboard 200 are 50 Cent's "Curtis" (691,000) and Kenny Chesney's "Just Who I Am: Poets and Pirates" (387,000). Also in Chart Alert ... What do West and 50 Cent have in common with Guns N' Roses? What happened four years ago this week on the chart, and why is it important? Just how many digital downloads did West's "Graduation" sell in its record-breaking week?
Kenny Chesney continues on his hot streak with a new album, rap titans 50 Cent and Kanye West square off in a Sept. 11 shootout, indie heavyweights Pinback and Animal Collective take it to the next level and Ani DiFranco looks back on her career in this week's Hot Product.
Canadian rock outfit Hot Hot Heat will return in the fall with its next album, "Happiness LTD." Due Sept. 11 via Sire, the project was co-produced by the band with Butch Walker, Tim Palmer and Rob Cavallo.