1. A$AP Rocky - Long.Live.A$AP – 139,000 - Not bad for an album that leaked an entire month before its release date.
13. T.I. – Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head – 23,000 - It’s about time Tip release a new single, despite “Ball” growing on me as the weeks have gone by. I’m actually a huge fan of the record now. That said, it’d be nice to hear another record get the single treatment. A video for “Trouble Man” with R. Kelly would be dope.
14. Kendrick Lamar – GKMC – 36,000 - At 620,000, and pending it can continue selling around this mark for the foreseeable future, there’s an outside shot at platinum for K. Dot. Keyword: outside. That’s a compliment we’re even discussing it though.
1. Alicia Keys – Girl On Fire – 159,000 - This doesn’t surprise me. You know, especially considering the album’s title track is played on the radio every five seconds. While I haven’t given this a listen yet, my only hope is that there’s a few solid ballads on there.
Those who have been keeping up with my “Billboard Breakdown” series the past few months or so know I’ve taken a special interest in Adele’s 21 album for two specific reasons. One, because she was literally selling 100,000+ a week long after the project hit shelves. And two, the LP would eventually reach a status very have achieved in America – the coveted “diamond.”
2. Meek Mill – Dreams & Nightmares – 165,000 - Meek had no chance in hell gaining the #1 spot with (Hurricane) Taylor Swift basically cornering the market and having everyone from iTunes, to Best Buy, to Papa Johns and Walgreens selling her album. In related news, what’s the chances he can get Justin Bieber in the “Believe It” video?
Despite Hurricane Sandy closing many stores in the Tri-State area, Meek Mill lands the No. 2 spot on Billboard 200. His debut studio album “Dreams & Nightmares” sold 165,000. Unfortunately, Meek was about 15,000 units short of his projected sales. But as projected last week, Taylor Swift’s “Red” album takes the No. 1 spot for a second week, selling 344,000 copies. Look out for a more in-depth review later on this week with our billboard breakdown.
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