Rap artist A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie is the latest rapper to experience low album sales after promoting his music on social media.

The Bronx rapper's current album HOODIE SZN is the country's No. 1 album, but his album sales hit rock bottom at a total of 823 physical copies sold.

A Boogie addressed his album sales with the cast of Complex's Everyday Struggle on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

"I did 90 units the first week. 50 something the second week. 50 something again, same number," A Boogie said before adding that he focuses on making timeless music. "You can't deny real music — like real music — you can't deny that shit. That shit gonna live forever, for real for real. And a lot of songs on this album are forever lasting."

A Boogie's record low album sales reflect the music industry's reliance on music streaming platforms that has resulted in historically lower music sales than CDs traditionally sold in brick and mortar stores.

Rappers T.I. and Jay-Z also struggled to sell their albums on music streaming platforms. T.I.'s Dime Trap album, released on October 5, 2018, sold just 32,000 copies in the first week.

And Jay-Z's highly anticipated 4:44, debuted with 174,000 pure album sales on June 30, 2017. His previous album, Magna Carta Holy Grail - which was sold in brick and mortar stores when it dropped in 2013 - sold 1.5 million physical copies.

4:44 is Jay-Z's lowest album sales since he released his debut album Reasonable Doubt in 1996.

Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

  • the guest

    This young man would make better sales selling CDs out of his car trunk.

  • Blue

    Hahahahaha. Facts.

  • Blue

    He better off selling his CDs at the family reunion.

  • Coy little wink


    Auntie is this yo nephew?

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    823......and it's number 1.

  • Chapter29Chick

    People might just be waking up 2 the mess that rap is... i wont be spending any of my hard earned money on rap, it does nothing 4 me. Maybe he should get a real job 2 take care of all those baby mamas and kids. Fuq him!!!!

  • Yardgirl

    Who dat?? Sometimes I feel so out of synch with today's music!! OK more like ALL the time :-))

  • Gloria

    I do not know a single person who buys CDs. These artist get the bulk of their money through concerts/touring/.

  • Gloria

    Rap is the number 1 genre for a reason. Not sure what you are into but I recommend listening to artists besides “radio rappers” or mainstream rappers, there are some good ones that exist! ?

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    Nobody mentioned in this article has come up with a good song in a minute if ever

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    Girl. I vonlunteer to help counsel young women (which im stopping soon because really they know everything and do more scksually than my grown ass ever had so obvi im unqualified) and ifeel so out of touch i dont know neary a song they play from their phones like harpo who them mfers?!

  • Erin

    and this why I left my record label job in 2008. I was in marketing and promotions for over 10 years and then they decided the artist could self promote on social media so they didn't really need us. And now the #1 album is under 1,000 units sold. I'm laughing.....in fact I'm rolling! Good for 'um (yes I'm still slightly salty) :)

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Never heard of him till now.

  • Mark mcharm

    Hip Hop I hate that word rap

  • Mark mcharm

    People need to stop streaming it makes it easier for these new "artist"

  • Renee26

    Who?? And how is it #1 with low sells... Be grateful to have sells

  • Aries Dog

    He’s a good egg..he got famous from the song “drowning” he takes his craft seriously

  • Carrington

    Bro, I sold more candles for Joey's school to my co-workers.

  • Whirl

    The rap industry played itself by pushing women out. That’s not how the whole thing got started so when folks start manufacturing the idea that only men can be rappers this is what happens. People remember Sweet Tee, The Real Roxanne, Moni In The Middle, MC Lyte and others. Can’t go fake when the entire rap industry is based on keeping it real. That’s why I turned my back on rap. They only let out one successful female rapper at a time nowadays. All fake. Just let it be what it is naturally.

  • Ni Ni

    So, we need to go back to CDs? (I still play mine). I don't listen to rap, but i like his stage name. A boogie with da hoodie, it's catchy.

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  • free

    that's what i'm confused about. if you #1, what is #51?

  • Ni Ni

    Oh i think someone posted that on here before. I think that was a nice song.

  • hi-liter

    Best Buy and Target stop selling CDs last year......of course Walmart will continue. I know of no one that still purchase CDs, I don’t even purchase DVDs anymore.

  • Y me?

    #51 must have had about 20 sales

  • Yardgirl

    OK!!! I was a troop leader for a Girl Scout group at my office. It was tailor for HS girls and hunty, those girls were too grow a$$ and wanted nothing to do with scouting. Little did they know that the CEO wanted an inner-city group and planned on to sending them to D.C. and give them Summer internships!! I did not tell them the perks because I wanted them to earn their spots and of course they all dropped out. SMH I was so discouraged.

  • Yardgirl

    I will have to go listen on YouTube. Thanks!

  • Jordan’s Memory

    Well damn I had no idea they stop selling Cd's. I still plays mines too whenever XM is playing something I want to hear.

  • Dowoop

    His music is good.

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  • DaughterOfaQueen

    Real music...boy bye.

  • Dowoop

    Streams I'm assuming

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    Lol, what kind you got?

  • SemajBeyPhilly

    T.I never been hot musically. T.I. never been hot. But I did like a song he had with Jazzy Pha.

  • Fred G sanford

    All these New York niggas think that if you not from New York your music is not real but the fact of the matter is 90% of you New York niggas is wack SON!

  • Guest


    I'm getting old!

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  • tintin

    I cant tell u the last time i bought a cd. I dont even have a cd player or dvd player. All i use is spotify and YouTube with Bluetooth speaker for music and android box for all movies.

    Times have really changed

  • NewNew

    It's true. Why do female rappers have to battle it out for one spot when there's space for a bunch of male rappers to do their thing? Half of them either have the same flow/style or are just plain wack. I haven't emerged from the 90's yet and I think I might stay there forever.

    Was watching the Renee music video by The Lost Boys the other day. F'ing classic.

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    So discouraging! I had such delusions about it i thought i was gonna help bring forth the next generation of latinas and black strong women. Tuhhhhh

  • xenaD

    By physical sales, it doesn’t mean cd in hand. It just means u actually paid for the album from Apple or Spotify or whatever streaming services u choose.

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  • cherrypie

    My son listens to him. He's 19. Says his music is good.

  • Yardgirl

    Me too girl!!??

  • Parent

    I like this young man. But sadly rap is an over saturated market. Him and Cardi are both from Highbridge.

  • Parent

    lol Oh word. Where you from?

  • Parent

    Name them.

  • Parent

    For every "wack" New York rapper you name, I will name 5 great ones. Just for fun.

  • Parent

    He's a decent kid too. He got in trouble for weed growing up and his parents shipped his butt straight to Florida. Comes from hardworking parents with morals.

  • ?jessica?

    Streaming services messed everything up. I remember the days of going out and buying a CD and couldn't wait to read what was inside.

  • Louisville Is4TheBirds

    Confused. Less than 1000 copies is the nations top selling album? Orrrr. What am I misreading here?

  • Chicagowise

    He can't sing or play any instruments, but he thinks he's producing real music? LMAO


    He seems like a respectable little guy.. lol I saw him on a documentary on Netflix..

  • morenYAHdelsur

    Real music, sir? ?

    Confidence is key.

  • Li-Wright

    I tell people all the time -- don't depend on Social Media to get a good turnout. I remember Chance the Rapper did an invite to his social followers to support Anya(what's her name)....meet him on 63rd & King Str, at such & such a time....with Kanye no less....and 100 people turned out!
    Just because the Kardashians have 50godzillian followers that don't mean they 50godzillian people are buying their products....they're just following them.

  • http://www.id820534.sexylfx.website Readytochokemothernatureout

    Years ago we couldn't wait for release day Tuesday, you had to wait and we were parked at Circuit City, Best Buy, Camelot, FYE or Record Den to get our music.

  • Li-Wright

    WHO....is he?

  • Li-Wright

    JayZ is being sued by the EU for overinflating the streaming sales by Beyonce & Kanye.

  • Miss K

    The good ‘ole days!!!!!

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  • Chicagowise

    I have no idea.

  • Jussjess25

    So wait how do people buy music these days? Like to the actually have peoples cd’s in stores? I buy music on apple music but I have never brought a full album. Only songs that I like. Dont artist make money off streaming .. seriously asking

  • Vonda K

    I still have my portable CD player and Walkman and turntable with dual cassette player. I can’t seem to let them go.

  • Vonda K

    So how do these rapper seem to have so much money?

  • Itzgoingdown2

    The important issue is whether they're making the same amount of money or more. If the money is the same or more, who really cares?

  • Itzgoingdown2

    The important issue is whether they're making the same amount of money or more. If the money is the same or more, who really cares?

  • missmiami305

    Wasn’t he dating Iggy lol. Bih is cursed lol. I don’t understand all this pure album sales stuff and etc.....

  • Prince Zuko

    The Bronx stand up

  • Miss Thang

    Yes. It was so exciting.

  • Miss Thang

    Yea you wanted to see new pics of the artist and read the lyrics and notes. It felt s much more personal.

  • Miss Thang

    Last CD I actually bought was Back to Black in 2008.

  • Lola

    Wow. This is LOW. If it wasn't for streaming....SMH

  • Lola

    Steaming on services like Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal now count toward sales. Pure album sales refer to actual album purchases (can be digital copies) and physical copies refers to actual CDs sold via Big box retailers like Walmart, Target, Best Buy etc.

  • Lola

    Yes they do make money off streaming but not as much as from actual sales. Digital or hard copy sales count for way more.

  • ? ?ee?? Too Hot ? ?

    I don’t like him. He has one good song called “Drowning” with Kodak Black that I actually bought from iTunes and I never buy music. But last year he jumped an OG rapper named Lil B who doesn’t harm anyone. This little shit needs to have some respect for the ones who paved the way for him. He’s too cocky to just be starting out.



    timeless music! lmao!

  • sherri2016

    Never heard of him and i know I'm not missing anything

  • ?jessica?

    Right! Plus you had the bragging rights on how many cd's you have especially if you have an artist whole collection plus the singles that usually had hot remixes and instrumentals

  • Karen Brady

    Good for you! Don't!!

  • http://www.missjhaneuniverse.com Monday

    Wasn't Jay "Magna Carta.." sale were combine with streaming off of Samsung because he made a double deal? All you needed was a Samsung phone. Certain folks actually wanted to switch their iphone to a Samsung to get the "exclusif" not knowing you can download music on androids...

  • Strappyheels

    The name he goes by says enough for me..

    Won’t be clicking on his music..