Rapper The Game debuts at No. 1. Kelly Clarkson is only other top 10 artist with a sales gain

By Michael Slezak
January 26, 2005 at 05:00 AM EST

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How far can 50 Cent get you these days? Apparently all the way to No. 1.

Rapper The Game, whose indie debut The Untold Story sold 8,100 copies in its first week back in October, moved a whopping 587,000 units of his latest, The Documentary for the week ending Jan. 23, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Documentary, The Game’s debut on Aftermath/G-Unit/Interscope, includes guests such as Kanye West and Dr. Dre, and its lead single ”How We Do,” features 50 Cent.

The star wattage on The Documentary meant the disc outsold the rest of the top 10 combined. Green Day’s American Idiot — the top record for the last two weeks — landed at No. 2 with sales of 85,000; Eminem’s Encore ranked No. 3 (75,000), followed by Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz’s Crunk Juice (63,000) and John Legend’s Get Lifted (62,000).

Not counting The Game, the only top 10 artist to experience a sales gain this week was Kelly Clarkson, whose Breakaway surged 1 percent to 61,000 copies, good enough for No. 6.

Rounding out the top 10 were Usher’s Confessions; Ludacris’ Red Light District; NOW That’s What I Call Music! Vol. 17; and Destiny’s Child’s Destiny Fulfilled.

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