Bad Boy Records rapper Machine Gun Kelly‘s new Lace Up debut album is reportedly slated to push a few more thousand copies than expected in its opening week.
Based on new projections, Kelly’s long-awaited release could now sell up to 60,000 copies.
Mumford & Sons will get a third week at #1 as at least seven titles debut inside the Top 10. Here’s how it looks headed into the weekend: Mumford & Sons (Glassnote) 100-110k *Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Macklemore) 75-85k *KISS (UMe) 65-70k *MGK (Bad Boy/Interscope) 55-60k (Weakend Chart Preview)
Initial estimates had the LP moving no more than 55,000 in its opening week.
Bad Boy/Interscope Texas-born, Cleveland-based rapper Machine Gun Kelly’s major label debut, Lace Up, is on target for between 50-55k in first-week sales. Known as MGK and born Colson Baker, the rap prodigy gets his name from the rapid-fire delivery he developed as a teenager. He’s been signed to P. Diddy‘s label since 2011 and also has a marketing partnership for HTC’s Rezound Beats by Dre phone, with his “Invincible” track playing during the TV spot for the product. (HITS Daily Double)
Recently, MGK revealed Bad Boy boss Diddy’s initial reaction to the LP.
“Honestly, man, Puff had got back from Ibiza three days prior to hearing the album,” Kells said when he appeared on “RapFix Live” this past Wednesday. “People where I’m from don’t even know what an Ibiza is; they probably think it’s like a fur coat.” With Diddy coming from the Spanish party island, he was probably in a celebratory state of mind, Kells said, and Lace Up isn’t that cheery. “I think when he heard it, his initial reaction was like, ‘Damn, why are you so angry?’ ” Machine Gun Kelly speculated. It took Diddy some time, but after absorbing the LP, which hits stores Tuesday, he began to see where the angst-filled rapper was coming from. “I ended having dinner with him the other day, and he looked at me like, ‘Yo, man, I really love the album,’ ” Kells said. (MTV)
Kells landed on XXL Magazine’s “2012 Freshmen Class” list last winter.
It’s that time of year again — XXL has officially revealed its list of the top hip hop “freshmen” of 2012, honoring fresh new talent poised to make a mark on the industry. The list has grown in popularity and garnered heated anticipation each year since its introduction in 2007. This year #XXLFreshmen2012 shot to the top of Twitter’s worldwide trending topics within minutes of the announcement. The XXL Freshmen Class of 2012 is: Future, Kid Ink, Danny Brown, French Montana, Roscoe Dash, Macklemore, Don Trip, Machine Gun Kelly, Hopsin and Iggy Azalea. (BET)
Check out some past Machine Gun Kelly footage below: