|Kanye West album ''Graduation'' widely outsold 50 Cent's ''Curtis'' in first week sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan: 957,000 copies to 691,000 copies.
''To be a champion, you've got to take out a champion,'' West declared Tuesday night, as an all-star crowd including Jay-Z, Beyonce, and Diddy cheered him on. Moments later, he called for his ''theme music,'' then launched into a performance of his song ''Good Life.''
''It feels overwhelming,'' West told The Associated Press earlier in the day. ''Everyone is coming up to me and telling me how proud they are of me.''
Though selling almost 700,000 copies in the first week is a sterling achievement, it was still a considerable letdown for 50 Cent. His last album, 2005's ''The Massacre,'' sold 1.1 million in its first week. In fact, West's ''Graduation'' is the only other album to come close to that figure since.