50 Cent, The Massacre: 1,141,000
Release Date: 3/8/2005
With the release of Get Rich or Die Tryin', 50 Cent became one of the biggest rap stars in the world. When The Massacre rolled around, 50 had mastered his marketing technique. He started headline-grabbing beefs with Jadakiss and Fat Joe to get the streets buzzing. At the same time, he dropped No. 1 pop smash "Candy Shop" to hedge his bets. What's more impressive than the number of copies sold is the amount of time it took. The album was originally supposed to be released on March 8 but was pushed up five days to counter Internet leaks. 50 not only had some of the biggest first-week sales ever, but did it in a short week.