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1 DUFF*HILARY MOST WANTED COLLECTION 101,043 -51 207,577 309,142

2 VARIOUS NOW 19 95,726 -12 108,193 1,215,687

3 CAREY*MARIAH EMANCIPATION OF MIMI 88,714 -18 108,561 3,103,978

4 BLACK EYED PEAS MONKEY BUSINESS 85,368 4 82,143 1,208,947

5 JONES*JIM HARLEM-DIARY OF A SUMMER 74,443 999 1,180 75,652

6 PAISLEY*BRAD TIME WELL WASTED 70,359 -63 192,747 263,620

7 YOUNG JEEZY LET'S GET IT 61,174 1 60,814 451,142

8 GORILLAZ DEMON DAYS 51,909 0 51,842 757,804

9 CLARKSON*KELLY BREAKAWAY 50,854 -18 62,164 3,001,921

10 GREEN DAY AMERICAN IDIOT 50,591 -4 52,571 4,051,112

11 HILL*FAITH FIREFLIES 49,688 -32 72,971 575,751

12 STAIND CHAPTER V 49,076 -36 76,404 310,655

13 COLDPLAY X&Y 47,328 -20 59,100 1,996,441

14 FALL OUT BOY FROM UNDER THE CORK 45,243 -7 48,726 587,514

15 STEFANI*GWEN LOVE.ANGEL.MUSIC.BABY 44,217 2 43,175 2,920,068

16 KILLERS HOT FUSS 42,613 -29 60,255 2,422,351

17 RASCAL FLATTS FEELS LIKE TODAY 40,988 -20 51,500 2,501,268

18 BOW WOW WANTED 40,746 -10 45,055 414,250

19 CRAZY FROG CRAZY HITS 40,382 999 94 40,476

20 TRICK PONY R.I.D.E. 33,912 999 162 34,075

21 BUBLE*MICHAEL IT'S TIME 33,182 13 29,307 782,579

22 URBAN*KEITH BE HERE 32,459 -14 37,631 1,613,941

23 YING YANG TWINS UNITED STATE OF ATLANTA 32,216 -11 36,135 610,113

24 KEITH*TOBY HONKYTONK UNIVERSITY 31,743 6 29,988 1,096,991

25 JONES*MIKE WHO IS MIKE JONES? 30,319 -9 33,168 1,030,572

26 SYSTEM OF A DOWN MEZMERIZE 27,664 -8 30,007 1,318,363

27 JOHNSON*JACK IN BETWEEN DREAMS 26,746 -13 30,620 1,392,781

28 CLICK FIVE GREETINGS FROM IMRIE HOUSE 26,327 -49 51,541 77,974

29 SUGARLAND TWICE THE SPEED OF 26,124 -42 44,705 830,819

30 311 DON'T TREAD ON ME 26,056 -71 91,164 117,444

31 FOO FIGHTERS IN YOUR HONOR 25,891 -17 31,047 875,423

32 MCCOY*NEAL THAT'S LIFE 25,185 999 329 25,544

33 50 CENT MASSACRE 24,090 -6 25,703 4,278,632

34 ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS MOVE ALONG 23,875 -16 28,540 281,156

35 COOK*DANE RETALIATION 23,862 -23 30,829 223,176

36 KIDZ BOP KIDS KIDZ BOP 8 22,653 -20 28,210 153,917

37 JACK'S MANNEQUIN EVERYTHING IN TRANSIT 22,163 999 41 22,205

38 ELLIOTT*MISSY COOKBOOK 22,089 -7 23,763 436,191

39 KELLY*R. TP.3 RELOADED 21,263 -29 29,790 913,250

40 COLE*KEYSHIA WAY IT IS 20,904 52 13,716 248,236

41 MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE THREE CHEERS FOR SWEET REVENGE 20,869 -5 22,022 935,149

42 PRETTY RICKY BLUE STARS 20,844 -4 21,743 430,689

43 WEEZER MAKE BELIEVE 19,501 2 19,200 675,269

44 NEW PORNOGRAPHERS TWIN CINEMA 19,096 999 117 19,220

45 FEAR FACTORY TRANSGRESSION 18,913 999 153 19,067

46 WILSON*GRETCHEN HERE FOR THE PARTY 18,654 4 18,001 3,810,389

47 JENNINGS*LYFE LYFE 268-192 18,565 -3 19,099 632,635

48 STONE*JOSS MIND BODY & SOUL 18,145 139 7,599 974,696

49 LIFEHOUSE LIFEHOUSE 18,136 -1 18,300 493,462

50 KEITH*TOBY VOL. 2-GREATEST HITS 17,962 2 17,600 2,642,844

51 DUKES OF HAZZARD SOUNDTRACK 17,600 -27 24,023 155,240

52 SHAKIRA FIJACION ORAL 17,409 -10 19,268 522,646

53 ALDEAN*JASON JASON ALDEAN 16,806 -4 17,493 99,623

54 MARY MARY MARY MARY 16,792 -1 16,993 146,657

55 PAPA ROACH GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER 16,763 -7 18,018 917,438

56 GUNS N'ROSES GREATEST HITS 16,625 9 15,239 2,332,036

57 IL DIVO IL DIVO 16,617 31 12,710 810,341

58 THOMAS*ROB SOMETHING TO BE 16,305 -4 16,897 986,915

59 SLIM THUG ALREADY PLATINUM 16,075 -9 17,570 302,667

60 KURUPT AGAINST THE GRAIN 15,898 999 141 16,058

61 MATTHEWS*DAVE BAND STAND UP 15,646 -8 17,037 1,177,862

62 AUDIOSLAVE OUT OF EXILE 15,373 1 15,272 723,716

63 KEM ALBUM II 15,303 16 13,147 487,438

64 HUSTLE & FLOW SOUNDTRACK 15,273 -22 19,513 177,005

65 SIMON*CARLY MOONLIGHT SERENADE 15,103 -31 21,760 190,421

66 NICKEL CREEK WHY SHOULD THE FIRE DIE? 15,051 -30 21,494 78,650

67 SEETHER KARMA & EFFECT 14,728 -0 14,760 363,989

68 MARI*TEAIRRA ROC-A-FELLA PRESENTS TEAIRRA M 14,721 -14 17,170 125,479

69 MCDONALD*MICHAEL ULTIMATE COLLECTION 14,684 -26 19,932 74,938

70 NALICK*ANNA WRECK OF THE DAY 14,641 -12 16,683 364,895

71 EVERY TIME I DIE GUTTER PHENOMENON 14,230 999 60 14,290

72 COMMON BE 14,178 6 13,421 583,439

73 ALY & AJ INTO THE RUSH 14,105 -43 24,683 38,870

74 SIX FEET UNDER 2 SOUNDTRACK 14,055 860 1,464 25,246

75 WHITE STRIPES GET BEHIND ME SATAN 14,043 -10 15,531 506,775

76 CIARA GOODIES 13,636 -6 14,527 2,279,827

77 MRAZ*JASON MR. A-Z 13,417 -21 17,028 169,497

78 STRAIT*GEORGE SOMEWHERE DOWN IN TEXAS 13,070 -23 17,000 548,071

79 DESTINY'S CHILD DESTINY FULFILLED 12,986 -10 14,361 2,862,666

80 BEDINGFIELD*NATASHA UNWRITTEN 12,887 -19 15,852 82,603

81 SILVERSTEIN DISCOVERING THE WATERFRONT 12,876 -51 26,229 39,430

82 BACKSTREET BOYS NEVER GONE 12,837 -17 15,439 596,153

83 SONGZ*TREY I GOTTA MAKE IT 12,738 12 11,411 100,337

84 LEE*TOMMY TOMMYLAND: THE RIDE 12,646 -3 13,032 41,975

85 CROSSFADE CROSSFADE 12,346 -7 13,229 896,714

86 BABYFACE GROWN & SEXY 12,319 -23 15,937 134,720

87 BLED FOUND IN THE FLOOD 12,078 999 103 12,181

88 HAWTHORNE HEIGHTS SILENCE IN BLACK & WHITE 12,058 -18 14,675 502,312

89 KING*CAROLE LIVING ROOM TOUR 11,933 -22 15,275 200,716

90 BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB HOWL 11,823 999 65 11,888

91 3 DOORS DOWN SEVENTEEN DAYS 11,710 -6 12,452 1,051,224

92 CELTIC WOMAN CELTIC WOMAN 11,676 -12 13,278 216,851

93 OFFSPRING GREATEST HITS 11,534 -11 12,935 282,310

94 FRANKIE J ONE 11,461 -8 12,394 654,656

95 VALENTINO*BOBBY DTP PRESENTS BOBBY VALENTINO 11,366 -5 12,017 558,670

96 SMASH MOUTH ALL STAR: THE SMASH HITS 11,304 999 37 11,341

97 NINE INCH NAILS WITH TEETH 11,264 -7 12,081 683,209

98 LEGEND*JOHN GET LIFTED 11,098 10 10,100 1,359,646

99 MONTGOMERY GENTRY YOU DO YOUR THING 10,690 -3 11,013 708,642

100 MORISSETTE*ALANIS JAGGED LITTLE PILL ACOUSTIC 10,662 -14 12,446 232,824

101 SIMPLE PLAN STILL NOT GETTING ANY 10,567 -17 12,789 1,291,331

102 TAPROOT BLUE-SKY RESEARCH 10,490 -62 27,727 38,278

103 AKON TROUBLE 10,334 3 10,062 1,170,956

104 RELIENT K MMHMM 10,329 -18 12,638 326,145

105 MCCLINTON*DELBERT COST OF LIVING 9,944 999 74 10,018

106 VAN ZANT GET RIGHT WITH THE MAN 9,903 -9 10,900 234,727

107 BENTLEY*DIERKS MODERN DAY DRIFTER 9,896 -1 10,032 284,346

108 DADDY YANKEE BARRIO FINO 9,835 2 9,674 789,360

109 B5 B5 9,743 -5 10,278 115,946

110 HOUSTON*MARQUES NAKED 9,644 -5 10,152 229,061

111 WEST*KANYE COLLEGE DROP OUT 9,563 49 6,436 2,714,814

112 CHESNEY*KENNY WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN 9,559 -7 10,307 3,675,270

113 WEBBIE SAVAGE LIFE 9,517 -16 11,283 190,664

114 KELLEY*JOSH ALMOST HONEST 9,437 999 20 9,463

115 BECK GUERO 9,347 -11 10,448 665,708

116 BIG & RICH HORSE OF A DIFFERENT COLOR 9,308 -11 10,448 2,374,839

117 SELAH GREATEST HYMNS 9,265 999 108 3,963

118 BOYZ N DA HOOD BOYZ N DA HOOD 9,069 -15 10,664 285,553

119 EMINEM ENCORE 8,901 -12 10,164 4,765,307

120 AVENGED SEVENFOLD CITY OF EVIL 8,832 -8 9,569 122,830

121 LIL ROB TWELVE EIGHTEEN 8,629 -15 10,151 82,953

122 TWAIN*SHANIA GREATEST HITS 8,498 -3 8,791 3,191,765

123 EAGLES VERY BEST OF THE EAGLES 8,243 -12 9,341 1,675,583

124 DEGRAW*GAVIN CHARIOT-STRIPPED 8,190 -13 9,464 599,518

125 HIP HOP HITS VOL. 10-HIP HOP HITS 8,170 -9 9,024 59,150

126 PHANTOM OF THE OPERA SOUNDTRACK 8,130 -14 9,421 792,552

127 MCGRAW*TIM LIVE LIKE YOU WERE DYING 7,942 -11 8,962 3,453,007

128 BENATAR*PAT GREATEST HITS 7,866 5 7,463 131,037

129 LUDACRIS RED LIGHT DISTRICT 7,832 -6 8,321 1,878,949

130 RBD REBELDE 7,783 10 7,106 98,263

131 MORGAN*CRAIG MY KIND OF LIVIN' 7,615 -3 7,860 190,550

132 HAMILTON*ANTHONY SOULIFE 7,557 -3 7,817 156,773

133 GRUPO BRYNDIS POR MUCHAS 7,534 -29 10,590 44,554

134 AQUALUNG STRANGE & BEAUTIFUL 7,495 11 6,776 69,466

135 BRATZ ROCK ANGELZ 7,460 -17 8,984 55,223

136 DEF LEPPARD ROCK OF AGES 7,330 -11 8,238 291,838

137 VARIOUS VOL. 4-TOTALLY COUNTRY 7,236 -6 7,713 608,224

138 OMARION O 7,210 -2 7,366 629,116

139 RIMES*LEANN THIS WOMAN 7,180 -1 7,279 417,372

140 MUDVAYNE LOST & FOUND 7,162 -13 8,189 505,794

141 LARRY THE CABLE GUY RIGHT TO BARE ARMS 7,082 -14 8,190 526,461

142 WICKED ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING 6,897 -5 7,223 461,388

143 RAY SOUNDTRACK 6,857 9 6,272 1,408,737

144 GAME DOCUMENTARY 6,852 -17 8,245 2,195,986

145 TIGRES DEL NORTE LAS MAS PEDIDAS 6,848 -12 7,758 14,851

146 NOW 18 NOW 18 6,845 -18 8,357 1,310,951

147 AGNEW*TODD REFLECTION OF SOMETHING 6,834 -44 12,242 4,181

148 T.I. URBAN LEGEND 6,831 3 6,625 1,187,242

149 GRACIN*JOSH JOSH GRACIN 6,817 -1 6,914 490,359

150 ADKINS*TRACE SONGS ABOUT ME 6,794 -2 6,908 277,518

151 HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH LOOKING FOR LUCKY 6,791 -32 9,940 37,451

152 10 YEARS AUTUMN EFFECT 6,769 -51 13,725 20,531

153 BAYSIDE BAYSIDE 6,747 999 105 6,858

153 DAY*HOWIE STOP ALL THE WORLD NOW 6,747 -16 8,012 599,874

155 BRAVERY BRAVERY 6,721 -6 7,154 235,561

156 STRAIT*GEORGE 50 NUMBER ONES 6,707 -11 7,517 2,449,358

157 ANDERSON*KEITH THREE CHORD COUNTRY & AMERICAN 6,620 -24 8,763 164,835

158 RISE AGAINST SIREN SONG OF THE COUNTER CULT 6,571 -11 7,365 245,683

159 SLOW MOTION SLOW MOTION 6,568 -12 7,456 117,365

160 MCCARTNEY*JESSE BEAUTIFUL SOUL 6,424 -17 7,734 986,314

161 LAMBERT*MIRANDA KEROSENE 6,422 -8 6,978 236,203

162 GRANT*NATALIE AWAKEN 6,278 -6 6,678 52,043

163 SMITH*WILL LOST & FOUND 6,180 -15 7,237 617,854

164 D.H.T. LISTEN TO YOUR HEART 6,111 -10 6,778 49,970

165 HOT APPLE PIE HOT APPLE PIE 6,000 -7 6,445 79,406

166 WWE/CENA*JOHN & THA TRADEMARC YOU CAN'T SEE ME 5,936 -0 5,959 216,478

167 CASSIDY I'M A HUSTLA 5,884 -23 7,642 213,770

168 GARDEN STATE SOUNDTRACK 5,873 -12 6,678 1,012,160

169 VARIOUS WOW # 1'S 5,835 -12 6,635 117,687

170 CHARLES*RAY GENIUS LOVES COMPANY 5,819 -3 6,020 3,039,221

171 LAVIGNE*AVRIL UNDER MY SKIN 5,790 -5 6,107 2,800,014

172 FAT JOE ALL OR NOTHING 5,762 -17 6,968 252,579

173 USHER CONFESSIONS 5,723 -5 6,029 9,039,228

174 FANTASIA FREE YOURSELF 5,697 -10 6,330 1,588,955

175 BRONCO EL GIGANTE POR TI 5,672 999 95 5,767

176 50 MOST LOVED HYMNS 50 MOST LOVED HYMNS 5,644 -21 7,108 128,337

177 BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY GREATEST HITS 5,622 -2 5,730 320,234

178 2005 WARPED TOUR COMPILATION 2005 WARPED TOUR COMPILATION 5,618 -50 11,253 224,198

179 INTERPOL ANTICS 5,605 202 1,853 371,421

180 BOWLING FOR SOUP HANGOVER YOU DON'T DESERVE 5,557 -9 6,123 478,173

181 GRUPO BRYNDIS MEJOR COLECCION 5,555 293 1,415 11,538

182 CASTING CROWNS CASTING CROWNS 5,518 0 5,512 432,102

183 MCENTIRE*REBA ROOM TO BREATHE 5,475 -2 5,604 767,719

184 LEDOUX*CHRIS VOL. 1-ANTHOLOGY 5,461 -32 7,983 13,489

185 JENNINGS*SHOOTER PUT THE 'O' BACK IN COUNTRY 5,435 -1 5,517 139,011

186 TLC NOW & FOREVER 5,363 -10 5,973 81,221

187 WORSHIP JAMZ WORSHIP JAMZ 5,291 2 5,176 50,307

188 GROBAN*JOSH CLOSER 5,257 -1 5,305 4,713,155

189 ZUCCHERO ZUCCHERO & CO. 5,223 -10 5,817 60,119

190 GARCIA*JERRY VOL. 1-LEGION OF MARY: JERRY G 5,187 999 71 5,258

191 SHEDAISY SWEET RIGHT HERE 5,169 -8 5,610 408,239

192 ZOMBIE*ROB PAST PRESENT & FUTURE 5,163 2 5,083 724,070

193 SHELTON*BLAKE BLAKE SHELTON'S BARN & GRILL 5,160 -14 6,012 516,884

194 BEE GEES NUMBER ONES 5,157 -4 5,394 597,163

195 VARIOUS JERMAINE DUPRI PRESENTS 5,144 -7 5,557 59,977

196 LIL JON & THE EAST SIDE BOYZ CRUNK JUICE 5,142 2 5,033 2,295,362

197 ANDY ANDY IRONIA 5,133 -9 5,654 54,817

198 NELSON*WILLIE COUNTRYMAN 5,127 -21 6,460 69,995

199 LABELLE*PATTI CLASSIC MOMENTS 5,109 -20 6,390 117,880

200 JACKSON*MICHAEL ESSENTIAL MICHAEL JACKSON 5,104 -15 5,974 44,777

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How can the #1 album, be a greatest hits album, from an artist who only had like..3 or 4 Singles >_>

Better yet how could somebody only 19 years old with only one album out have a greatest hits album? :willvspaparazzi: This is obviously a slow week in music if that happens, btw it's been a slow year in hip-hop too, "Lost and Found" is actually like the 5th highest selling album this year, Ludacris, Kanye West, and Eminem were released last year so they don't count but it's kinda disturbing that they're all sellin' more than "Lost and Found" :shrug:

The top selling hip-hop in 2005:

33 50 CENT MASSACRE 24,090 -6 25,703 4,278,632

144 GAME DOCUMENTARY 6,852 -17 8,245 2,195,986

4 BLACK EYED PEAS MONKEY BUSINESS 85,368 4 82,143 1,208,947

25 JONES*MIKE WHO IS MIKE JONES? 30,319 -9 33,168 1,030,572

163 SMITH*WILL LOST & FOUND 6,180 -15 7,237 617,854

23 YING YANG TWINS UNITED STATE OF ATLANTA 32,216 -11 36,135 610,113

72 COMMON BE 14,178 6 13,421 583,439

7 YOUNG JEEZY LET'S GET IT 61,174 1 60,814 451,142

18 BOW WOW WANTED 40,746 -10 45,055 414,250

172 FAT JOE ALL OR NOTHING 5,762 -17 6,968 252,579

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I'm amazed that some of that stuff is so high and how some of it is so low. If quality waz in issues, FP would be on top along with Common Sense and the Black Eyed Peas. Kanye West would be in the middle...and 50 Cent would be nowhere in sight.

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R.Kelly's album is falling fast, 21K and he's #39 but it looks like he'll be platinum in a couple weeks which only John Legend and Destiny's Child has done recently in r&b, I think he needs to release a new single, the "Trapped In The Closet" episodes are losing interest in the public, the crowd didn't seem to be into the performance at the VMAs. Black Eyed Peas are still doing well, they're #4 on the charts and are already platinum with the 3rd highest selling album, if they could stay in the top 10 for a lil' while they could outsell Game, maybe even 50 Cent too since his sales are slowly fallin' too but not fast enough and with the re-release comin' he'll probably push 5 million altogether like his boy Eminem, that's actually less than "Get Rich Or Die Tryin'" that sold 7 million so slowly his popularity's ending, I see 2 more albums at the most and his career's over especially since he releases nothin' but annoying club anthems, even Eminem is more versatile than him. Mariah Carey might having the highest selling album of the year in music too since she's still #3. 2005 is 2/3 over with only 4 platinum albums and 3 gold albums in hip-hop, that's low considering how many releases came out this year, probably around 100 since there's 3 or 4 released a week, so for Will to be in the top 5 is quite an accomplishment, he's even outsellin' Bow Wow who's half his age. I think Fat Joe doesn't deserve to flop as much as he's had, he should go at least gold 'cause he does got some skills too, he should be in the middle of the charts too if talent sells. Tim's right that the commercial industry is dead, hip-hop is the highest genre and look how low sales are, look like people are losing interest in music.

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As I look at this list I become more convinced that music in general is dead.

Look at the hype Common got and yet he hasn't cracked 600k. It further solidifies my point that the reason why Will hasn't sold more is not putting out more singles but the industry itself and the people at large.

The industry would rather promote filth like 50 Cent and Mike Jones and throw away the 2 best hip-hop cds of the year(Lost & Found, BE). The masses of people are worse because they accept and gravitate toward the filth that's being put out.

:dontgetit: :bangcomp: :tantrum:

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I still can't get with that ideology TopDawg. It can easily be argued that the reason Will is at number 163 on the charts right now and not at a higher position is that in addition to resistance from the industry, he hadn't released a single in 6 months and no one has really talked about Lost and Found for 4 and a half months.

As an artist who promotes positive music, Will will undoubtably meet resistance from the industry, and such resistance will have negative effects on his albums, but by placing the blame soley on the industry and ignoring the poor promotion and the lack on interest in the album due to the absence of more singles, you're turning a blind eye to the main problem Lost and Found has had to deal with.

In saying, "the reason why Will hasn't sold more is not putting out more singles but the industry itself and the people at large," you are in essence intimating that 163 is the glass ceiling for Will at this present time and that there was nothing he nor interscope could have done in their promotion of Lost and Found to change that.

I don't believe that Lost and Found would be at 163 if the album were better promoted and a single had been released earlier to further garner interest in the album.

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Maybe if Will released more singles "Lost and Found" would be doing Black Eyed Peas' or Kanye West's numbers since they're positive rap artists at least but still releasing the worst song on the album as a single and having the 5th highest selling hip-hop album this year is pretty impressive, now if we could get "Party Starter" and "Tell Me Why" to eventually come out over the next few months, it might be the 5h or 6th album to go platinum(assuming that Kanye West goes platinum still, maybe 7th or 8th at the worst if Outkast and DMX have big success again, I think Tony Yayo's gonna flop and start the beginning of G Unit's demise, lol, which'll lead to 50's movie floppin' too) by the time the year's over, it's gonna be a long road to platinum though 'cause even if the album jumps back into the top 40 it'll only sell about 20K a week and if you do the math you'll see that it still won't go platinum even if that happens, people just don't buy that much albums now, the main point is that Will's stil one of the highest selling hip-hop artists after all these years and that's a major accomplishment that shouldn't be taken for granted, I mean even younger rappers like Bow Wow and Cassidy can't even put up his numbers and more pressure's on them to do high numbers 'cause their labels'll drop them and they'll have a hard time signing somewhere else 'cause they don't have Will's resume and status to back them up, even Fat Joe has some security at this point since he has a couple of platinum albums, he'll be able to sign somewhere else if he gets dropped, Will doesn't have to worry about that though 'cause he's got a gold album at the worst case scenerio and that means Interscope must keep him since not many are putting up high numbers, it ain't just Will, like the Fugees said "too many mcs, not enough mics", over 100 commercial rap albums came out and Will's the 5th highest, that means he's outsold 95% of the rap game! :word:

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Well BEP and Kayne are hot right now and the exceptions to the rule. It will be interesting to see if they can keep it up. It might have helped if Will released more singles but how much? It's not like Will's a rookie at this. Dude's been in the game for 20 years. The album got shine thru the hip-hop message boards and there was good word of mouth about the album so what went wrong? Simple, the industry is what went wrong.

Interscope is possibly even worse than Sony concerning proper promotion of an album. The politics of the industry is just ridiculous. You have empty suits in boardrooms controlling music and that just shouldn't be. I'm just sick of it. Rap bores me right now. If not for L&F and Be I would probably be done with rap completely.

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Well BEP and Kayne are hot right now and the exceptions to the rule.  It will be interesting to see if they can keep it up.  It might have helped if Will released more singles but how much?  It's not like Will's a rookie at this.  Dude's been in the game for 20 years.  The album got shine thru the hip-hop message boards and there was good word of mouth about the album so what went wrong?  Simple, the industry is what went wrong.

Interscope is possibly even worse than Sony concerning proper promotion of an album.  The politics of the industry is just ridiculous.  You have empty suits in boardrooms controlling music and that just shouldn't be.  I'm just sick of it.  Rap bores me right now.  If not for L&F and Be I would probably be done with rap completely.

A lot of music consumers have a short memory about artists, you have to constantly display yourself through each album you do, especially 3 years after his last one that flopped, that's decades apart in the average consumer's mind, so for this album to do so well with such poor promotion is even more amazing.

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