Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller has apparently experienced a change of heart and offered a new take on who will win the SoundScan battle when his Watching Movies with the Sound Off faces off against Kanye West and J. Cole next week.
While Miller sees Kanye running away with the sales challenge, he did admit chart performance is the least of his concerns.
“Outselling the competition? Nah, I do not care at all,” he told show host Sway Calloway about next week’s release for his sophomore album, Watching Movies With the Sound Off. “I’ll tell you who’s gonna have the best first week: Kanye West. It’s Kanye. If some crazy thing happens, then maybe, but it’s Kanye West, bruh. He should have the best first week, but the first week isn’t really what matters. … I think we’re past that. What I’m looking to do with my album is trying to have it last 10, 20, 30, 40 years. That’s what I want to make. I want to make something that people can listen to for a while.” (MTV)
Last week, Miller playfully predicted all three albums, Watching Movies, Yeezus and Born Sinner, will fail to outsell country music star Hunter Hayes come mid-June.
“everyone gna be pissed when hunter hayes sells more than all of us combined.,” he tweeted June 5th.
“ima have myself a good laugh.”
“The First Hardcopy. Wait til u see the CD and booklet. Thank you Miller. http://instagram.com/p/aLitnwQaza/” (Mac Miller’s Twitter)
Miller’s prediction could fall flat as Hayes’ new album is merely a re-release.
The dates mark Hayes’ second tour as a headliner, and his first in support of the new material on “Hunter Hayes (Encore),” a re-release of his self-titled debut due June 18. Preceded by lead single “I Want Crazy,” the 17-track set features nine exclusive songs and re-recordings. That includes turning the debut’s “What You Gonna Do” into a duet with Pistol Annies’ Ashley Monroe, who will also be the opening act for the Let’s Go Crazy Tour. (Billboard)
Last month, he talked about preparing for the challenge of Watching Movies with the Sound Off dropping on the same day as Ye and Cole’s releases.
“Kanye’s album. It is [dropping that day], for real? You guys have the industry connect. So is it for real? Right. I feel him. At first, I had that date for a while and then it felt so right,” Miller said, referring to June 18th. “And then I was a little nervous at first. But I was like, ‘This is an omen.'” (Skee TV)