View Full Version : 9/29 Reporting Error Boosts Sales For Lupe, Chingy, Fergie And Others

09-29-2006, 07:14 PM
An error in this week's Nielsen SoundScan sales numbers reflected inaccurate sales figures, resulting in misleading numbers for artists like Lupe Fiasco, Chingy, and Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas.

SoundScan subscribers were advised that there "may be anomalies in the data for the week ending 9/24/06, after a system failure at a "major chain," reportedly Best Buy, which touts itself as the "largest specialty retailer of consumer electronics, personal computers and related goods in North America."

Fiasco was originally reported to have sold 58,000 copies of his debut Food & Liquor, but the actual number is over 80,000 units sold, landing the rapper at #1 on Billboard's Top Rap Albums chart.

The error also boosted sales of Chingy's latest release Hoodstar from 70,000 to over 77,000 units sold.

While the error diluted sales data, the top six albums on Billboard's Top 200 album chart remained in the same as the order of the chart's original version.

However, there were changes made in rank to various charts and Billboard will reflect the changes in next week's list.

An updated version of the affected Billboard charts will be available at Billboard.com today.

Fiasco expressed excitement upon hearing about the SoundScan error.

"Hi my peoples...actually this week's Billboards numbers are off because of an error!!!...Best Buy hadn't [sic] turned in their sales...I must remind I was the number #1 seller at Best Buy this week," the rapper posted on the message board for Atlantic Records, his recording home. "The numbers without Best Buy stand at 57,000...the new numbers will be out this Friday after they turn in...hahahahaha...GOD IS GREAT!!!!"

The processing error didn't only affect Hip-Hop acts.

Megaforce Records expressed discontent for paying $26,000 a year for SoundScan, only to have one of its acts to seemingly move 12,183 units: "Shouldn't it be SoundScan's job to report the actual sales numbers, not a guessing game?"

Other tracking companys reported that the act sold more than twice that number.

09-29-2006, 07:51 PM
Wow.... Chingy 77,000? wow

09-29-2006, 08:55 PM
chingys been over since he said 'right thuur'. but damn, i wish lupe had sold more.