News: The-Dream's "IV Play" First-Week Sales Projections Revealed

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 10:32PM

Written by Rosario Harper

R&B singer The-Dream's return to store shelves with his long-awaited IV Play is reportedly projected to shell in up to 21,000 copies in its opening week.

Based on one-day estimates, Dream should have no problems finding a Top 50 placement on next week's sales chart.

Alice In Chains (Capitol) 60-65k Little Mix (Columbia) 45-50k John Fogerty (Vanguard) 45-50k Paul McCartney (Hear Music) 19-22k The-Dream (Def Jam/IDJ) 18-21k Kid Ink (RCA) 11-13k You'll also note that Little Mix currently sits at #2 on the iTunes album chart (as Columbia retains the top two spots), followed by Alice in Chains; Kid Ink, Fogerty and The-Dream also now occupy the download emporium's Top 10. And speaking of little mixes, your friends at UMPG recommend the hybrid strain Nebula, which can give you a nice energetic buzz--though more than three tokes may induce a coma. (5/29p) (HITS Daily Double)

The hitmaker relied on collaborations courtesy of Jay-Z, Pusha T and 2 Chainz for the LP.

If "IV Play" embraces more explicit come-ons -- and a few more drug references -- than we're used to, it still boasts the same sound we'd expect from the musical mastermind behind some of the most memorable songs in modern R&B. The-Dream has crafted megahits for the likes of Beyonce ("Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"), Rihanna ("Umbrella") and Justin Bieber ("Baby"), and racked up multiple Grammy Awards, so it's no surprise that industry heavyweights like Jay-Z, Beyonce, Pusha T and 2 Chainz appear on "IV Play," which rounds out a handful of edgier tracks with sweet serenades and dark, introspective numbers. (Metro)

Earlier this month, Dream and Jay-Z's "High Art" anthem premiered online.

Terius Nash, AKA The-Dream, and Jay-Z have become one of music's most dynamic songwriting duos as of late. Earlier this year, they both earned a Grammy for "No Church in the Wild", and they're working together on Jay-Z's new solo album. But first, The-Dream will release his own new solo album, IV Play, on May 28th, and he's recruited Jay to guest on the track "High Art." (Consequence of Art)

He is also expected to contribute to The LOX's Jadakiss' upcoming Top 5 Dead or Alive album.

"I think it's going to be called 'Big Boy Dialogue,'" Kiss revealed in an interview when asked about his solo project's first single. "Dream, it's featuring Dream. It's featuring The-Dream, you know what I mean? That's going to come to y'all real soon, too. [How soon?] Nah, not today. I got you. Not much further away though. It's really around the corner. I'm just getting it mastered right now." ("Jenny Boom Boom")

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