Fans hoping to see Grammy-winning rapper Lupe Fiasco‘s newest solo album debut at number one may have to buy a few extra copies with Food & Liquor II‘s first-week sales projections slightly dropping.
Although still expected to chart in the Top 5, Lupe’s opening week numbers have dropped.
Mumford & Sons explode onto the chart next week with the second largest indie debut ever. Here’s how it looks headed into the weekend:*Mumford & Sons Babel (Glassnote) 585-615k *Green Day (Reprise) 150-170k *No Doubt (Interscope) 120-125k P!nk (RCA) 95-105k *Lupe Fiasco (Atlantic) 85-90k (Weakend Chart Preview)
Initial estimates had the LP pushing up to 95,000 units in week one.
Their banjo keeps strumming, and now Mumford & Sons have the year’s biggest chart debut. The Glassnote Records folk-rockers’ new album, Babel, will score a #1 album next week, with a total between 575-625k. Coming on the heels of front man Billie Joe Armstrong’s iHeartRadio Music Festival outburst over the weekend and subsequent trip to rehab, the first of Green Day’s three Reprise albums, Uno, will debut with between 150-175k. Interscope’s new No Doubt album, Push and Shove, the Orange County ska-popsters’ first in a decade, will do a quite respectable 120-125k in first-week sales. Atlantic hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco’s Food and Liquor II is on target for sales of between 85-95k. (HITS Daily Double)
His last solo album, Lasers, debuted atop the chart with over 200,000 sold copies in March 2011.
Leading the pack this week is Lupe Fiasco’s Lasers which topped the chart at No. 1. According to Nielsen SoundScan, Lupe’s long-awaited third solo album sold 204,300 records in seven days. (SOHH Sales Wrap)
Fiasco recently discussed plans to step away from the music industry’s commercial side.
“Contractually, I still have to do another record if the label picks it up,” Fiasco said in an interview. “But even after this part one and part two [of Food & Liquor 2] I’m basically kind of done, because that album is even almost finished. I won’t make music for commercial purposes after that. It’ll more just be kind of artistic and developing my other music projects — I don’t even know if Lupe Fiasco is gonna exist after Skulls, I might even just do a name change or something like that — if I feel like making a rap album, then I’ll make it.” (Music Feeds TV)
Check out a recent Lupe Fiasco interview below: