Jim Carroll

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The Paddys prefer Fiddy

Who’s the man? Well, in hip-hop blockbuster terms, Kanye West is the man, shifting 957,000 copies of his Graduation album in one week in the US, compared to the 691,000 sales accrued by his rival 50 Cent for Curtis. It’s …

Fri, Sep 21, 2007, 09:06

   

Who’s the man? Well, in hip-hop blockbuster terms, Kanye West is the man, shifting 957,000 copies of his Graduation album in one week in the US, compared to the 691,000 sales accrued by his rival 50 Cent for Curtis.

It’s a sales pattern which is repeated worldwide, with West trumping Fiddy amost everywhere else. Ireland was one of the few territories where the order was reversed. Proof then that we really do prefer the more po-faced, stodgy, unimaginative gangsta posturing variety of hip-hop.

But the contrived battle between the two rappers did lure buyers in the shops. Ironically, both rappers were flogging below-average records, yet this had no bearing on the hype surrounding the tussle.

Kanye West plays Live at the Marquee in the Phoenix Park, Dublin on November 30th and the Odyssey, Belfast on December 1st.

UPDATE Fiddy, who promised to stop rapping if he lost the chart battle to Kanye, plays the RDS, Dublin on November 4.