With some projections suggesting that Kanye West‘s Graduation could notch as many as 900,000 CDs sold in its first week when Nielsen SoundScan numbers are released tonight — leaving 50 Cent‘s Curtis in the dust with a still-respectable figure of more than 600,000 — no one is happier than West’s boss, Def Jam CEO Shawn ”Jay-Z” Carter. Jay called EW.com today to do a little pre-emptive gloating, talk about his favorite Graduation cuts, and reveal the real story behind his own unlikely collaboration with onetime rival 50 Cent.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So Kanye’s having a pretty amazing week in sales.
JAY-Z: The Best Damn Week. What’s the name of that show?
Best Week Ever?
[Laughs] Yeah, yeah! I mixed the two up, [Fox Sports Net’s] The Best Damn Sports Show [Period] and [VH1’s] Best Week Ever.
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