News: Wale's "Attention: Deficit" Projected To Sell 28K In First-Week Sales

Thursday, Nov 12, 2009 10:20AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Rap newcomer Wale's Attention: Deficit album debut is reportedly en route to move around 28,000 copies after seven days in retail stores across the nation.

Despite an early leak of the album, the Washington, DC-based emcee is slated to land on the charts next week.

For Bon Jovi, The Circle is complete.The band's new Island album will be next week's top debut, with a total hovering in the 140-150k range, based on one-day sales report. That will set up a four-way race for the top spot next Tuesday among the Jersey boys, this week's #1 finisher, CMA host Carrie Underwood, dark horse Andrea Bocelli and Michael Jackson. Britney Spears Singles Collection and Allido/Interscope D.C. rapper Wale up next (both at 25-28k). (Hits Daily Double)

According to Wale, the label is not focused on strong first-week numbers.

"This is my biography," Wale said of his debut. "It's honest. Raw emotion...My label is letting me put out an album with a single that released seven months ago. We're not going for first week sales. We're only shipping out 30,000 of them. We're going for that grind. We're showing people that you can build a fanbase the old fashioned way." (Honey Magazine)

The rapper's debut features a wide variety of guest features.

01. Triumph (prod. by Dave Sitek) 02. Mamma Told Me 03. Mirrors (feat. Bun B) (prod. by Mark Ronson) 04. Pretty Girls (feat. Gucci Mane & Weensey of Backyard Band) (prod. by Best Kept Secret) 05. World Tour (feat. Jazmine Sullivan) (prod. by Cool & Dre) 06. Let It Loose (Inhibitions) (feat. Pharrell Williams) (prod. by The Neptunes) 07. 90210 (prod. by Mark Ronson) 08. Shades (feat. Chrisette Michele) (prod. by 9th Wonder) 09. Chillin' (feat. Lady Gaga) (prod. by Cool & Dre) 10. TV In The Radio (feat. K'Naan) (prod. by Dave Sitek) 11. Contemplate (prod. by Syience) 12. Diary (feat. Marsha Ambrosius) 13. Beautiful Bliss (feat. Melanie Fiona & J.Cole) (prod. by DJ Green Lantern & Mark Ronson) 14. Prescription (Nah Right)

His manager, Rich Kleiman, recently spoke on the project's overall sound.

"Go-go is something Wale is heavily influenced by, but not something he is going to force on people," Kleinman explained in an interview. "Still, the same way he introduced them to go-go, he wants to introduce to his fans all of the other sounds he's been influenced by. Although I wish radio would have embraced the track in a bigger way-and we were disappointed it didn't get to the place on the charts we thought it would-we just wanted to put out the track that felt right now. Wale's the kind of artist that does what he wants when he wants to. That's why the album is titled that way-it's like a focused confusion or an organized mess. People usually think, 'What's good for the brand?' But he isn't that type of artist. He realized he was ready to work with mainstream producers and artists but will never lose the backbone of who he is. And although he wants to be a star, he won't sacrifice his fans for it." (Billboard)

Check out Wale's "World Tour" collaboration with Jazmine Sullivan below:

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