50 Cent has cashed in once again on the top of the album sales chart, as his latest Shady/Aftermath/Interscope disc, “The Massacre,” bowed to massive sales of 1.14 million copies since its rush-released March 3 street date in the week that ended Sunday, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Rapper’s latest bests his own record — his previous album, 2003’s “Get Rich or Die Tryin’,” sold 872,000 in a shortened first-week sales period, with its release moved up in an effort to combat piracy.
“The Massacre” easily outdistanced three other debuts in the top 10.
Jennifer Lopez’s “Rebirth” (Epic) entered at No. 2 with 261,000 units moved. With “Rebirth,” Lopez became only the third female artist and sixth overall to have her first five albums debut in the top 10 (joining Britney Spears, LeAnn Rimes, Snoop Dogg, Ja Rule and DMX).
Jack Johnson continued his surfer-turned-singer/songwriter odyssey at No. 3 with “In Between Dreams,” his third Brushfire release, selling 229,000 discs.
Energetic hard rockers the Mars Volta saw their second Universal full-length, “Frances the Mute,” stepping into the fourth slot on 123,000.
Clarkson breaks trend
Kelly Clarkson’s “Breakaway” (RCA) was the lone disc in the top 10 to move up, climbing from 10th to ninth this week on sales of 63,000.
Sliding down from last week to fill out the top 10 were the Game’s “The Documentary” (Interscope), 100,000 albums, at No. 5; Green Day’s “American Idiot” (Reprise), 86,000, for sixth place; Ray Charles’ Concord/Hear disc “Genius Loves Company,” 81,000, in the seventh slot; last week’s No. 1, Omarion’s “O” (Epic), at eighth with 77,000; and Eminem’s Interscope release “Encore” at No. 10 on sales of 61,000.
A reunited, Rob Halford-led Judas Priest marked their return to metal-god glory with “Angel of Retribution” (Epic), selling 58,000 units and entering at No. 13, the band’s highest chart position ever.
Groban grabbin’ listeners
Recent high-profile TV appearances (the Oscarcast, “Oprah”) certainly helped raise awareness of singer Josh Groban, whose 2003 Reprise album “Closer” jumped 50 places from No. 80 to 30 on sales of 32,000.
Also seeing noteworthy bows this week: Country singer-songwriter Jamie O’Neal returned from her break to start a family with “Brave” (EMI) at No. 40 on 25,000 sold, and rapper Pimp C’s “Sweet James Jones Stories” (Rap-A-Lot) followed closely behind, selling 23,000 for No. 50.