Update: Reporting Error Boosts Sales For Lupe, Chingy, Fergie And Others

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.

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