The Pad­dys pre­fer Fiddy

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

Who’s the man? Well, in hip-hop block­buster terms, Kanye West (right) is the man, shift­ing 957,000 copies of his Grad­u­a­tion album in one week in the US, com­pared to the 691,000 sales ac­crued by his ri­val 50 Cent for Cur­tis.

It’s a sales pat­tern which is re­peated world­wide, with West trump­ing Fiddy amost ev­ery­where else. Ire­land was one of the few ter­ri­to­ries where the or­der was re­versed. Proof then that we re­ally do pre­fer the more po-faced, stodgy, unimag­i­na­tive gangsta pos­tur­ing variety of hip-hop.

But the con­trived bat­tle be­tween the two rap­pers did lure buy­ers in the shops. Iron­i­cally, both rap­pers were flog­ging be­low-av­er­age records, yet this had no bear­ing on the hype sur­round­ing the tus­sle.

Kanye West plays Live at the Mar­quee in the Phoenix Park, Dublin on Novem­ber 30th and the Odyssey, Belfast on De­cem­ber 1st.

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