By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Three albums that received lots of buzz from the urban blogs dropped last week, and the speculation on how many albums Kanye West, J. Cole, and Kelly Rowland would sell in their first week of sales is now officially over. As we reported recently, Kanye was officially projected to sell about 500,000 copies of “Yeezus” in the first week, however his projections were lowered to about 375,000 when numbers were crunched again just days before the album’s release. J. Cole was originally projected to sell around 100,000 copies of “Born Sinner,” but the final projections showed he would sell around 290,000. Kelly Rowland’s projections looked bleak, with projections indicating she would only sell 66,000 copies of “Talk a Good Game” the first week. So how on point were these projections? According to Hits Daily Double:
Yeezus, Kanye West’s provocative, adventurous, furiously discussed new Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam/IDJ release, finishes at #1 on our Album Sales Chart this week with 328k. West’s 2010 effort, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, streeted with 495k and has moved 1.3 million to date.
Meanwhile, Roc Nation/Columbia’s J. Cole exceeded expectations significantly, coming in with 297k for his Born Sinner, and indie rapper Mac Miller (who’s graced the pop airwaves lately as a guest on Ariana Grande’s hit “The Way”) seizes the #3 spot with 101k for his Rostrum/INgrooves set Watching Movies With the Sound Off.
…Motown’s Kelly Rowland bowed with 65k to take fourth place; her 2011 album Here I Am kicked off with 76k and is now at 247k to date.
Kelly’s numbers may be disappointing now, but it’s not impossible for her to increase to more impressive numbers in the next coming weeks. It all depends on her fan base.