Young Money's Mack Maine Says Nicki Minaj Is Stressing Over 'Pink Friday' 1st Week Sales. "She's Like Drake Sold 463,000, What You Think Imma Sell?"


There's big expectations placed on artists shoulders to do huge 1st week numbers. A lot of that pressure seems to come from the artists themselves.

Young Money's Mack Maine says Nicki Minaj is stressing out over how well her debut will do. She said recently that if 'Pink Friday' doesn't do well, it could spell the end for female rappers getting a major label deal.

Mack recently sat down with Vibe to talk about Nicki's mindset, and why he feels she shouldn't sweat it so much.

“She was worrying about first week. She was like, ‘Drake sold [463,000]. What you think I’ma sell? As if she gon' sell less,” recalls Maine. "I explained to her, ‘You know a lot of the press and the media really got it brainwashed with first week sales.’ Bieber went on to sell 2 million and Bieber might have only sold 17,000 the first week. Juvenile sold like 30,000 his first week of 400 Degreez and went on to sell 6 million.”

Mack makes a valid point there. Very few albums are keeping the same momentum going after a big 1st week. For every cd like Eminem's 'Recovery' that continued to do great numbers weeks after its release, there are countless projects that fall off the face of the map after the debut week.

Is this a result or weak overall albums? Or labels pushing the panic button too soon and bailing on projects prematurely?

Mack spoke about that as well.

I don’t know what happened to working the record and making sure that the artist reaches a certain point. I rather the end number be higher than the beginning,” says Maine. “These days, it’s all about: Let me do 500,000, a million the first week. Don’t get caught up in what Wayne did. You don’t want your pinnacle to be your first-week sales. Then everything’s downhill from there and then what? I don’t care if you sell 10 the first week and you go on to sell 5 million—we did better than the person that sold 300 the first week.

Real talk right there.

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Comment by M.K.J... on October 27, 2010 at 6:00pm
I AINT BUYING NOBODY ALBUM BUT BANKS LOL...
Comment by Young Bankz on October 27, 2010 at 5:46pm
yall stfu banks aint outsellin kanye or nicki minaj cause yall some unloyal a** fans 50 only did 150k his first week why? cause yall unloyal a** fans...imma be buyin banks album just like i did 50 album cause imma real fan b******
yall fake fradulent muh fuckas
Comment by philly 1 on October 27, 2010 at 5:46pm
I THINK SHE IS GOING TO OUT SELL DRAKE SHE HAS A BIG FAN BASE.........SHE THE HOTTEST FEMALE RAPPER OUT NOW.......... LOTS OF HITS WITH DIFFERENT ARTIST SHE IS GOING TO DO WELL...........GO NICKY........
Comment by Red The Fly Guy on October 27, 2010 at 5:45pm
My question is.. "Is the album gonna be parental advisory or is it gonna be clean" ???

because I remember her saying on the B.e.t. interview that she was confused on whether she should curse on her album or not because all the kids who also like her music.

I hope she dont sell out and have strictly bubble gum shiit on the album. LOL

But yeah, ANYTHING under 400,000 the first week will be considered a flop for her, considering that its "Nicki Minaj".
Comment by DJ Hennessy on October 27, 2010 at 5:43pm
hopefully none this s*** is reuining music, b**** sucks a** and shouldnt even try to rap
Comment by 1THUG aka Tha NYCHA LEGEND!! on October 27, 2010 at 5:41pm
selly betch aint gon do major numbers...she gon sell slightly over or under 150K!! tha only way she gon sell over 300K is if that nikki menaj and 1thug sex tape drop three days before her joint hit retail...cos when neggaz see how her butt pads was jigglin on my hungness, they will be impressed!!
Comment by Blanc on October 27, 2010 at 5:39pm
i think se deserve over 500 first week according to hit song but its gonna be easy anyway!!!
Comment by Dirty South on October 27, 2010 at 5:37pm
I really don't want her album to do well so I don't have to listen to anymore of her music. lol not even hatin on her. I just don't want anymore otherwise good songs ruined by her annoying a** on the original or remixed version. lol
Comment by Nootoorioous on October 27, 2010 at 5:37pm
shes gon sell less then drake 4sure.
Comment by Cashflow on October 27, 2010 at 5:36pm
Cosign. Hip hop the only genre that places stress on high 1st week numbers. Lady Gaga did 70k her first week and last I checked her single took a while to connect and when it did The Fame sold millions and Fame Monster Ep sold a million



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