Method Man, Ghostface Killah and Raekwon‘s Wu-Massacre is reportedly en route to sell up to 50,000 copies in its first-week sales.
Based on one-day estimates, the album will bow down to stiff competition from new Usher and Erykah Badu albums.
With three smash singles at Urban radio, “There Goes My Baby,” “Lil’ Freak” and “Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home),” the LaFace/JLG R&B star’s Raymond v Raymond album will debut at #1 on next week’s HITS sales chart, sporting a total now pegged at 330-350k, which may even climb higher on anticipation of a busy Easter weekend at retail. Universal Motown’s Erykah Badu will be the next-highest newcomer, with 110-120k in sales for her new album, New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh). Former Wu members Meth + Ghost + Rae return with Wu-Massacre for Def Jam/IDJ, which appears to be in the 40-50k range. The album features Method Man, Ghostface Killah and Raekwon teaming up for the first time since Wu-Tang Clan. (Hits Daily Double)
Method Man recently talked about the album’s promotion and marketing.
“So far, with the promotion of this album, I ain’t have nothing to do with it,” Meth explained in an interview. “We’ve all been busy working — well, Rae’s been doing Cuban Linx [Part II], Ghost been promoting Wizard of Poetry, I had done like three f*cking movies last year so yeah, I mean, I’m glad someone in the building is taking it upon themselves to get the ball rolling so it’s a good deal right there because in the era we’re in right now, you gotta do all that sh*t yourself…” (Rap Radar)
Last month, Raekwon spoke on the threesome’s album and its importance to the Wu legacy.
“I’d say probably four or five months ago,” Rae said about the album’s recording process. “We just wanted to make another album that really represents our brand, which is the W. When you think of Wu-Tang, we’ve been in the business for damn near almost, what, 17 years? We just want to make sure that people still know that we didn’t go nowhere — musically, passionately about hip-hop. When you get records like this, it helps keep the W flag up high. You know what I mean? Like the American flag. We gotta take care of that flag. It was something that was going to happen sooner or later. Us three, we always work good together throughout the years. On a lot of records, me, Ghost, and Meth was always next to each other. If you look at [the Wu-Tang Clan] as being the Lakers, we are the MVPs of the team.” (Entertainment Weekly)
Prior to naming the album Wu-Massacre, a contest was reportedly made for fans to help in deciding a title.
“We Need a Group Name!!!!!,” the message read last night (January 8). “Help us out! As you know Ghostface Killah, Method Man and Reakwon are teaming up for an album dropping very soon, but Meth, Rae & Ghost need a name 4 the group. Txt MethRaeGhost to 66937 to name the band! If they chose UR name U can be in the liner notes (Ghostface Killah’s MySpace)
Check out Method Man speaking on the new album below: