Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz is going to have to hope for a strong weekend to help push his new Based On A T.R.U. Story II: Me Time album atop the sales chart as new estimates are now down to 60,000 copies.
Based on weekend estimates, Chainz is going to likely need a 40,000 album sales boost to compete for a chart-topping debut.
YOUR TOP 15: While it remains pretty close in the race for #1, we’re still giving the edge to Capitol Nashville’s Keith Urban. A #1 debut for Urban will give Mike Dungan’s Universal Nashville its fifth chart topper this year (following Gary Allan’s Set You Free, Luke Bryan’s Spring Break… Here To Party and Crash My Party and Lady Antebellum’s Golden) and two in this week’s Top 5. Half of this week’s Top 15 are debuts. Here’s how it looks headed into the weekend: *Keith Urban (Capitol Nashville) 100-105k *The Weeknd (XO/Republic) 90-95k *2 Chainz (Def Jam/IDJ) 55-60k (HITS Daily Double)
Initial one-day estimates, had Deuce’s sophomore release expected to sell up to 65,000 units.
YOUR NEW RELEASES: After one day of sales, it looks like we might have another close race this week for #1. We’re giving the edge to Keith Urban for the moment, but keep checking back here for updates. Here are this week’s key debuts: Keith Urban (Capitol Nashville) 100-110k The Weeknd (XO/Republic) 90-100k 2 Chainz (Def Jam/IDJ) 55-65k Janelle Monae (Bad Boy/Atlantic) 45-50k (HITS Daily Double)
This week, the ATL rapper admitted he was upset at Def Jam for under shipping his new LP.
While chatting with Angie Martinez during Hot 97?s In-Studio series, 2 Chainz revealed that their may be trouble in paradise. Upset at the low number of albums shipped out by his label, the rapper told that he’s afraid fans will not be able to find his album. “I’m already pissed”, said Chainz when asked by Angie if he’s anticipating bad sales. Although the rapper did not reveal exactly how many were shipped, he tells that him and Def Jam got mixed up when it came to the amount that would be made available to the public. (XXL Mag)
Although he did not name the record, Chainz recently pointed out a Mannie Fresh-produced record is his album’s standout track.
“If I had to choose my biggest single off this album, it would probably be the Mannie Fresh record. I feel like we had some type of chemistry and brought back that old feeling,” Chainz said in an interview. “The process of being in the studio with a hip-hop producer, legends like DJ Toomp and Mannie Fresh, it was a very comfortable thing for me. I’ve had a relationship with those guys for years. My relationship with Mannie Fresh lasts as long as my relationship with Lil Wayne but actually just working on a project or my album is something we’ve never done before. He came to my spot in Atlanta for a couple of days and he made the beat right in front of me on the iPad.” (Civil TV)
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