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Bruce Willis wants revenge in 'The Prince' trailer

Bruce Willis wants revenge in 'The Prince' trailer

LOS ANGELES, June 28 (UPI) --Bruce Willis plays the bad guy in newly released trailer for 'The Prince,' also starring Jason Patric.
Danielle Haynes
50 Cent to produce and appear in Starz series 'Power'

50 Cent to produce and appear in Starz series 'Power'

LOS ANGELES, April 9 (UPI) -- Premium cable network Starz has announced that their new 50 Cent-produced series "Power" will make its debut on June 7.
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50 Cent ordered to pay $16 million in Sleek Audio case

50 Cent ordered to pay $16 million in Sleek Audio case

BRADENTON, Fla., April 9 (UPI) -- A judge has ordered musician Curtis Jackson, aka 50 Cent, to pay $16.1 million to Sleek Audio for stealing their design for a set of headphones.
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50 Cent jokes that he'd like to try kissing Erin Andrews again

50 Cent jokes that he'd like to try kissing Erin Andrews again

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Rapper 50 Cent jokes about embarrassing attempt to kiss ESPN's Erin Andrews at last year's Daytona 500.
By DANIELLE HAYNES, UPI.com
50 Cent pleads not guilty to domestic violence charges

50 Cent pleads not guilty to domestic violence charges

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Rapper 50 Cent pleaded not guilty in a Los Angeles court to domestic violence charges related to an alleged June altercation with his ex-girlfriend.
50 Cent denies kicking his ex-girlfriend

50 Cent denies kicking his ex-girlfriend

LOS ANGELES, July 5 (UPI) -- Curtis Jackson, U.S. hip-hop artist known as 50 Cent, is denying he kicked the mother of his child and committed property damage during an argument in June.
50 Cent charged with assaulting ex-girlfriend

50 Cent charged with assaulting ex-girlfriend

LOS ANGELES, July 3 (UPI) -- Rapper 50 Cent Wednesday was charged with assaulting and injuring an ex-girlfriend who is the mother of his child, Los Angeles prosecutors said.
50 Cent 'fine' after N.Y. car crash

50 Cent 'fine' after N.Y. car crash

NEW YORK, June 26 (UPI) -- Curtis Jackson's publicist says the rapper known as 50 Cent is "doing fine" after his sport-utility vehicle collided with a truck Tuesday morning in New York.
50 Cent loses tats, weight for movie role

50 Cent loses tats, weight for movie role

HOLLYWOOD, May 27 (UPI) -- U.S. rapper 50 Cent says it took him more than two months to shed about 50 pounds to play a cancer-riddled football player in the film "Things Fall Apart."
50 Cent's new film to screen in 10 cities

50 Cent's new film to screen in 10 cities

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Rapper 50 Cent says his feature film directorial debut, "Before I Self Destruct," will be screened in 10 U.S. cities next month.
50 Cent testifies in house lawsuit

50 Cent testifies in house lawsuit

HARTFORD , Conn., June 3 (UPI) -- Hip-hop artist 50 Cent has testified in Connecticut's Hartford Superior Court against an engineering firm he is suing.
Whitaker, 50 Cent cast in 'Jekyll'

Whitaker, 50 Cent cast in 'Jekyll'

LOS ANGELES, May 14 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Forest Whitaker and rapper 50 Cent have signed up for roles in a contemporary adaptation of "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde."
50 Cent says cleared in mansion fire

50 Cent says cleared in mansion fire

YAPHANK, N.Y., May 9 (UPI) -- U.S. rapper 50 Cent says police have cleared him in a fire that almost killed his former girlfriend, but local authorities say no one has been ruled out.
Rourke not interested in 'Sin City' sequel

Rourke not interested in 'Sin City' sequel

NEW YORK, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. actor and Golden Globe nominee Mickey Rourke says his participation in a sequel to the 2005 film "Sin City" is up in the air.
Taco Bell criticizes 50 Cent over lawsuit

Taco Bell criticizes 50 Cent over lawsuit

NEW YORK, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. rapper 50 Cent should have said "no," instead of filing a lawsuit, if he didn't want to appear in a Taco Bell ad campaign, the U.S. fast-food chain says.
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Curtis Jackson
Actor Val Kilmer (L) and 50 Cent aka Curtis Jackson arrive at the 37th annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles on November 22, 2009. UPI/Jim Ruymen
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Curtis James Jackson III (born July 6, 1975), better known by his stage name 50 Cent, is an American Grammy Award winning rapper and actor. He rose to fame with the release of his albums Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2003) and The Massacre (2005). Get Rich or Die Tryin' has been certified 8 times platinum by the RIAA and has sold over 15 million copies worldwide. His album The Massacre has been certified 5 times platinum by the RIAA and has sold 11 million copies worldwide. Both albums sold more than twenty-six million copies combined.

Born in South Jamaica, Queens, Jackson began drug dealing at the age of twelve during the 1980s crack epidemic. After leaving drug dealing to pursue a rap career, he was shot at and struck by nine bullets during an incident in 2000. After releasing his album Guess Who's Back? in 2002, Jackson was discovered by rapper Eminem and signed to Interscope Records. With the help of Eminem and Dr. Dre, who produced his first major commercial successes, Jackson became one of the world's highest selling rappers. In 2003, he founded the record label G-Unit Records, which signed several successful rappers such as Young Buck, Lloyd Banks, and Tony Yayo.

Jackson has engaged in feuds with other rappers including Ja Rule, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Cam'ron, Rick Ross, and former G-Unit members The Game and Young Buck. He has also pursued an acting career, appearing in the semi-autobiographical film Get Rich or Die Tryin' in 2005, the Iraq War film Home of the Brave in 2006, and Righteous Kill in 2008. 50 Cent is one of the richest hip hop performers, having a gross worth of $440 million in 2008. On December 11, 2009, 50 Cent was ranked as the 6th best artist of the 2000-2009 decade by Billboard Magazine. (Also ranking as the 4th Top male artist and as the 3rd Top rapper behind Eminem and Nelly) He was also ranked as the 6th best and most successful Hot 100 Artist of the 2000-2009 decade by Billboard Magazine. Billboard Magazine also named him the #1 Rap Song Artist of the 2000-2009 decade. His album Get Rich or Die Tryin' was ranked as the 12th best album of the 2000-2009 decade by Billboard Magazine. With his album The Massacre ranking as the 37th best album of the 2000-2009 decade by Billboard Magazine.

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