News: Yelawolf, Mary J. Blige & Rihanna's First-Week Sales Projections Revealed

Thursday, Nov 24, 2011 1:00AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Shady Records' Yelawolf, Mary J. Blige and Rihanna are all expected to have their new solo albums debut on the sales chart next week based on one-day projections.

According to reports, all three musicians will debut in the Top 50.

Def Jam/IDJ pop diva Rihanna's Talk That Talk should enter at #4, with between 180-200k, which compares favorably to the 207k she debuted with for last year's Loud. Geffen's Mary J. Blige, with My Life II... The Journey Continues (Act 1), the sequel to her 1994 album, should debut at #6 with 130-140k. Other New Releases hitting the Top 50 include Epic's Michael Jackson Immortal Cirque de Soleil soundtrack (50-60k), Capitol/EMI's Bob Seger Ultimate Hits compilation (45-55k), Ghet-O-Vision/Shady/Interscope's Yelawolf (40-50k). (HITS Daily Double)

Yela's new Radioactive LP features guest spots courtesy of Eminem, Killer Mike and more.

First, can we talk about how dope the album artwork is on this thing? I don't remember the last time a hip-hop record looked so good. Thankfully, the music more than warrants the album's looks. Appearances from Eminem, Killer Mike and Lil' Jon boost Yela's credibility while Will Power, Diplo, J.U.S.T.I.C.E League and Jim Jonsin works their magic on the production end. Consider this one of the best albums of the year. (FSU News)

RiRi's new solo effort showcases her Jay-Z duet, "Talk That Talk."

The Roc is in the building. Jay-Z and Rihanna combine forces once again on the title track from RiRi's sixth album Talk That Talk, produced by Stargate and written by Ester Dean. Mr. Carter does it way big on his intro verse ("I'm flying out to Pisa just to get some pizza"), while RiRi adds a feminine touch to the aggressive beat. "'Talk That Talk' is a mid-tempo banger with hard drums, dirty synths, and Rihanna and Jay at their best," said Stargate's Tor Erik Hermansen. "We are very happy with the song and Jay's verse is crazy--same with Rihanna's part." (Rap-Up)

Recently, R&B veteran Mary J. Blige talked about her state of mind with My Life II.

"The place I'm in with "My Life II" is understanding that there WILL be trials. Trials will come. It is not going to be, "Oh, everything is wonderful all of the time," because it is not. And the balance is you either know how to get around it, or you just have to go through it. That's life." (CNN)

Check out some recent Yelawolf footage below:

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