There were two major hip hop releases this week as Compton rapper Game dropped his fifth studio album, Jesus Piece, and Atlanta emcee Big Boi released his second solo album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors.
As reported by HitsDailyDouble, both Game and Big Boi are looking at very disappointing opening sales weeks, Big Boi more than Game as the Outkast rapper is projected to sell between 25-30k copies in his first week, while Game is estimated to sell between 75-80k units in his opening week.
If the sales projections hold true, Big Boi will have sold considerably less than his 2010 release, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, which sold 62k copies in its first week, and debuted at #3 on the Billboard charts. And Game is looking at the same fate as Big Boi, as the Compton rappers’ previous release, The R.E.D. Album sold 98k in its first sales week in 2011, debuting #1 on the Billboard 200.
Stay tuned to Def Sounds for the official first week sales numbers when they are revealed next week.
Update: Game’s Jesus Piece expected to sell more copies than originally expected.
It was previously reported that Game’s new album Jesus Piece was projected to sell between 75-80k copies in the first sales week. Now, the Compton rapper gets a boost and is expected to sell more than originally projected.
As reported by HDD, Game’s 5th studio album, Jesus Piece received a sales boost towards the end of the week and is now projected to sell 85-90k copies in it’s first week on store shelves.
Keep it locked to DS for the official numbers when they are revealed in the next couple of days.