Miami rapper Ace Hood‘s long-awaited Cash Money Records debut, Trials & Tribulations, is currently en route to land on the sales chart next week based on early estimates.
Based on one-day projections, Ace Hood’s new LP is expected to sell up to 32,000 copies.
LET’S SCHMOOZE THE DEBUTS : Jay-Z will repeat at #1 next week as a couple of debuts battle for runner-up. One of these, Sara Bareilles‘ The Blessed Unrest, could give Epic the #2 album two weeks in a row, following Ciara’s chart bow this week. Here are this week’s key debuts: Sara Bareilles (Epic) 60-65k Kidz Bop Kids (Razor & Tie) 60-65k Cody Simpson (Atlantic) 28-32k Ace Hood (Cash Money/Republic) 28-32k Matt Nathanson (Vanguard) 20-24k Sick Puppies (Capitol) 15-18k Teen Beach Movie (Disney) 14-17k (HITS Daily Double)
Ace’s previous solo album, Blood, Sweat & Tears landed on the Top 10 sales chart back in August 2011.
Florida rapper Ace Hood’s Blood, Sweat & Tears debuted on the chart at No. 8. Heading into his second week, Ace’s new LP has shelled out 26,300 copies. (SOHH Sales Wrap)
Earlier this year, Hood revealed his decision to do a joint venture with DJ Khaled‘s We The Best and Birdman’s Cash Money Records was largely due to meeting his contractual obligations.
“The situation was over with Def Jam. What I have with them? I had three albums with them. My situation with them was up. We chose to take the label situation to another place, to another home,” Ace explained in an interview. “It’s no knock to Def Jam, shout out to Def Jam. I will always be forever grateful to Def Jam for supporting my career and being there. I’m definitely a lot more happy with the situation I got now, in all honesty, because I’m able to do me. There’s no pressure. Nobody’s calling me, forcing an album on me or forcing this on me. It’s what’s your vision? What do you want to do? We’re willing to do what you want to do.” (“The Breakfast Club”)
In May 2012, Hood explained joining forces with Cash Money Records and why his profile would likely become even more enhanced around a new team.
“It’s big for me,” Hood said, referring to the new joint Cash Money/We The Best partnership. “I think the fans are going to be excited about the move. They’ve been waiting for me to take it to the next level in my career and to get the look and the exposure, being under YMCMB, it’s huge. It’s something I’ve been waiting on for a long time. People hear the starvation in my voice, they hear the hunger — it’s a good time.” (“106 & Park”)