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September 12, 2007 | Todd Martens, Times Staff Writer
It looks like 50 Cent might be retiring at the ripe old age of 32. The Queens, N.Y., rapper announced a few weeks ago that if his new album, "Curtis," did not outsell Kanye West's new collection, "Graduation," during their first week in stores that he would call it quits as a solo recording artist. Well, both albums hit the shelves Tuesday and early results suggest that 50's sales aren't as big as his words.
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September 12, 2007 | Todd Martens, Times Staff Writer
It looks like 50 Cent might be retiring at the ripe old age of 32. The Queens, N.Y., rapper announced a few weeks ago that if his new album, "Curtis," did not outsell Kanye West's new collection, "Graduation," during their first week in stores that he would call it quits as a solo recording artist. Well, both albums hit the shelves Tuesday and early results suggest that 50's sales aren't as big as his words.
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June 23, 2007
Call it a case of art imitating life: Drug dealer turned superstar rap icon 50 Cent is set to portray -- what else? -- a drug dealer in the upcoming indie thriller "Righteous Kill," which co-stars Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro as detectives chasing a serial killer.
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September 10, 2007 | Ann Powers
The "showdown" between Kanye West and 50 Cent, whose new albums both come out Tuesday, has played out -- it was ridiculous before it began and blatantly illustrated the music-loving public's eagerness to participate in media events even when they have no larger relevance or even basis in reality.
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October 31, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A Miami judge has dismissed a copyright infringement lawsuit accusing rapper 50 Cent of stealing the opening line for his 2003 hit "In Da Club" from a song by former 2 Live Crew frontman Luther Campbell. U.S. District Judge Paul C. Huck found that the disputed phrase was a "common, unoriginal, and noncopyrightable element of the song" and was not entitled to copyright protection. Campbell's song appeared on his 1994 solo album "Still a Freak for Life."
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November 3, 2005 | From Associated Press
Rap feuds aren't usually about differing opinions on President Bush. However, that appears to be the case with 50 Cent and Kanye West. 50 Cent says he disagrees with West's remark that "George Bush doesn't care about black people," proclaimed during a September telethon for Hurricane Katrina victims. "I think people responded to it the best way they can," the rapper told ContactMusic.com. "What Kanye West was saying, I don't know where that came from."
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March 17, 2004 | Richard Cromelin
Rapper 50 Cent, whose benefactor and mentor Eminem weathered similar accusations earlier in his career, is taking heat for comments about gays that appear in the April issue of Playboy magazine. After using a common pejorative for gays, 50 Cent adds, "I don't like gay people around me, because I'm not comfortable with what their thoughts are. I'm not prejudiced. I just don't go with gay people and kick it -- we don't have that much in common."
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September 10, 2007 | Ann Powers
The "showdown" between Kanye West and 50 Cent, whose new albums both come out Tuesday, has played out -- it was ridiculous before it began and blatantly illustrated the music-loving public's eagerness to participate in media events even when they have no larger relevance or even basis in reality.
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March 17, 2005 | Robert Hilburn, Times Staff Writer
Rapper 50 Cent's "The Massacre," which entered the national sales chart at No. 1 on March 9 after selling 1.14 million copies in its first four days in the stores, holds on to the top chart spot after selling 771,000 more copies last week. With that success, 50 Cent's extended musical family on Interscope Records claims three spots in the Top 10, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Compton rapper the Game, who is part of 50 Cent's rap group G-Unit, holds the No.
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August 3, 2005 | Randy Lewis
A behind-the-scenes look at this summer's Eminem-50 Cent "Anger Management" tour premieres at 5 p.m. today in a webcast on MTV Overdrive, part of MTV.com, six days ahead of its conventional telecast on the MTV cable channel. MTV officials describe the hybrid offering as a network television first.
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September 7, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Like candidates trying to sway voters on Election Day, Kanye West and 50 Cent will appear on BET's "106 & Park" on Tuesday, when both their heavily anticipated albums hit stores. West and 50 Cent have hyped the albums as an epic battle of rap titans -- 50 Cent has said he'd retire if West's "Graduation" outsells his "Curtis" CD in their first week out.
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June 23, 2007
Call it a case of art imitating life: Drug dealer turned superstar rap icon 50 Cent is set to portray -- what else? -- a drug dealer in the upcoming indie thriller "Righteous Kill," which co-stars Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro as detectives chasing a serial killer.
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October 31, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A Miami judge has dismissed a copyright infringement lawsuit accusing rapper 50 Cent of stealing the opening line for his 2003 hit "In Da Club" from a song by former 2 Live Crew frontman Luther Campbell. U.S. District Judge Paul C. Huck found that the disputed phrase was a "common, unoriginal, and noncopyrightable element of the song" and was not entitled to copyright protection. Campbell's song appeared on his 1994 solo album "Still a Freak for Life."
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November 15, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Rap performer 50 Cent will start a line of books published by Simon & Schuster based on his rhymes about drug dealing, street crime and expensive cars. The publisher will pair with parent company Viacom Inc.'s MTV division to issue a series of graphic novels and novellas starting in 2007 geared to young black readers, Pocket Books Publisher Louise Burke said Monday. 50 Cent, born Curtis Jackson, will be an advisor for the books, she said.
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November 10, 2005 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
THE name "50 Cent" and the words "modest success" just don't seem to go together for lots of reasons, but that's the best way to describe the early sales of the "Get Rich or Die Tryin' " soundtrack CD, which hit stores on Tuesday and is lagging well off the rapper's usually torrid sales pace. "It wasn't quite what some people expected," said Geoff Mayfield, director of charts and senior analyst for Billboard, the music industry trade publication. Early reports from retailers had the 18-track CD on pace to sell about 300,000 in its first week, although the release of the tie-in film on Wednesday should factor into its weekend performance.
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November 3, 2005 | From Associated Press
Rap feuds aren't usually about differing opinions on President Bush. However, that appears to be the case with 50 Cent and Kanye West. 50 Cent says he disagrees with West's remark that "George Bush doesn't care about black people," proclaimed during a September telethon for Hurricane Katrina victims. "I think people responded to it the best way they can," the rapper told ContactMusic.com. "What Kanye West was saying, I don't know where that came from."
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September 7, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Like candidates trying to sway voters on Election Day, Kanye West and 50 Cent will appear on BET's "106 & Park" on Tuesday, when both their heavily anticipated albums hit stores. West and 50 Cent have hyped the albums as an epic battle of rap titans -- 50 Cent has said he'd retire if West's "Graduation" outsells his "Curtis" CD in their first week out.
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February 25, 2005 | Richard Cromelin
Like the last two albums by his mentor Eminem and his own 2003 debut, the new collection by rapper 50 Cent will be released earlier than planned in response to widespread bootlegging. "The Massacre," which is expected to be a commercial blockbuster, will now come out on Thursday instead of the scheduled March 8. The rapper's debut, "Get Rich or Die Tryin'," has sold more than 7 million copies in the U.S. and was the biggest-selling album of 2003.
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August 3, 2005 | Randy Lewis
A behind-the-scenes look at this summer's Eminem-50 Cent "Anger Management" tour premieres at 5 p.m. today in a webcast on MTV Overdrive, part of MTV.com, six days ahead of its conventional telecast on the MTV cable channel. MTV officials describe the hybrid offering as a network television first.
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June 19, 2005 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
To make himself a movie star and his life story a movie, the rapper 50 Cent had to revisit the day he was shot nine times by lying on freezing asphalt for three hours with a chest full of fake blood and bullet holes. For other scenes, he had to conjure up the walk and talk of his youth, when he was an orphaned kid living on a desperate boulevard in Queens, N.Y., where a beating or arrest could be around the corner. He even had to narrate the murder of his mother and the torching of her corpse.
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