He got rich, he didn’t die tryin’, and now, 50 Cent is helping his friends get rich, too. Rapper Lloyd Banks has spun his fame from his appearance on 50’s ”Get Rich or Die Tryin”’ and his membership in 50 side combo G-Unit into a No. 1 debut on the Billboard album chart for his first solo release, ”The Hunger for More.” He sold 434,000 discs, according to SoundScan, and sent last week’s chart-topper, Jadakiss’ ”Kiss of Death,” tumbling to No. 4, on sales of 122,000, about half what it sold when it debuted last week. Meanwhile, Usher’s ”Confessions” held firm in second place for a fourth week (after spending nine weeks at No. 1), selling another 148,000 copies, virtually the same as last week.
Banks was one of five new entries in the top 10. Brandy’s ”Afrodisiac” debuted at No. 3 on sales of 131,000. Rapper Lil’ Wayne’s fourth album, ”Tha Carter,” entered the chart in fifth place and sold 116,000 copies. The Cure enjoyed the second highest chart position of their quarter-century career with their new self-titled album, which debuted at No. 7. And Dave Matthews Band’s live CD/DVD set ”The Gorge” debuted at No. 10.
Previous top 10 records still holding on included the Beastie Boys’ ”To the 5 Boroughs” (down three spots to No. 6), Gretchen Wilson’s ”Here for the Party” (sliding two slots to No. 8), and the ”Spider-Man 2” soundtrack, also slipping two notches to finish at No. 9.