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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).
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.
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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