A lot of people (including myself) was wondering if Rick Ross new album "God Forgives, I Don't" would have trouble selling units considering he just recently released a FREE album style scorching HOT mixtape "Rich Forever".
Guess what? Against the odds, he did it.... According to sound scan Ross's album is on pace to sell 220,000 copies in the first week.... in todays climate... that's like going GOLD 1st week.
Chris Brown, Usher, Frank Ocean... and everyone else (Except Nicki Minaj) has not been able to reach the 200k mark for first week sales.
To put this in prospective... Nicki Minaj, a A-list artist with MASSIVE marketing sold 253,000 copies first week on her last album... So, Congrats to Rick Ross.... this is a good look. Maybe there's hope for Hip Hop sales after all.
The large and in-charge rapper continues Def Jam/IDJ's recent dominance of the marketplace with God Forgives, I Don't, which will debut next week with between 200-220k in sales, easily going #1. His last album, Teflon Don, sold 176k upon release in July 2010.
Previous label winners include Nas, who debuted at #1 last week, and newcomer Frank Ocean, with a #2 bow last month for his acclaimed debut, channel ORANGE. S-Curve soul diva Joss Stone's The Soul Sessions Vol. 2 reunites her with Steve Greenberg, and it's on tap for between 21-25k, based on one-day sales reports from those music retailers not summering at their homes in the Hamptons or Laguna. (HITS Daily Double)
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