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Kanye West beats 50 Cent to top of UK charts

Kanye West

Story by Jack Foley

RAPPER Kanye West has won the battle of the rappers with 50 Cent to claim the top spot in the UK album chart.

West’s Graduation beat 50 Cent’s Curtis in the album stakes, while his single Stronger stayed ahead of 50 Cent’s Ayo Technology (featuring Justin Timberlake) in the singles charts.

The result looks set to be emulated in the US charts, where early projects suggest West will sell 700,000 copies of his album – ahead of 50 Cent.

If that is the case, it could well mean that 50 Cent will retire from making solo albums – given that he vowed to do so if West won the race.

The rap battle meant that another of the week’s big UK releases, KT Tunstall’s sophomore album Drastic Fantastic, had to settle for third place despite winning better reviews than either of the higher placed albums.

And Australian singer Natalie Imbruglia underlined her continued popularity by entering the charts at number five with a compilation of her greatest hits.

In the singles charts, teenage star Sean Kingston remained on top for a third week with Beautiful Girls, while late opera star Luciano Pavarotti climbed from 24 to 12 with Nessun Dorma and Elvis Presley scored a new entry at number 14 with a reissue of his 1957 hit Party.

It remains to be seen whether West will remain on top of the album charts for long, given that the new album from James Blunt is among the high-profile releases for September 17 – along with new albums from the hotly-tipped Rumble Strips, Scouting For Girls and Terra Naomi.