Kanye Massacre’s Curtis

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So yea Kanye killed Curtis last week with opening numbers of 957,000 and Curtis at 691,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. “Graduation” is the biggest selling album so far this year and is the 15th biggest sales frame since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991.
With Kanye West’s “Graduation” (Def Jam) having trumped 50 Cent’s “Curtis” (G-Unit/Interscope) in debut week sales, Def Jam honchos Antonio “L.A.” Reid and Jay-Z are celebrating. But they acknowledge West’s numbers (957,000) were bolstered by the competition, and that another sales war is not in their plans. “We all know that the battle was a one-off,” Jay-Z tells Billboard. “That’s not a template on how to do business. We know that we have challenges ahead of us [in regards to the industry's downturn] but we also know that the consumption of music is at an all-time high as well.”

7 Responses to “Kanye Massacre’s Curtis”

  1. Beggar Says:
    September 20th, 2007 at 11:09 am

    Ok the #’s or in we supported hip hop Yeaaaaaaaaaa! Lets get back to the more important things…

  2. S. Mathis Says:
    September 20th, 2007 at 12:42 pm

    ‘Curtis’ is a good album but ‘Graduation’ is a classic for its highly original sound (for hip hop) and variety of beats. Fifty has a tremendous flow but he lets Kanye outshine him on lyrical depth. How many stories about gun bustin to drums can we take? I dont want ‘conscious’ rap I’m just tired of dumb rap. You can be entertaining and arrogant without being a killer or drug dealer on wax.

    September 20th, 2007 at 2:05 pm

    “I dont want ‘conscious’ rap I’m just tired of dumb rap…”


  4. S. Mathis Says:
    September 20th, 2007 at 6:16 pm

    Rap is the escape @ Beggar. I get back to whats important everyday around 9am and I don’t get to leave it behind till about 5pm. This all helps me get through it. This, and the paycheck of course!

  5. NativeAmericanIndianX Says:
    September 22nd, 2007 at 9:39 am

    I might be considered a hater in this circle but i heard 50 sold the same numbers in europe where the euro is more valuable than the dollar. It was also discovered that Kanye is not nearly as popular in the europeon music arena as you might think. His album debuted at #13 on the euro charts.Now (hypothetically of course cuz i don’t know the exact numbers) if 50 did 650,000 and Kanye did 200,000 Kanye really lost. If its about numbers you have to include all the numbers but if its about quality there’s not much of a difference either. I don’t think Kanye’s album is a classic by any stretch of the imagination but it is good and i don’t think 50′s album is a classic but it is good.At the end of the day i respect 50 more because he recognizes that he and Kanye are just pawns of a middle age exec who is the real winner. So all that money Kanye spent on marketing and advertising (which comes out of his budget) got a good result but 50 on the other hand used Kanye as a pawn to get free (not in budget) promotion which worked out perfectly as i hear he’ll be coming out with another album this year 4th quarter(where he can use the marketing dollars he saved from this album).I’m only writing this because of all the bullshit hype behind Kanye and him creating the greatest album of this generation PLEASE wake up people don’t believe the hype.

  6. S. Mathis Says:
    September 23rd, 2007 at 5:28 pm

    Kanye was #3 on the Billboard charts in Europe, while Curtis was #1. Overall, as per Billboard, Kanye outsold Fifty. Nonetheless, Kanye has the better album. Its not the greatest ever but its a far better album then the formulaic, guest ridden yawn that Fifty put out. Sorry Native, sometimes you gotta believe the hype. He is the best ‘artist’ in the game right now without being the best rapper which is why he has gotten such a huge response.@NATIVE

  7. S. Mathis Says:
    September 23rd, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    …Oh and Fifty came into this marketing campaign as the bigger artist by far. So, much if not all the hype came from Fifty even putting Kanye on par with himself and calling it a battle. Check the constant interviewing and marketing Curtis did (ultimately helping Kanye tremendously). What makes you think Kanye spent so much on marketing. He did 957,000 this time and about 800k on the last one which is consistent. Curtis did 1.14 on the last one and proceeded to lose 400k fans the second time around. The only explanation is that the reaction is simply not the same for the music. The ‘Doctor’s Advocate’ was a better album then ‘the Massacre’ anyway!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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