Good morning! How was your Thanksgiving? I realize most of my readers are out scavenger hunting for Black Friday specials. But look what I found.
Some of you may have seen this pic of rapper Nelly already. I'm told it's a wall poster that comes packaged with select copies of Nelly's new CD, Nelly 5.0. So while you're about shopping, make sure you pick up his album.
You might recall that Nelly was the only celebrity to visit rapper T.I. when he was incarcerated last year. Nelly took his tour bus to Arkansas to visit his friend. That kind of loyalty is rare in this business.
Now there's a rumor floating around the industry that a considerable amount of Nelly's 5.0 promotional budget was allocated to label mate and newcomer Nicki Minaj to push her CD, Pink Friday instead.
That hardly seems fair since everybody says Nelly's 5.0 album is tight. Dude is no slouch with 21 million albums sold in the United States alone.
Nelly has consistently been one of the best-selling male artists in the industry. Last year he was ranked as the 3rd Top Overall Artist of the 2000-2009 decade by Billboard Magazine.
But I guess all of those accomplishments means nothing when industry politics
and butt injections are involved.
I tried reaching out to Nelly's people for a comment, but they declined to discuss the rumors.
According to HitsDailyDouble, Nicki's Pink Friday is projected to sell between 375-425 units in the first week -- a major feat for a new artist. But when you look at Nelly's CD sales and lack of marketing, you know why.
Click here to order Nelly 5.0.
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