News: Joe Budden's "No Love Lost" First-Week Sales Projections Increase

Saturday, Feb 9, 2013 12:37PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Slaughterhouse member Joe Budden's new No Love Lost solo album should receive a slight boost in sales over the weekend with first-week projections starting at 27,000 sold copies.

Based on weekend estimates, the "Love & Hip Hop" star's newest offering should push at least 27,000 units in its opening week.

GRAMMY FEVER, SALES-PREDICTION AMBIGUITY EDITION: This week's midweek chart is expanded a bit and builds in a lot of speculation about who will get digital lifts from their Grammy performances this weekend. While this is based on historical sales trends and each title's sales base going into the weekend, please expect a greater than usual margin of error. Here's how things look with the Grammy weekend looming: * Josh Groban (Reprise) 135-145k * Tim McGraw (Big Machine) 95-105k * Now 45 (Capitol) 80-90k Mumford & Sons (Glassnote) 70-80k Lumineers (Dualtone) 60-70k Justin Bieber (Island/IDJ) 45-50k Bruno Mars (Atlantic) 40-45k Taylor Swift (Big Machine) 40-45k * Red (Provident) 40-45k 2013 Grammy Nominees (Capitol) 35-40k Andrea Bocelli (Verve) 35-40k * Coheed and Cambria (Everything Evil/Hundred Handed) 30-35k Pitch Perfect (UMe) 27-30k Rihanna (Def Jam/IDJ) 27-30k * Joe Budden (eOne) 27-30k (HITS Rumor Mill)

Initial estimates had the LP starting at around 25,000 units in week one.

YOUR ONE-DAYS: Josh Groban will grab the #1 spot next week, as the crooner's latest, All That Echoes, is set to be the soundtrack for many a Valentine's Day romance. Here are this week's key debuts: Josh Groban (Reprise) 130-140k Tim McGraw (Big Machine) 90-100k Now 45 (Capitol) 80-90k Red (Provident) 35-40k Coheed and Cambria (Everything Evil/Hundred Handed) 35-40k Joe Budden (eOne) 25-30k (HITS Daily Double)

The New Jersey native's new LP features a slew of high-profile guest features.

1. Our First Again 2. Top of the World f. Kirko Bangz 3. She Don't Put It Down f. Lil Wayne & Tank 4. NBA f. Wiz Khalifa & French Montana 5. You And I f. Emanny 6. Castles 7. All In My Head f. Royce Da 5'9? & Kobe 8. Skeletons f. Joell Ortiz & Crooked I 9. Ghetto Burbs f. Emanny 10. Last Day f. Juicy J & Lloyd Banks 11. Role Play 12. Switch Positions f. Omarion 13. Tell Him Somethin' f. SLV 14. Runaway 15. My Time 16. No Love Lost 17. She Don't Put It Down (rmx) f. Fabolous, Twista & Tank (No Love Lost)

He also linked up with a few notable producers for his solo project.

The biggest missed opportunity here lies in the production and beat selections though. Much like the somewhat generic feel that a majority of the high profile features bring, a lot of the production concepts and choices are almost painfully generic. Outside of "Castles" and the just-mentioned trap beat on "Last Day" there's probably not much that will stick with you from a beat standpoint. There are definitely some smooth elements present like the more instrument focused feel on the R&B slanted tracks (especially the key work on "Switch Positions"), but nothing that hasn't been done a million times before. Every producer, from T-Minus, Kardiak, and Boi-1nda comes with a polished and solid sound, but there's just nothing very memorable, or that you'll keep coming back to once this one ages a bit. (The Versed)

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