The first major label release from 50 Cent associate the Game sold 587,000 copies in its debut week to take the No. 1 slot in album sales for the week ended Sunday.
“The Documentary” (Interscope) is the latest G-Unit-related release to post impressive sales figures, following on the heels of discs from Young Buck, Lloyd Banks and 50 Cent.
Album was the only debut in the top 200, though the return of “American Idol” helped prop up albums from past winners. Kelly Clarkson’s “Breakaway” (RCA) was the only release in the top 10 to post a gain, albeit only 1,000 units. Album sold 61,000 to stay at No. 6 behind CDs from Green Day, Eminem, Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz and John Legend.
Last year’s champ, Fantasia, saw her “Free Yourself” (J Records) enjoy a 6,000 unit spike to 41,000 sold. It moved up 11 slots to No. 15.
Other gainers were the Killers’ “Hot Fuss” (Island), which rose to No. 14 from 22 on sales of 42,000, and the soundtrack to “Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera” (Sony Classical), which sold 3,000 more than last week to hit 40,000. Capitol’s hip-hop soundtrack for “Coach Carter” sold 33,000 copies, a gain of 4,000.
Biggest sales spike came for INO’s compilation “I Can Only Imagine: Ultimate Power Anthems of the Christian Faith,” which saw 9,000-unit spike to 16,000. Album shot to No. 49 from 190.