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tennisIlove09
Dec 28th, 2005, 01:02 PM
Mariah Carey closing on 50 Cent in year-end chart // 10:56 PM EST Updated by Lynn (lynn@mariahdaily.com)



Pop songbird Mariah Carey, enjoying one of the music industry's biggest comebacks, is giving rap star 50 Cent a run for his money in a year-end, down-to-the-wire race for best-selling U.S. album of 2005.

As of Christmas Day, 50 Cent stood at No. 1 in the United States with 4.8 million copies of sophomore album "The Massacre" sold since March, according to the latest figures from retail sales tracker Nielsen SoundScan.

Carey was closing in rapidly on the rapper with her latest Grammy-nominated collection, "The Emancipation of Mimi," which has tallied sales of 4.6 million since its release in April, Nielsen SoundScan reported.

At current sales rates, Carey would overtake 50 Cent by year's end. On the latest sales chart, "Mimi" ranked at No. 7 with weekly sales of 191,000 copies, compared with just 21,000 for "Massacre."

Both albums topped the charts in their opening weeks but neither has set a sales benchmark for the artists.

The 2003 major-label debut from 50 Cent, "Get Rich or Die Tryin'," has sold 7.4 million copies to date. Carey's all-time hottest seller was 1995's "Daydream," which notched 7.5 million U.S. copies.

Still, the success of "Mimi" marks a dramatic turnaround for Carey, 35, whose career hit the skids four years ago.

Music giant EMI Group Plc paid Carey nearly $30 million to buy out her $80 million contract in January 2002 after the commercial flop of "Glitter," the soundtrack to her film debut and her first release from EMI's Virgin Records.

"Charmbracelet," the maiden release under her new record deal with Universal Music's Island Def Jam label, proved a lackluster follow-up.

This year has seen a startling reversal of Carey's fortunes. In addition to robust album sales, "Mimi" garnered Carey eight Grammy Award nominations earlier this month, including nods for album of the year and record of the year for the CD's first single, "We Belong Together."

That ballad ruled the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for 14 weeks, longer than any other song this year.

Last week, "Don't Forget About Us," the first single from a recent "Mimi" reissue, climbed to the top rung of the singles chart to move Carey a step closer to the Beatles' all-time record of 20 No. 1 hits.

She is now tied with Elvis Presley at No. 2 on the all-time Hot 100 list with 17 chart-topping singles.


Source: Reuters (http://today.reuters.com/news/NewsArticle.aspx?type=musicNews&storyID=uri:2005-12-28T022033Z_01_SPI808407_RTRIDST_0_MUSIC-LEISURE-MUSIC-DC.XML&pageNumber=1&summit=)

SelesFan70
Dec 28th, 2005, 04:36 PM
The Beatles had 20 #1's? :unsure: :tape:

BEEILOVEYA
Dec 28th, 2005, 05:14 PM
i hate mariah and i hate 50 :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery: :fiery:

CanIGetAWhat
Dec 28th, 2005, 05:14 PM
Blige's 'Breakthrough' Bows At No. 1
http://www.billboard.com/billboard/photos/art/b/blige_mary_j_01l.gif Mary J. Blige
December 28, 2005, 11:15 AM ET
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Katie Hasty, N.Y.
Despite slow overall sales throughout the holiday season, the week leading up to Christmas saw a retail burst led by a trio of R&B/hip-hop artists that shifted more than 1.75 million copies to lead The Billboard 200.

With sales of 727,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Mary J. Blige's "The Breakthrough" (Geffen) emerges as the No. 1 title on The Billboard 200, followed by Jamie Foxx's "Unpredictable" (J) and the late Notorious B.I.G.'s star-filled "Duets: The Final Chapter" (Bad Boy) to fill the chart's top three slots.

At 33 million units, CD sales were up by a whopping 34% from the previous week and up 2% compared to the same week a year ago. At 602 million units, sales in 2005 lag behind 2004 by 10%.

Featuring guest appearances by Jay-Z, Raphael Saadiq and featuring Bono, "The Breakthrough" is Blige's 11th title to appear on The Billboard 200 and marks her the third trip to the top. The set was preceded by the single "Be Without You," which is in the top 5 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and bows at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

A musician long before scoring as an actor, Foxx's return to music moved an impressive 598,000 to debut at No. 2. The "Ray" star began stirring the musical waters earlier this year as a featured performer on Kanye West's smash hit "Gold Digger." Foxx first cracked The Billboard 200 in 1994 with his debut album "Peep This" which peaked at No. 78.

A boatload of guests -- including Eminem, Jay-Z, R. Kelly and Blige -- join the Notorious B.I.G. on "Duets" in the No. 3 position on the chart based on sales of "Duets: The Final Chapter" with 438,000 copies. The Bad Boy release comes nearly nine years after the rap icon's death and is the artist's third Billboard 200 No. 1, all achieved posthumously.

Eminem's "Curtain Call: The Hits (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) falls 1-4 this week despite a 33% increase to 430,000. "American Idol" star Carrie Underwood's "Some Hearts" drops 2-5, though sales jumped 48% to 401,000. In its 37th week on the chart, Mariah Carey's "The Emancipation of Mimi" (Island Def Jam) climbs 7-6 on a 52% sales increase to 290,000 units.

The 20th volume in the "NOW That's What I Call Music!" hits compilation (BMG/Zomba/EMI/UME) dips 3-7 with 283,000 (+9%), while Kenny Chesney's "The Road and the radio" (BNA) slides 5-8 with 269,000 copies (+24%). Nickelback's "All the Right Reasons" dips 6-9 on 265,000 (+38%) and Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway" falls 8-10 on 230,000 (+27%) to round out the top tier.
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Mariah has surpassed 50 Cent for best selling album of the year! :rocker2:

CanadianBoy21
Dec 28th, 2005, 05:31 PM
50 sucks. Good Mariah surpassed him.

who the hell buys 50 cent albums?

they ain't worth a cent.

jrm
Dec 28th, 2005, 08:21 PM
Mariah :yeah:

another milestone in 2005 :lol:

as only you can :yeah:

!<blocparty>!
Dec 28th, 2005, 08:29 PM
Mariah :D:banana:

How many copies has Breakaway sold in total?

CanIGetAWhat
Dec 28th, 2005, 08:37 PM
Soundscan Update: The Emancipation of Mimi Becomes 2005's Best Seller! // 3:08 PM EST Updated by Liron (liron@mariahdaily.com)

<LI>The Emancipation of Mimi
Billboard 200: #6 (Last Week #7)
Sales this week: 290,048 (+52%)
Total sales: 4,866,189

With the biggest percentage gain in the top 10, "The Emancipation of Mimi" sells 290,048 copies this week (the album's second best week after the debut week) and surpasses 50 Cent's album as the best selling album of 2005! The current tally is:

1. Mariah Carey - The Emancipation of Mimi: 4,866,189
2. 50 Cent - The Massacre: 4,834,837

Brooks.
Dec 28th, 2005, 10:17 PM
Mariah :D:banana:

How many copies has Breakaway sold in total?

I'm not sure but they have to be really close...I think Kelly had sold more until Mariah re-released her cd...they are both selling similar amounts lately so I think Mariah is probably ahead by a little bit

SelesFan70
Dec 28th, 2005, 10:20 PM
MJB is just way too over-dramatic for me...I doubt she'll stay #1 for long. Very few albums do stay #1 because ther'es so much competition...just ask Madonna. :tape:

Helen Lawson
Dec 28th, 2005, 10:23 PM
I'm not making this up, but I read in that Tennis Magazine rag last year that Svetlana Kuznetsova is totally into rap and that 50 Cent is her favorite rapper. Apparently, this is what inspired her very unfortunate corn-row look last year. :eek:

SelesFan70
Dec 28th, 2005, 10:25 PM
I'm not making this up, but I read in that Tennis Magazine rag last year that Svetlana Kuznetsova is totally into rap and that 50 Cent is her favorite rapper. Apparently, this is what inspired her very unfortunate corn-row look last year. :eek:



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Brooks.
Dec 28th, 2005, 10:33 PM
MJB is just way too over-dramatic for me...I doubt she'll stay #1 for long. Very few albums do stay #1 because ther'es so much competition...just ask Madonna. :tape:

it's so good though...the new one isn't as dramatic as the last ones ;) :p