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50 Cent barely holds on to album chart's top slot

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Given 50 Cent’s sales drop since last week, he may want to change his name to 50 Percent. Still, even though he sold only half as many copies of The Massacre as he did last week, he still sold enough to stay atop the Billboard album chart for a third week. But just barely. According to SoundScan, 50 moved 364,000 units this week, compared to 771,000 last time. Coming in just 25,000 units behind was NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 18. The latest installment of the current-hits compilation series debuted in second place with sales of 339,000.

No other new releases cracked the top 10 (though rapper Baby Bash came close, with a No. 11 debut for Super Saucy). Jack Johnson’s In Between Dreams lost one place to land at No. 3 on sales of 99,000. Up one notch to No. 4 was Green Day’s American Idiot, which sold 76,000 copies. The Game’s The Documentary slid two slots to No. 5 and sold 68,000 discs.

Kelly Clarkson’s Breakaway held in sixth place. Jennifer Lopez’s Rebirth toppled three spots to No. 7. Remaining at No. 8 was The Killers’ Hot Fuss, while John Legend’s Get Lifted also stayed in place at No. 9. Down three rungs to tenth place was Ray Charles’ Genius Loves Company.

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