News: Wale's Manager Reacts To "Attention: Deficit" First-Week Sales, Claims Label Under Shipped

Wednesday, Nov 18, 2009 4:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Wale's manager, Daniel Weisman, has shared his reaction to the rap newcomer's Attention: Deficit album selling over 28,000 copies its first-week in stores.

According to Weisman, the Washington, DC-based artist could have sold more copies.

"Wale's the type of artist who is bigger than the metrics say he is," Weisman said in an interview. "That puts the label in a tough position in terms of physical distribution and because of Twitter we are able to hear direct feedback from the fans about the problems they had actually finding the CD. But 64 percent of Wale's sales came from digital outlets which makes sense for Wale. It's a testament to Interscope and their confidence in Wale's brand that they put the record out without a big single." (XXL Mag)

Early projections showed Wale moving around 25,000 to 28,000 records.

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)

Wale previously said the label was 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 album easily landed on Sales Wrap this week.

Rap newcomer Wale's long-awaited Attention: Deficit landed on the charts this week debuting at No. 21. After seven days on store shelves, the rapper's new album shelled out 28,300 copies. (Sales Wrap)

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