Grammy-winning singer The-Dream is showing the world his life does not revolve around record sales, promptly addressing shots fired his way from a Twitter user over his recently released IV Play album.
Rather than come up with excuses, Dream stood behind his project’s sales and said his career is much bigger than moving albums.
“@sinfulreligion AND……. but what changed? Boat,Maybach, my kids Rich? Unless the 43k I sold affected ure life style this ain’t the 90s,” Dream tweeted June 25 in response to a user claiming his album flopped.
“Spend 7 million I’m promo and Marketing and to sell 300k.. N*gga please. Just to say you did good. N*gga ima make 5mil on sync fees idgof.”
“I’m in the Publishing business yall can play along with that buy my own album Game. I appreciate it if I only sold one Album. House Money.”
“Lol I’m not ranting just kept it one hunded. Nothing Changed. I will still be Paid to create another Classic, why. Because I’m Dope. True” (The-Dream’s Twitter)
Earlier this month, the R&B hitmaker’s newest LP opened in the Top 20.
Atlanta singer-songwriter The-Dream returns to the upper tier of Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as “IV Play” opens at No. 2 with 23,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His previous release, the mixtape-turned-album “Terius Nash 1977,” peaked at No. 29 on January 5, ending his streak of consecutive top 10s at three. His debut set “Love/Hate” debuted and peaked at No. 5 with 59,000 in 2007 followed by the No. 1-opening Love VS Money with 151,000 copies in 2009 and “Love King” (No. 3) with 58,000 in 2010. (Billboard)
Recently, rap star Kanye West stood behind the idea of putting out a quality album even if it meant not selling a million copies.
“This is the part of the show when I start complaining about sh*t, justifying sh*t, but you know how it is,” he says as he let the menacing beat of “Clique” ride. ‘Ye continued to rant about the rollout of his album and his lack of care behind promotion and radio play: “With this album we ain’t drop no single to radio. We ain’t got no NBA campaign, nothing like that. Sh*t, we ain’t even got no cover. We just made some real music. Like, back when I used to make albums and sh*t, a couple years ago, we’d go away and work on the album for months or something. We’d always have to hold the album to like August, or September or till the perfect moment and sh*t. Because it mean that ‘I think would sell more if it get more audience and sh*t.’ But honestly at this point when I listen to radio, that ain’t where I want to be no more. Honestly at this point, I could give a f*ck about selling a million records as long as I put out an album for the summer that y’all can rock to for all f*ckin’ summer… At this point I don’t really give a f*ck about outside opinion.” (YouTube)
In late May, Bad Boy Records rapper French Montana downplayed the importance of pushing out big record sales.
“Nah, not really,” Montana said in reference to worry about his album sales. “Nah, I don’t make money off CDs. I do shows. I do other things. So that don’t bother me. It don’t concern me because I’ll keep working hard regardless. The only thing I was concerned about was having the right music. That’s what’s gonna live on forever.” (Power 99 FM)