The Massacre is the second studio album by American rapper 50 Cent, released on March 3, 2005 by Aftermath Entertainment, Shady Records and Interscope Records. The album's initially planned release was March 8, but it was pushed five days ahead to avoid Internet leakage. The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 1.14 million copies in its first week. Upon its release, The Massacre received generally positive reviews from music critics. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, losing to Kanye West's Late Registration at the 48th Grammy Awards.