Despite uniquely creative marketing campaigns, Jay Z’s much-hyped twelfth studio album, ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail,’ is only projected to push 350-400K in first week sales. According to Billboard magazine, Magna Carta’s sales estimates do not include the 1 million advance copies Samsung purchased for $5 each to give away for free to Galaxy owners.
Last week there were reports that rap mogul Jay Z signed a $20 million endorsement deal with electronics giant Samsung to promote their Samsung Galaxy smartphones. The rumors were confirmed just days later when Jay Z posted a photo of a Samsung smartphone on his personal blog, Life+Times, and on Twitter.com asking his fans to tune in to game 5 of the NBA Finals for a special announcement at 9:15 p.m. Sunday.
Kanye West is probably somewhere doing some furniture moving now that his much-antipated album, Yeezus, was leaked in advance of it’s June 18 release date.
Kanye is understandably paranoid about guarding his music from ruthless bootleggers.
To prevent unauthorized leaks of his and Jay Z’s CD Watch the Throne, West, 36, recorded and mixed the tracks in portable studios set up in hotel rooms rather than established studios where leaks are known to occur.
The Dream’s 5th studio album, IV Play, is a resounding failure, no thanks to you fickle fans who failed to run out and buy it.
Terius Nash, 35, released IV Play on May 28. Despite guest appearances by his close friends Beyonce, Jay Z and Kelly Rowland, the album landed at #16 on the charts, selling only 20,000 units in first week sales.
Nash penned hit songs for Beyonce (“Single Ladies”, “Love on Top”), Justin Bieber (“Baby”) and Rihanna (“Umbrella”).
Rihanna’s new album, Unapologetic, clinched the #1 spot on the charts with nearly 240k in sales, according to Hits Daily Double. The delighted singer thanked her so-called “Navy” fans on Twitter for helping her reach the achievement. This is her biggest first week in her seven-album career.
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Rapper Nicki Minaj was flying sky high around this time last year. Her fans couldn’t get enough of her quirky personality, and music consumers couldn’t get enough of her catchy music.
But that was before she abandoned her fan base in hopes of being pop music’s queen for a day.
Sadly, Minaj’s third studio album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up, won’t even generate a quarter of the sales of her 2nd studio effort, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, which dropped on April 2.
In fact, ‘Re-Up’, which dropped on Nov. 19, is set to sell a meager 20,000 copies in its first week.
That number would make any artist flipping mad. But instead of blaming herself for her problems, Minaj is lashing out at everyone from retailers to former American Idol judge Steven Tyler.