The projections for the albums released yesterday, December 18th, are in via HDD. And T.I. leads the way with 150-175K sold, with the other high-profile rap album coming from Chief Keef at a much tamer 50-55K. Not surprised by the numbers; good to see the King selling strong without a single that I feel was in the mainstream consciousness ("Ball" made its waves in the clubs, but I wouldn't say it's known to the very casual listener).
To recount the week that was prior: Bruno Mars' Unorthodox Jukebox debuted at #2 with 192K, Game's Jesus Piece at #5 with 87K, and Big Boi's Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors at #33 with 30K. How was Big Boi not higher?!
Dah well... The numbers are just numbers at the end of the day. It's by no means the end all, be all barometer.
Bruno Mars is pretty much having the best week. HDD is predicting that his new album, Unorthodox Jukebox, will debut in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 next week. Bruno Mars’s album is projected to sell between 140 – 160k copies. Also the pop star has scored his fourth #1 single this week on the Hot 100 with "Locked Out Of Heaven." Also Wiz Khalifa’sO.N.I.F.C. debuted this week on Billboard 200 at the #2 spot with sales of 131k. Congrats!
It’s the holiday time and Mariah Carey is the reason for the season! Mariah aka Slayriah as I like to call her made headlines this week. Mariah Carey’s mega holiday anthem "All I Want For Christmas Is You" has made its return to Billboard Hot 100. Although Bruno Mars"Locked Out Of Heaven" is the #1 song in the country right now on the Hot 100, it is Carey who’s "All I Want For Christmas Is You" that deserves a big round of applause.
This week Mariah Carey re-enters the Billboard Hot 100 at the #29 spot. So why is this so amazing for you younger folks? Well because this song originally came out about 18 years ago. Thanks to Billboards new guidelines, which states that any song that has accumulated enough radio airplay, digital downloads sales, and online streams top crack the top 50 of the Hot 100 is permitted to chart again. The only other person to benefit from this new rule was Whitney Houston’s"I Will Always Love You" that re-entered at the #3 spot on the Hot 100, following her unfortunate death in February.
So seat back and relax and enjoy this Christmas classic from the remarkable talented Mariah Carey
The sophomore LP from Bruno Mars is on the way, Unorthodox Jukebox, on December 11th, and today, a week prior to its release, Bruno offers the full album for free streaming purposes over at unorthodoxjukebox.com.
I've been a fan of the thesethreepreviews, from a pure appreciation standpoint at least, as Bruno's not straying far away from his core unique characteristics of his vast vocal range and emotional storytelling. Lookin' forward to diving into the full album when the vibe aligns.