Kanye West’s “Cruel Summer” Falls Short Of No. 1

Kanye West’s “Cruel Summer” Falls Short Of No. 1

Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West‘s Cruel Summer G.O.O.D. Music compilation album fell just shy of debuting atop the sales chart landing at number two.

Despite over 200,000 sold records, Ye’s group effort could not outsell P!nk‘s Truth About Love LP.

G.O.O.D. Music’s Cruel Summer compilation debuted this week at No. 2 behind P!nk’s Truth About Love (250,000). According to Nielsen SoundScan, the star-studded LP sold 205,000 in its opening week. (SOHH Sales Wrap)

Weekend estimates had the album selling up to 200,000 records at best.

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 averaged at around up to 180,000 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 days prior to its release.

“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)

Check out Kanye West speaking on the new LP below:

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