…50 lost to Mariah. Ok, so it’s not really really official since technically there are two more days in the year, and I guess it’s possible that 50 could move the 32,000 units he would need to surpass Mariah, but I think it’s safe to call this one now. I hate doing two 50 related posts back to back, but I’ve let a few things slide without comment over the last couple of weeks and I don’t want you guys to think I’m going soft. Anyhoo, as much as I would like to spit a couple paragraphs on why this is great news, I think Status Ain’t Hood summed it up pretty well:
"…it’s a fitting story to end 50’s year: this guy started out invincible, even though he made an inert and mediocre album, and he made plenty of headline-grabbing career moves in 05, but he still ended up looking vaguely weak in the end. He never effectively responded to Game’s endlessly fascinating year-long character-assassination campaign, his movie bricked, his video game didn’t set the world on fire, and his proposed line of sex toys is some bizarrely embarrassing insane-dictator shit. And the top 200 tells the story of a couple of other painful losses for 50: no placement whatsoever for his pretty-great Get Rich or Die Tryin’ soundtrack (which, admittedly, was released late in the year) and Tony Yayo’s truly awful Thoughts of a Predicate Felon only coming up at #152, two places below Ja Rule. The Massacre may have sold a kajillion copies, but 50 still somehow came out of the year not looking so good."