Young Money CEO Mack Maine has revealed that Nicki Minaj has begun worrying about the first-week sales of Pink Friday, as it is scheduled to release next month.
According to Maine, Minaj has looked at labelmate Drake‘s initial Thank Me Later sales as an example what her opening sales could equate to.
“She was worrying about first week. She was like, ‘Drake sold [463,000]. What you think I’ma sell? As if she gon’ sell less,” recalls Maine. “I explained to her, ‘You know a lot of the press and the media really got it brainwashed with first week sales.’ Bieber went on to sell 2 million and Bieber might have only sold 17,000 the first week. Juvenile sold like 30,000 his first week of 400 Degreez and went on to sell 6 million…I don’t know what happened to working the record and making sure that the artist reaches a certain point. I rather the end number be higher than the beginning. These days, it’s all about: Let me do 500,000, a million the first week. Don’t get caught up in what Wayne did. You don’t want your pinnacle to be your first-week sales. Then everything’s downhill from there and then what? I don’t care if you sell 10 the first week and you go on to sell 5 million–we did better than the person that sold 300 the first week.” (VIBE)
Maine also hinted at what Minaj’s Pink Friday will sound like.
“I heard the majority of the album. Nicki’s talented so I made sure she still put something on there for the urban audience, so it’s not all pop,” added Maine. “Nicki can sing, rap, she just giving you what she feel like giving you. It’s diverse, she’s versatile–she’s been there. Everyone’s loving the ‘Right Through Me’ record…There’s no reason to be nervous. Basically, right now, there’s no competition. I think confidence kills nervousness. She is the one. All eyes [are] on Nicki so all she really has to do is do her. It’s not an act. When you doing you, it’s nothing you can mess up at because you’re being yourself. She’s found herself, she’s found her lane, so there’s not really too much to be nervous about.” (VIBE)
The rapper’s Pink Friday album cover art hit the Internet earlier this month.
It’s Barbie, b*tch! With her highly-anticipated debut Pink Friday about a month away, Nicki Minaj gets dolled up on the album’s cover. Alarmingly staring at the camera, the Harajuku Barbie takes the pink motif to the extreme, sitting armless on the ground with her elongated legs in a flowing silver corset, pink stilettos, and a stark pink wig. (Rap-Up)
Originally slated to drop November 23rd, the project will now be released a day early.
Nicki Minaj has reportedly moved up the release date of her debut album “Pink Friday.” The debut album from Hip-Hop’s most popular female emcee will arrive a day early on November 22. This means that Nicki will be going up with Kanye West and his album “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” and Jay-Z‘s “Hits Collection Vol. 1.” Although she had been promoting a November 23rd date, she has now decided to release the album the Monday before Black Friday. (Hip Hop Wired)
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