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Pop Charts Topped by 50 Cent Again, Madonna Falls
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Madonna took a tail spin on the pop charts on Wednesday, falling so far that two releases spawned by the amateur talent show ‘American Idol’ outsold her.
Rap artist 50 Cent returned to the top of the album charts just ahead of the two ‘American Idol’ discs while Madonna’s first album in three years, ‘American Life,’ plunged to No. 8 in its second week of release, after opening at the top.
‘Get Rich or Die Tyrin’,’ the major-label debut from 50 Cent, the hard-core rapper signed by Eminem, sold 128,000 copies during the week ended May 4, its 13th week in release, according to album sales tracker Nielsen SoundScan.
Fifty Cent’s latest tally was down about 10 percent from the previous week but still enough to reclaim the No. 1 chart position, raising his cumulative haul to 4.5 million units.
Opening at No. 2 this week was the RCA Records package ‘American Idol Season 2: All Time Classic Love Songs,’ which sold 101,000 copies. The winner of the show’s first season, Kelly Clarkson, held steady at No. 3 with her debut solo album, ‘Thankful’, which posted sales of 100,000 copies in its third week.
Meanwhile, ‘American Life’ sank to eighth place in the charts as sales dropped more than 60 percent to 91,000 copies. The album opened last week at No. 1 with 240,000 copies sold.
Rounding out the top 10 was Cher’s best-of collection at No. 4, followed by the Grammy-winning album ‘Come Away With Me’ from vocalist Norah Jones (No. 5); rock outfit Evanescence with ‘Fallen’ (No. 6); metal band Linkin Park’s ‘Meteora’ (No. 7); the soundtrack to ‘The Lizzy McGuire Movie’ (No. 9); and R&B singer Kelly Price’s new release, ‘Priceless’ (No. 10).
Another made-for-TV act from the 1960s, The Monkees, landed at No. 51 in the charts with the launch of their new greatest-hits collection, ‘Best of the Monkees.’