Monica Brown Code Red

Singer Monica Brown's new CD, Code Red, is estimated to sell 30K-35K units in 1st week sales.

At best, Code Red is expected to sell or stream 37,000 units in the 1st week.

This comes after Mo and her management put together a well-organized promotional campaign that saw the Atlanta songbird performing promo shows around the country to promote her album and appearing on talk shows.

Monica's estimated 1st week sales provide more evidence that social media follows and 'likes' are worthless and often do not translate to sales for artists.

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Eminem

Detroit rapper Eminem is no stranger to controversy. The 42-year-old rapper often uses controversy as a marketing tool to sell his albums. Take for instance his new music video for "Shady Cxvpher" in which he threatens to punch Lana Del Ray in her face twice like disgraced former NFL player Ray Rice.

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Nelly defends Drake

Despite all of his achievements, awards and record sales, Canadian rapper Drake still can't get the respect he thinks he deserves. At issue is the continued criticism of Drake as more of a singer than a rapper.

St. Louis rapper Nelly rushed to Drake's defense saying an artist shouldn't be limited to just rapping.

"The guy sold damn near 800,000 the first week - so it's a lot of fans that like Drake's singing," said Nelly in an interview with Vlad-TV.

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"As an artist, you can't have a stigma put on yourself as far as what you can do and what you can't do," Nelly continued. "You just try to be the best artist that you can be. We're in a time right now where being an artist doesn't limit you to rapping. It just doesn't limit you to singing. It limits you to create. All your job is is to create good music. He's creating good music. Fans that don't like to hear Drake sing, then switch to the next song where he's rapping."

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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.

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It pays to have friends in high places with deep pockets: money changes everything.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has changed its rules to allow albums given away for free to be counted in Jay Z's total sales. Electronics giant Samsung recently announced a $20 million sponsorship deal with the aging rapper. The deal immediately began paying dividends for the father-of-two when Samsung bought 1 million advance copies of his soon-to-be released album Magna Carta Holy Grail, which drops on July 4.

SAmsung will give away the albums for free to users who download a radio app to their Samsung smartphones. The 1 million in advanced sales put a quick $5 million in Jay Z's back pocket. The RIAA originally said the adavance sales would not count toward Jigga's total sales. Then he took to Twitter to pitch a fit and the RIAA gave in to his demands. In defending its decision to count Jay Z's giveaways as sales, the RIAA released a long, wordy explanation which basically says that digital sales are a new frontier that allows for "new rules."

Read an excerpt of the RIAA's statement after the break.

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