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Pac Tops Charts, Play Debuts

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Shakur’s latest posthumous album, Death Row Records

double CD, "Until The End Of Time," debuted at

No 1 on the album chart this week — six days after release,

putting the label back on top.

The release

moved approximately 430,000 units. More than 20 selections

of never-before-released material from the Death Row vaults

are contained on the CD, all written and performed by Tupac.

"Without

a doubt, this new CD further establishes 2Pac as rap’s dominant

voice," say’s Death Row Records founder and owner,

Suge Knight, who also served as executive producer on "Until

The End Of Time."

"Until

The End Of Time" is expected to become the rapper’s

eighth consecutive platinum CD for sales of more than one

million units, says Death Row. It will be the first of two

double-CDs from the 2Pac tapes in Death Row’s archives to

be released by Death Row Records.

"Both were

recorded at the same prolific period of his life — 1995-1996,"

says Knight. "It was a creative period for Pac."

In other Pac

related news, a play titled "Up Against The Wind"

debuted in New York City Monday night. Afeni Shakur, whose

was played by actress Hazelle Goodman, was in tears at times,

as she watched her son’s life story played out. The play

was written by Michael Develle and Shakur’s sister Sekyiwa

acted as a consultant to ensure accuracy.

Members of The

Outlawz attended the play, which was showcased at the New

York Theater Workshop. "2PAC was a born star. You just

know when somebody got it" said group member E.D.I.

"If you knew a person like Pac all your life you would

say that he was a born star. All people – not just us –

all people knew that about him. You knew he was gonna do

something special."

The play consists

of two acts and begins during Pac’s trial for sexual assault

and ends after he was killed in a hail of bullets in Las

Vegas.

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