The numbers are now in and Alicia Keys comes out on top. Alicia’s fifth studio album Girl On Fire opens this week at #1 on Billboard 200 with 161k units sold. Even though these aren’t typical first week sales for Keys that hasn’t stopped her from her enormous promotional campaign supporting the album. The way Alicia is keeping the momentum going for this album she shouldn’t have any worries with keeping the sale consistent in the weeks to come.
In some not so great news Rihanna’s album Unapologetic has experience a 70% decrease in sales (ouch) with 72k sold. On the bright side at least she can say she has a #1 album now even though it took 7 to achieve this.
Rihanna has announced the next single off her new #1 album, Unapologetic, and that is the clubbing "Pour It Up". And oh, this announcement is accompanied by the topless cover art you are undoubtedly looking at above and likely not at this point in the sentence...
Gotta hand it to one of our fellow tastemakers, Lowkey, for this tweet I can't help but nod my head to...
And in other charting news, Keyshia Cole's Woman To Woman sold 96K in its debut week, good for a #10 spot, and finally, Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded The Re-Up album is struggling at #28 with only 34K sold. Minaj and her camp is blaming many retailers for not carrying the album. Definitely not a good look, but hopefully it's a stat that will discourage artists from going the re-release route (it's hard to entice fans to buy the same product with only a few new bonus features nowadays).
Looking ahead to next week's numbers, to little surprise, Rihanna's Unapologetic is projected to debut at #1. The numbers are strong as well: 240-60K, which would make her highest debut yet.
Keyshia Cole's Woman To Woman is projected to sell between 75-80K and there is no projection yet for Nicki Minaj's Re-Up album. Bottom line is: Rihanna's popularity is only growing. Looks like she'll be here to stay for quite some time.
So as promised I'm back again with my top 5 songs from the past week, and just so that we are all clear I going from Monday to Monday and posting on Tuesday. Like I said before these aren't in any type of order they are just tracks that I feel you all should give a second listen. So let's jump into this week's tracks.
If the first wasn't cold enough Ye comes back and makes it even better. What I liked most about this song though was that I got more of a College Dropout/Late Registration vibe from him and I feel that's what a lot of Kanye fans are looking for.
Even though the track was pretty short it still managed to accomplish everything you could want from a song. The production was dope and the verse strong from start to finish. (Sorry for chopping off the left side of the image this one was shaped a little different.)
If you don't smoke or drink but want to get an idea for the type of zone it puts you in, turn the lights down and turn this song up. Wiz and Juicy J made all of the stoners around the world proud with this one. I hope me posting this doesn't say too much about me.
So that's this week's "Top 5", if you have any comments please feel free to voice them. See yall next week.