News: Diggy Simmons, Odd Future & Melanie Fiona's First-Week Sales Projections Revealed

Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 9:32AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

New releases from Odd Future, Diggy Simmons and Melanie Fioana will all easily debut on the sales chart in the coming days based off their first-week sales projections.

Based on one-day estimates, each new release will appear in the Top 50.

Controversial L.A. rap collective Odd Future arrives with their much-ballyhooed Columbia/RED bow, the curiously titled The Odd Future Tape Vol. 2, which looks set to sell between 35-40k. SRC/Universal Republic Canadian R&B singer Melanie Fiona returns with The MF Life, her sophomore follow-up to 2009's The Bridge, with first-week estimates in the 23-27k range. Atlantic rapper Diggy, whose real name is Daniel Dwayne Simmons III, is the fourth child of Run DMC's Joe "Rev Run" Simmons (brother of Russell) and starred in the MTV reality series, Run's House. Unexpected Arrival, his major label debut after a series of independently released mixtapes, is also on target for 20-23k. (HITS Daily Double)

Diggy recently revealed his father Reverend Run's reaction to the new LP.

"A couple of weeks before the release, he heard the complete album and he was really impressed," Diggy told MTV News of Reverend Run's reaction on Tuesday. "He was like, 'You know, this is an album that I can turn on and I can leave on and I'd be happy listening to it.'" (MTV)

OF's newest release gives fans the usual suspects in terms of guest features along with an unexpected collaboration from elusive member Earl Sweatshirt.

Team spirit lies at the center of this album's ideology and the outro, "Oldie", is a 10-minute-long posse cut featuring the majority of the members giving their most consistent lyrical performances of the album. With its jazz horn hits and hip-hop drums, "Oldie" reveals its hidden gem at around the 8-minute mark: Earl Sweatshirt. Leaving rumors about his Samoan-based disappearance in the air, the mystery man delivers a show-stealing verse, summing up the album's theme and validating Tyler's final proclamation that, "not only are we talented, we're rad as f--k." (Alligator)

Last year, Simmons talked to SOHH about being the kin to rap moguls.

"So far, things haven't really blown up too, too, too big yet. I'm still building as an artist and putting in that groundwork. So right now things are still developing and that's a good thing. A lot of people I know like my uncle [Russell Simmons], my dad [Joseph "Reverend Run" Simmons], they really have a big legacy in hip-hop and music as a whole.But I've always been a very independent person and just coming into this game, I've just really set out to be myself, past my last name. Just straight up Diggy." (SOHH Guest Star)

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