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Hip-Hop News: 50 Cent Says He's On "Cloud Nine"
Shady/Aftermath rapper 50 Cent says he's on "cloud nine" after the release of his new album.
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By Paul Russell
2/10/2003 2:24:13 AM

50 Cent's Shady/Aftermath Interscope release, 'Get Rich Or Die Tryin' is predicted to go gold in the first week and claim the number one position on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart this week.

The album was released five days before it's scheduled February 11 date to combat bootlegging and Internet piracy.

"The people that might wish I do bad are shocked," 50 Cent told AllHipHop.com. "I’m already doing better than people would expect me to do. So, I’m on cloud nine. I can only do better because of my space right now.”

50 also said that his current situation on Eminem's Shady imprint is much more lucrative than the deal he had when he was on Columbia.

"My deal with Columbia wasn’t a good deal. It was for $250,000," 50 continued. "I got $65,000 in advance, $50,000 went to Jam Master Jay, $10,000 went to the lawyers that negotiated that deal and that negotiated the release. I was left with $5,000. I was still selling crack."

The days of grinding in the streets for drug money are long gone for the rapper.

Interscope shipped 1 million units of 'Get Rich Or Die Tryin' and added an additional 400,000 shortly after the release to cover the strong demand.

The indie album that he released, 'Guess Who’s Back'? also racked up almost 20k sales last week.

Industry analysts said that the album could sell as much as 750,000 units for the week and when it debuts on the Billboard chart next week, it will take the number one spot from the Dixie Chicks.

50 is currently touring to support the album. Here are few upcoming dates:

Rhode Island College
Providence, RI United States

Old Dominion College
Baltimore, MD United States

Baltimore Arena
Baltimore, MD United States

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