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ENTERTAINMENT
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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NEWS
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.
NEWS
March 10, 2005 | Robert Hilburn and Baz Dreisinger, Special to The Times
Rapper 50 Cent, who held a press conference Wednesday to say that he has settled his high-profile "differences" with partner the Game, entered the national sales chart at No. 1 the same day, after his new album, "Massacre," sold a record 1.14 million copies in just four days. One reason 50 Cent is so hot is that the 28-year-old New Yorker has been all over pop radio in recent weeks, thanks to such hits as "Disco Inferno," "Candy Shop" (with Olivia) and "How We Do" (with the Game).
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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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