Rapper 50 Cent's "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" easily remains No. 1 on The Billboard 200 following its first full week of retail availability. The Shady/Interscope set, which was rush released on Feb. 6 to
Rapper 50 Cent's "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" easily remains No. 1 on The Billboard 200 following its first full week of retail availability. The Shady/Interscope set, which was rush released on Feb. 6 to thwart bootlegging and illegal downloads, sold a stunning 822,200 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, just a 5.7% drop-off from its shortened first-week total of 872,000 units. "Get Rich" is also No. 1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally for a second week.
In the week of Valentine's Day, every other album in the top-25 enjoyed a sales increase, resulting in some tremendous chart jumps. Rod Stewart's J debut "It Had To Be You" rebounded 26-10 on an 85% sales burst, while Josh Groban's self-titled Warner Bros. album rose 30-11 on a 90.4% increase. Other big jumps were enjoyed by Elton John's Universal "Greatest Hits" set (46-28, 97% sales increase) and Faith Hill's Warner Bros. album "Cry" (50-33, 93.4% sales increase).
Rounding out the top-5, the Dixie Chicks' "Home" (Monument/Sony) holds at No. 2, Norah Jones' "Come Away With Me" (Blue Note) and Kid Rock's "Cocky" (Lava/Atlantic) flip-flop to No. 3 and 4, respectively, and Epic's "Chicago" soundtrack climbs 6-5.
The chart's top new entry is country veteran George Strait's "For the Last Time -- Live From the Astrodome" (MCA), which sold nearly 100,800 units to bow at No. 7. Fellow country star and labelmate Vince Gill's "Next Big Thing" arrived at No. 14, followed closely by the multi-label "Grammy Nominees 2003" collection at No. 16 and singer/songwriter John Mayer's Aware/Columbia live album "Any Given Thursday" at No. 17.
Keyboardist Yanni's Virgin set "Ethnicity" dove in at No. 27, while married R&B duo Kenny Lattimore and Chante Moore's "Things That Lovers Do" (Arista) debuted at No. 31. DV8/Columbia's Ramones tribute album, "We're a Happy Family," featuring U2, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, and Metallica, entered at No. 43, no doubt given a boost from direct-marketing TV advertisements.