News: Mac Miller On Sliding Off Major Label Offers Into Indie Pool, "We Got The First No. 1 In 16 Years"

Thursday, Nov 17, 2011 9:45AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller has opened up about his new Blue Slide Park album crushing its competition this week and becoming the number one album despite dropping independently.

Mac shared his reaction to having the first indie album top the charts since Tha Dogg Pound's Dogg Food in 1995.

"It's crazy. I've been trying to take it all in," Miller said in an interview. "I've just been in constant motion, so I haven't gotten a chance to really stop and realize how crazy this is that we got the first #1 in 16 years. It's nuts, man. I never really got far enough to see an offer for real -- I got no hatred towards major labels or anything. I never got a chance to hear what they had to say. We just really wanted to stick with our home team and keep it in the family. [The major labels] called [Rostrum Records founder] Benjy and wanted to talk, but Benjy was just on some 'We're not trying to talk right now, we're doin' this independently.' And we just left it at that." (MTV)

The rapper's album sold over 144,000 copies in just seven days.

Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller's Blue Slide Park debuted this week at No. 1. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the rap newcomer's LP has sold 144,500 copies after seven days in stores. (SOHH Sales Wrap)

Following the news, Miller hopped on Twitter to boast about his album's chart-topping dominance.

"blue slide park is officially the #1 album in the country. thank you.," he tweeted November 15th.
"and yeah, i'm 100 percent indie."
"words cant explain my emotion right now."
"go get the number one album in the country: Blue Slide Park.http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/blue-slide-park/id466668021" (Mac Miller's Twitter)

Last week sales projections had the album selling up to 185,000 copies.

That's right, just like we said last week, Rostrum Records rapper Mac Miller's Blue Slide Park, distributed digitally by INgrooves and physically by Fontana, will debut at #1 smack dab in the middle of Q4, with estimates of between 175-185k, which might even be conservative. This is a triumph of social networking and good, new-fashioned viral marketing, as Malcolm McCormick, the son of a Christian architect father and Jewish mother photographer, transforms his combined 2.7 million Twitter, Facebook and MySpace followers into an impressive debut. (HITS Daily Double)

Check out some recent Mac Miller footage below:

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