Drake is prepared to reign over the Billboard charts this Tuesday when his debut album Thank Me Later finally arrives in stores. Young Money’s shining star is easily the most-talked-about hip-hop newcomer of the past year, but can he translate his buzz into sales?
How many copies do you think Drizzy will sell in his first week? Will he have the best debut of the year or fall short of expectations? And will he give Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III a run for its money?
Make your predictions below.
STATS: • Drake’s So Far Gone EP has sold 469,000 copies to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This is for the commercial release only and does not include copies of the mixtape downloaded for free off the Internet. • “Find Your Love” is currently No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. • “Miss Me” debuted at No. 15 this week. • “Over” sits at No. 21 in its 13th week on the Hot 100. • Thank Me Later is top 20 on Amazon.com’s Bestsellers in Music based on pre-sales.
Damn, based on the statistics, I would say he MIGHT hit Gold within the first 2 weeks, if not instantly, but the economy is so bad, is 1 million even plausible anymore? I hope he goes platinum. I will be contributing to the sales though, fu** bootlegging.
i said 400-500 but i think i’m overestimating a bit. drake has a lot of buzz, so it’ll be big, but he’s had no big hit since “best i ever had” and he’s not done the wayne thing (dropped a series of well regarded mixtapes over a period of years). if he sells more than that, i won’t be surprised, but i don’t think he’ll come close to a milli.
‘I’d rather be an optimist who is sometimes wrong than a pessimist who is always right’ Platinum+ in first week. & i dont need to go back to school, i still go school. :) Seen the amount of people that say they’re copping 2 or 3 copies? Seen how huge his internet fanbase & how loyal they are? Seen how a mixtape EP which Drake told people they could still get for free has nearly hit gold numbers? Seen how many different groups of people like him? Go drizzy.
ul r kak mad if u think he will do over 150k. if xtina cant do it then he def cant . xtina peaked higher on itunes presales n was in top 10wit pre sales. be real. drake is not the force you think he is. his problem is he made to much of a name for himself as a feature artist. riri only did in the 100ks n u expect hm to do more? haha wake up
The market is a hard one right now… I will be buying it but even Christina and other big artists don’t sale as much these days which draws harsh criticism and headlines from bloggers and critics but in truth it the reality of the digital generation. Because of illegal downloading and the ability to purchase single songs from an album on digital retailers it’s impossible to have big selling numbers anymore… I think it’s time to accept that we can’t really judge how good an album is or the quality of the artist by album sales. They will never be a great source of revenue for the industry anymore. Everyone is a cafeteria consumer picking what they want which is great but sometimes I wish music hadn’t become as accessible as it has. Kind of sad… I do think Drake will do well though. We shall see.
700k-800k 1st week, ppl 4get wayne had ppl waiting 3yrs for C3 to come out and lollipop was a #1 hit across the charts, but then again who knows ….I m holding firm to 700k-800k 1st week, this isn’t the 90′s or early 2000′s anymore …but then you could not have a #1 record and still go 5x platinum that year, like DMX, DMX never had a number record, he just got great rotation on the radio and it wasn’t as easy to download albums. I miss not knowing how my favorite artists CD sounded b4 it actually came out, does anybody remember that feeling we use to get when we’d buy a new CD and hear it for the 1st in our cars or in our rooms while reading the CD booklet? I miss that.
People must be delusional if they think Drake is going GOLD (500,000 +) first week let alone Platinum ( 1,000,000 +) Even though Drake has a huge buzz and honestly the album was actually pretty good so the leak won’t really hurt the sales….He will only sell decent numbers meaning 200,000 + forsure but max 400,000
I will probably sell about 400K, B.O.B. has a #1 hit with “nothing on you” and another top 10 hit with “airplanes” and he only sold like less than 100k. Drake has no top ten single since “every girl” and some ppl, including me, were disappointed with the leak so the buzz went down a little bit.
@LOL none of Thank Me Later’s singles flopped. he’s doing GREAT on the radio charts, because of the urban and rhythm support he has! the pop radios are not helpin, so he’s not goin that well on iTunes and stuff. well, i bet Find Your Love will soon hit the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100!
LMAOOOOOO at ppl thinking we will sell a milli!!i voted 100k-200k becoz of the hype!!and no he wont have the biggest opening of th year,EMINEM will get the biggest opening with maybe 500k or 400k,the CDs dont sell anymore!!lets face it!!
pop radios dont play his songs cause THEY SUCK And the FLOP of his album wont help it and FYI Eminem debut at #1 withtout the support of ANY radios. Drake is a WASTE of Money for YM. he has no charisma & never get a #1 hit after having THE BIGGEST suopport of the music industry since LIL WAYNE who sold 1 million the 1st week
DEAD @ Rap up keeping silly comments about the death of kanye west mother & blocking my IP cause I said that Drake will Flop. This is why I hate bloggers they think they are the police of opinion. they think their opinions are truth and say what they want about people but dont let people giving their opinions. #freedomofspeech
Seeing Drake flopping and artists like Usher having success despite early leaks and insults from bloggers is the best revenge
OMG ! 15percent thinking he will do more then a milli ! Jay with Run this town and empire state of mind a top the charts did not do 500k, eminem last year did 600k while it had enormous anticipation because it had been 5years since the last and yall thinking drizzy will do a mil ! no way, he’s album so was so hyped that to many people wanted to download the leak, plus the reaction to the album are really mixed, he hasn’t got one top ten single, yeah wayne did a milli in a week but he had a 5x platinum single out : lollipop etc And the highest freshman first week recently wa cudi with 100k and no leak
Getting blasted on the internet, he is not liked at all here in my state, which is a state that is very much so, interested in hip-hop and rapp. He is really sending the wrong message to young people especially that it is o.k. to sleep with your friends ex-girl and it’s o.k. to sleep with someone who cares the herpes virus. People now is looking for strongness, smartness, intelligents, non-ghetteo and very respectful men. Sad, how he make-up some cry baby song of Rihanna who has the herpes virus. I would be ashamed and very embrassed to mention such a thing. There’s certain of your business you should never expose, he is not a young teen-ager so, he should have grown up and know these little simple things in life.
HMMM… I’M NOT SURE IF HE WILL GO PLATINUM IN THE 1ST WK. SINCE THE ALBUM LEAKED ALOT OF PPL HAVEN’T REALLY BEEN FEELING DRAKE. HIS BUZZ IS BEGINNING TO DIE DOWN A LIL. I PERSONALLY THINK SO FAR GONE IS BETTER THAN THANK ME LATER, BUT BOTH ALBUMS REMIND ME OF 808′S & HEARTBREAK. I LIKE THE ALBUM, BUT I WOULDN’T SAY IT IS A CLASSIC HIP HOP ALBUM.
I like being a hater when someone deserves it..Drake is overhyped and overrated…the man has got some damn talent but when u sound the same on EVERY song, ppl get tired of listening to it. He keeps it real? Really? Cause all i hear is him talk about how he made it and he’s got his money now. You want real? NO ONE keeps it more real than Eminem, especially right now. Drake will be 250,00 IF that. Em? Look at itunes right now, Recovery is the #2 album – BASED ON PRE-ORDERS..and its also #10 for the clean version. Em will destroy – at least 750,000 – and he damn well deserves it. Drake doesnt deserve anything considering he said “i wanna make music that is timeless and will last” – well when u do Drake- let us know.
I personally think that he will get either close to or above a million based on his fan base. The ones who are critiquing the album the hardest are the ones who weren’t going to buy it regardless. He has plenty of supporters out there and personally I think the album is sick. Let’s not use Christina as a decoding factor because although I purchased the DELUXE EDITION, it just wasn’t that good. If I wanted to hear “The Fame” I would have bought Lady GaGa’s not “Bionic”. Lol just a thought. Drake will do just fine, plus you make most of your money off of tours. THAT’S the way the industry operates nowadays.
100k – 400k, I think it will sell, but not that well. I heard the leak, I like the singles and the tracks from “up all night” and on. But b4 dat, its boring, except Fireworks. I turned it off after the Resistance and Karaoke, b4 my friend convinced me to listen to the rest.
its fucking hilarious when people actually think hes going to sale a million in its first week. he’ll be lucky to sale over 300,000. the difference between Thank Me Later and The Carter 3 is The Carter 3 had out of these world singles and people arent going to support the artists if they dont have the singles that everyone loves.
Drake Will Do At least 500,000 the first week Find Your Love will be Top 10 this week And his new single Miss Me Debuted at #15 perfect timing plus drake is on a major tour and he has a diverse Fan Base and he has three commercials out for his album he’ll do find plus i’m buying 2 copies
i reckon he will break wayne’s record. he is the hottest thing at the moment, for eg – check out how many people have been viewing his videos on you tube and check out his loyal fan base and i’m one of them and for sure i know that he will be sold out here in south africa within the fist week believe that. People can download all they want but us his true fans are buying Thank me later – so i reckon over a mill on his first week. think about this for a sec – how big is the Usa, Europe, Africa, Asia ect and think how many fans this boy has – so is a million not possible, i say hell no that ish is def possible for this boy.
Drake will Debut at #1 with 554,238 Copies The first Week Second Week He’ll land at #2 or 3 falling Behind Eminem and Possibly Miley Cyrus and do 232,130 Copies and he’ll eventually go platinum in 3-4 weeks while Miss Me & Find Your Love impact the Billboard Charts… Copy & Paste this when Sound scan is revealed next week.
For the first day alone i predict drake will sell atleast 300,000. People are gonna be buying that album like hotcakes tommorow for sure. Drake will probobly sell 600-700,000 copies first week even with the leak and if it wasnt for the leak maybe close to a million or even more. Drake will definately go gold in the first week though thats for sure.
Dude gonna do 180k or 200k. Kid Cudi had a lot of buzz and 1 hell of a single. Granted drake has a bigger buzz but his singles are blah and his buzz has decreased a lot. I think many people were disappointed with the album. He diodnt have one major track and it was repetitive. He’s getting really bad reviews also.
Who said they not purchasing his album becus he said fuck kim needs to sit the fuck down! Its nice to know you feel that way and Kim is a lil snobby bitch who needs to stop trying to get attention and nicki isn’t going to give her any so he did! So for you to say that I’m going to say fuck you , fuck kim janet Jackson looking ass and fuck your money for not wanting to buy thank me later! Lol
the more i listen to it, the more I realize how complete the cd is. People who turn off the cd after resistance probably hate rnb to begin with and so dont understand how deep and crazy and versatile this dudes music is. Support this man. Songs I didn’t like are growing on me like crazy aka Karaoke, Resistance and half way through FANCY. Dude this cd is crazy add up all the potential hit singles who needs one crazy single when your entire cd are potential hits. “over, miss me, fall for your type, unforgettable, fancy, shut it down, resistance…” like seven singles!
Of course he’s going to sell whatever its predicted that he is going to sell. THEY ARE NEVER WRONG. Billboard already knows which is why I’m always suspicious of how the music industry works. Billboard predicted Wayne to sell a million in one week. True me they have this shit pre planned.
if it wasnt for everybody downloading music then he probably would sale a million…the issue is that if ppl werent able to hear the songs be4 the cd came out then more ppl will buy it…im a example…if it wasnt for downloading and hearing it be4 it hit shelfs i would have been the 1st person to buy the cd but after i heard it i was disappointed…its good but not at the level that i pictured. Lets put it like this, I have already listened to Eminem’s Recovery and it is wayyyyyyyyy better than Thank You Later and im STILL going to buy it!!! Eminem will probably do a mill 1st wk, but not Drake, ill give him 500,000 copies or less.
i love the album and wouldn’t be surprised if it sold a milli. it has lots of hype and drakes fan base is massive and a lot of people determined to have a physical copy of the album. leaks don’t really matter tha carter 3 leaked several times before it’s release.