News: Wiz Khalifa's "Rolling Papers" First-Week 200K Projections Drop

Saturday, Apr 2, 2011 9:31AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

After initial one-day estimates projected Wiz Khalifa's Rolling Papers to possibly push over 200,000 copies its opening week, new reports have downsized their predictions.

Based on weekend reports, Wiz's album is still projected to sell nearly 200,000 records.

Jive scores back-to-back #1 albums while Sony may end up with six titles in next week's Top 10. We're going up against Easter week last year, so we may lose some ground when the market conditions are released next week. Here's how it looks headed into the weekend: *Britney Spears (Jive/JLG) 270-290k *Wiz Khalifa (Atlantic) 175-195k Adele (Columbia) 90-95k Chris Brown (Jive/JLG) 85-90k *Snoop Dogg (DS/Priority/EMI) 45-50k (HITS Weekend Chart Preview)

Initial reports projected the record to push between 190,000 and 215,000 copies in its opening week.

Britney Spears' back... and on top of the HITS' Album chart for next week, as her new Jive/JLG album, Femme Fatalelooks set to score sales in the 275-300k range. The week's real surprise is Atlantic hip-hop artist Wiz Khalifa's Rolling Papers, which is on target for sales between 190-215k, coming off the smash single, "Black and Yellow." Priority/Capitol/EMI's Snoop Dogg album, Doggumentary, will bow with between 45-50k. (HITS Daily Double)

The project features collaborations from Too $hort, Chevy Woods and Curren$y.

1. When I'm Gone 2. On My Level (feat. Too $hort) 3. Black And Yellow 4. Roll Up 5. Hopes & Dreams 6. Wake Up 7. The Race 8. Star Of The Show (feat. Chevy Woods) 9. No Sleep 10. Get Your Sh*t 11. Top Floor 12. Fly Solo 13. Rooftops (feat. Curren$y) 14. Cameras (Rolling Papers)

Last July, Wiz officially parted ways with Warner Bros. and inked an Atlantic Records deal.

"Yeah, I'm signing to Atlantic," Khalifa said. "We've been working on it for a minute. I wanted to make sure that I had records that I was comfortable with before I went to any label or any situation. I wanted to make sure I had my direction so when I take it to them it's like, 'Let's go.' ... It's a huge honor for [Rick Ross] to even extend a hand like that [and try to sign me]. [It's] crazy for him to even look out like that. Me and Ross is always gonna be working. He sees my vision. I think he gets what I'm trying to do. Even if it ain't no paperwork between me and Ross, it's gonna be work done between me and Ross." (RapFix)

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