August 11, 2006
Rhymefest = the next Maroon 5?
So what Blue Collar only did a bit short of 15,000 copies its first week out. Maroon 5 only sold 5,000 copies their first week out, and you see where they ended up.
Rhymefest on his disappointing sales figures (from his MySpace blog):
As we all know by now, my highly-anticipated and critically-acclaimed debut album BLUE COLLAR sold about 15,000 copies during the first week. As it stands now in the mass-marketing, single-driven genre of Hip-Hop music, this is considered a flop or a failure. Or is it?
-Akon, the well-known R&B star, sold about 5,000 copies his first week. And now, he holds a platinum plaque for his debut album TROUBLE.
-Lyfe Jennings: 6,000 copies his first week; also platinum.
-Maroon 5: 3,000 copies their first week; now multi-platinum.
While none of these artists that I named are rappers, they all understood the ingredients for success:
2)touring & great stage shows,
3)humble attitudes (checking their ego at the door), and finally
4)never giving up.
And of course it helps when you don't have Kanye West blackballing your career.
Byron Crawford a/k/a Bol is the celebrated author of several books, most recently NaS Lost: A Tribute to the Little Homey.
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