News: "Cruel Summer" First-Week Sales Projections Increase

Sunday, Sep 23, 2012 10:35AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West's Cruel Summer G.O.O.D. Music compilation album may not be primed to debut atop the sales chart next week, however, the star-studded project's opening week sales projections have increased.

Based on weekend estimates, the LP could now sell up to 200,000 units in week one.

P!nk will score her first #1 and biggest sales debut on next week's chart. It's her biggest debut ever, the previous being the 220k for her November 2001 album, Missundaztood. Here's how it looks headed into the weekend: *P!nk (RCA) 225-245k *Kanye West Presents G.O.O.D. Music Cruel Summer (G.O.O.D./Def Jam/IDJ) 180-200k *The Killers (Island/IDJ) 110-120k (Weakend Chart Preview)

Initial sales projections had the album pushing out up to 190,000 records in its opening week.

She's the daring young diva on the flying trapeze. RCA diva P!nk's latest, The Truth About Love, her sixth studio recording, is on target to be her first-ever #1 album, with a projected total of 200-225k. Her previous high was the #2 slot reached by the last album, 2008's Funhouse. That would be enough to top Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music compilation on Def Jam/IDJ, Cruel Summer, which may have suffered from a brief, one-day absence of the album from iTunes, but is gaining ground quickly, according to one-day sales reports from retailers both physical and digital lucky enough not to find themselves part of Mitt Romney's 47% cut-off. At this point it looks like it will sell in the 170-190k range. We'll keep an eye on the battle as we head into Friday's Weakend Chart Preview. (HITS Daily Double)

Recently, G.O.O.D. Music's CyHi The Prynce addressed the LP prematurely leaking online.

"It [feels] like my debut album," he said. "It's crazy 'cause I was there during most of the album. Like the creative process and you know, we started from scratch until now. So it's like to see your girlfriend who's pregnant have your daughter or son. You go through nine months just to see this day you know what I'm saying. People don't understand that the leak, for us, gives it more anticipation. Our following is really like a cult following so, with 'Ye he does things with the booklets, the artwork on the album and different things that fans want to be able to have." (XXL Mag)

Nearly a week before Cruel Summer hit store shelves, the jam-packed LP prematurely arrived online.

As expected, Kanye West 's G.O.O.D. Music compilation 'Cruel Summer' leaked online Wednesday night (Sept. 12), much to the chagrin of his record label Def Jam. In recent years, album leaks on the Internet have become more exciting than the actually release date. Several songs from the 12-track LP have already surfaced on the web and publications like SPIN and the Los Angeles Times have already offered their first-listen reviews of the collection. Fan reactions to the album on Twitter have been mixed. One follower wrote, 'Cruel Summer' may not be the greatest album ever, but it bangs so hard in the car!" while another tweeted , "I'm not even disappointed with 'Cruel Summer,' I said it would be average and it is (imo)." (Pop Crush)

Check out Kanye West speaking on the new LP below:

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