News: Cam'ron's "Crime Pays" To Snatch No. 3, Sales Hit 42K In First Week

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 5:22PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Cam'ron's long-awaited comeback album Crime Pays will reportedly land within Nielsen Soundscan's Top 5 with roughly 42,000 sold records in its first week.

Along with Killa, other debuts will also hit the charts.

When it comes to this week's HITS Album Chart Breakdown, Reprise Records' Green Day emerges at the top of the heap. With a total of 221k in sales since its release last Friday (5/15), the Bay Area punk provocateurs' 21st Century Breakdown album debuts at #1, with more than three times the total of its nearest competitor. Asylum rapper Cam'ron's Crime Pays is the other Top 10 newcomer at #3, with 42k. Asylum's Paul Wall (#18) is among this week's newcomers, along with the INgrooves-distributed Tiny E's Crystal Method (#22), Big Cat's Gucci Mane (#27), and Mercury's iTunes exclusive phenomenon Parachute (#38). (Hits Daily Double)

Despite estimated sales originally pointing at 45,000, a rep at Cam's label predicted the project to sell more copies.

XXLMag.com spoke to a rep at Asylum, Cam's label, and without giving a specific number they believe that the Dipset Don is on track to sell a lot higher than the projections. (XXL Magazine)

The album is a follow-up to Killa Season which dropped May 2006 and landed at No. 2.

The memorable "Wet Wipes," the Alchemist-produced "Something New," and "Touch It or Not" with Lil Wayne are all sane and hooky enough to reach past the core audience, proving the man hasn't lost touch. Killa Season would have benefited from trimming and better planning, but those things are extremely rare in the world of Dipset. Taking that into account, the album is exceptional and a good enough excuse for two more years of mouthing off and starting trouble. (All Music Guide)

Cam recently returned from a long absence within hip-hop with Crime Pays.

"I'm about to bring [hip-hop] back to life," Cam said in an interview on Dipset Radio. "I'm about to bring a little air to it, a little CPR. No homo...What a lot of people don't know is my mom had three strokes in one day, she was all paralyzed on the left side of her body. So what I had did was went down to Florida, Fort Lauderdale, for about a year and a half, get her in rehabilitation, get her walking again, making sure her health was right...there was so much 'Where's Cam'ron' that I started using it towards my advantage...You can't buy that kinda promotion...It was all about falling back and picking the right time..." (Dipset Radio)

Be sure to check back for Sales Wrap column for a full run-down of album sales.

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