50 Cent 'Destruct' Set For Strong Second WeekMon, Nov 30, 2009
According to HDD, "Before I Self Destruct" is poised to remain in the top 10 on the strength of sales in excess of 100,000 copies.
Featuring the hit single "Baby By Me," "Before I Self Destruct" made headlines last week after failing to arrive on the charts with less than 500,000 copies sold, outsold by John Mayer.
Speaking of the controversy, which has prompted rappers including Rick Ross to call the rapper's career done, 50 Cent told Sirius Radio he expected "Before I Self Destruct" to come in as it did.
"I look at the numbers and am like, 'What is this?' I've already assessed that the album has been out a month before its actual release period [due to an online leak, and the album's early digital release due to the leak]. So when you got that, you go, 'Well, what did you actually expect?'," 50 Cent told DJ Green Lantern.
"For myself, I'm asking myself, 'What did you expect, bro? Your fans got it when it was available, at the first available opportunity," he later said addressing the leak of the album and a series of release date adjustments.
According to Billboard, "Before I Self Destruct" sold roughly 160,000 copies during its release week, a low number for the "Baby By Me" hitmaker who previously predicted the effort would sell nearly 1 million copies first week.