Kanye vs. 50 battle: Who won?


Senior Editor, JAM! Showbiz

, Last Updated: 7:05 PM ET

We have a winner in the much-hyped rap sales showdown between Kanye West vs. 50 Cent.

Kanye West's "Graduation" claimed the No. 1 spot on the Canadian album charts this week, selling over 54,000 copies, according to figures compiled Nielsen SoundScan.

50 Cent's "Curtis," meanwhile, came up short at No. 2, with 46,000 copies sold.

If your thinking that Kanye now has the biggest debut of the year, think again -- Celine Dion's "D'elles" is still the top dog -- it had first week sales of 72,000 back in May.

The Kanye vs. 50 tussle wasn't as close south of the border, where West racked up an astonishing 957,000 in sales in the U.S., while Fiddy was well behind with 691,000, according to Billboard.com.

Back here, Bon Jovi's appearance on the finale of "Canadian Idol" helped their latest disc "Lost Highway" (7,000) climb up from No. 11 to No. 3, while Paul Brandt's new CD "Risk" premiered at No. 4.

All the movement up top sent the "High School Musical 2" soundtrack down from No. 1 to No. 5, and Timbaland's "Timbaland Presents: Shock Value" from No. 3 to No. 6.

Kenny Chesney was the last of the top 10 debuts at No. 7 with "Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates," Rihanna's "Good Girl Gone Bad" slipped three positions to No. 8, Paul Anka's "Classic Songs: My Way" sank seven notches to No. 9, and the compilation "NOW 12" held on at No. 10.

Other notable debuts included Bruno Pelletier's "Et le Gros Zorchestre" at No. 12, Genesis' "Turn It On Again" at No. 13, Francis Bernier's "Prince D'Azur" at No. 25, Daniel Desnoyers' "Club Sound" at No. 32, the "Grey's Anatomy" soundtrack at No. 34, and the compilation "NOW Country 2" at No. 47.

Full Nielsen SoundScan charts


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