OFFICIAL: The rankings are in and Chris Brown album comes in at #7, and not #6 as Hits Daily Double predicted. Chris Brown was able to sell over 100,000 units, and met album projections.
UNOFFICIAL: I don’t know if Graffiti is a flop or not. Compared to his last album that sold 295,000 units in it’s first week; it’s certainly a sharp decline. But take into consideration that he is officially “The Worst Person in the World of 2009″ next to Tiger Woods, sales are not so bad. He was shut-out the awards shows, he wasn’t allowed to perform live to promote the album, many stations boycotted his music, and he had several meltdowns on twitter. I’m actually surprised he made the projection mark of 95,000 – 110,000 units.
Yes, in conventional terms Graffiti was a flop, but once placed in perspective there are at least 100K who remain loyal fans. Only time will tell if this album will continue to move along the charts, but unless he is the loser of a reality show in the UK (Susan Boyle), future sales don’t look promising. Rihanna album sales dropped from #4 to #28 (Ouch). Chris Brown will probably trend the same.
UPDATE: Freddy O says he knows who the next RHOA will be, click here to find out.
Rumors have been circulating that Tameka Raymond may be cast for the upcoming season of Real Housewives of Atlanta (RHOA). NeNe and Kim have been fighting with RHOA execs and producers over money issues, including wanting extra money for their light bills, first class upgrades, and bigger makeup and weave (wig) budget.
According to The Spin on TV One, producers are drawn to Tameka Raymond because she’s already controversial, and she was married to an A-lister:
She didn’t get along with the mother of her ex-husband, she constantly fights with bloggers she claims she doesn’t know exist, and judging from her Twitter account seems like quite the combative personality despite all of the refrigerator wisdom often spewing from her tweets.
Is Tamkea Raymond slated to replace NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak on Real Housewives of Atlanta? The answer is simple, No. The reasons according to Rhymes With Snitch is even more simple:
because the other housewives don’t like her! They say Bravo is quietly planning to replace RHoA standouts NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak because those two cows won’t stop asking for more money, but when producers approached the remaining cast members with idea of adding Usher’s ex-wife Tameka they all threatened to walk!
If they added Tameka Raymond, I would totally watch the next season of RHOA hands down. I know there would be nothing but drama!
So, I’m moving on just like Swizz Beatz asked, and I’m leaving the Alicia Keys’ affair in the past for now. Her good definitely out weighs her negatives, and so moving on Alicia Keys performs her newest single, Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart. I’m just saying there is some irony in those lyrics, but I’m moving on.
Anyway, check out her live performance on David Letterman. Alicia Keys’ new album, Element of Freedom will be in stores today, December 15th. If you’re a fan and even if you’re not go ahead and stuff those stockings with a CD.
Lil Wayne just added more street credit to his reputation, as if he needed anymore. So let’s see his been shot, he’s moved weight, sipped the syrup, has 4 kid by 4 different baby mamas, and now he’s serving time. My thing is, I know Lil Wayne can do better and be better, and I’m just preaching to the choir. God blessed him with so much, and maybe when it’s too late, he’ll choose the harder part of life: trying to do what’s right because it’s just right. We all struggle with that one. I like Lil Wayne because I know he’s that talented and gifted child that could have been a doctor without studying, but circumstances are just that sometimes, and New Orleans unfortunately has it fair share. This experience will enrich his writing in a way never seen, and perhaps it may inspire him to write a novel, or a memoir. That should be the name of his next album, Memoir Volume I.
One week after his album, Rebirth, is set to be released, the judge orders Lil Wayne to turn himself in so that he can start his sentence for weapons charges:
Lil Wayne (born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.) was in a New York courtroom Tuesday (December 15), where a judge set a February 9 sentencing date in the rapper’s gun case. According to Wayne’s lawyer, Stacey Richman, he is likely to be sentenced and report to prison on the same day, just a week after the scheduled release of his frequently delayed next album, Rebirth, on February 1.
Wayne, who pleaded guilty in October to attempted criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, was in court Tuesday in Manhattan but did not speak during the brief appearance. The sentence stems from a July 2007 incident in which police boarded Wayne’s tour bus following the rapper’s first headlining show in New York and alleged that they found a gun on the vehicle.
The charge carries a one-year sentence, of which Wayne is expected to serve at least eight months. [Source]
When you are a media darling, you can do no wrong, but when one little secret is exposed, the media does whatever it can to get all the dirt on you. I’m not a big Alicia Keys fan when it comes to her music, it lacks the soul of Jill Scott or the rawness and depth of India.Arie, but I am a fan of her philanthropic spirit and her musicality. I know I have been hard on her for her mistress status, but that’s because I’m a biased married woman.
Anyway, Miss Keys has been receiving some unfavorable reviews of her new album, and some even more unfavorable press.
According to UK Mirror, Alicia Keys was offered hotel suite in the UK at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge worth over 5,000 pounds, and after arriving Miss Keys decided she wasn’t feeling the “vibe” at the hotel, and walked away:
My source reveals: “The hotel had been in discussion with Alicia’s team for a week, preparing her suite with her favourite flowers, scents and goodies. The hotel’s Rib Room entrance on Sloane Square had even been closed off at her bodyguard’s request for her arrival. But when they saw the Luxury Suite, Alicia and her people asked for something bigger.
“They were told there wasn’t anything bigger and that the Luxury Suite was the biggest and best in the hotel.
“Basically, Alicia took one look and said she ‘didn’t feel the vibe’. And when she does that, she’s not joking, so the whole entourage piled into her limo and left.”
If you’re planning on buying Alicia Keys’ new album, you may want to read the review in the Washington Post, The Element of No Surprise.
Like all of Keys’s discs, it’s manicured and lovely sounding, a musical edition of Oprah’s Book Club filled with songs of personal growth, romantic struggle and self-acceptance, done nicely, if not always well.
Is there any singer on the planet who plays it safer than Alicia Keys?
She started out as an ivory-pumping neo-soul prodigy, a female Prince, except without the sex. She has wound up the Sheryl Crow of R&B, an all-purpose pop star whose fame has far outstripped her record sales, whose celebrity is her brand. Like Crow, she’s the uncontroversial choice for inaugural events, Grammy Awards, corporate-sponsored tours and subpar James Bond themes. [Source]
It sounds like the best song on the CD is the duet with Beyonce, Put It in a Love Song. I’m not mad at Alicia Keys from walking away from the hotel, if it’s not big enough, it’s just not big enough.