LeToya Luckett’s ‘Back 2 Life’ First Week Sales
Black women continue to struggle on the charts in the wake of LeToya Luckett’s new album debuting at number ninety-one on the Billboard 200. Despite overwhelmingly positive reviews, the singer’s third solo album, Back 2 Life, only managed to sell about 4,000 copies in its first week. This is significantly less than the 32,000 copies her Lady Love album sold in 2009 and the 165,000 copies her debut album sold in 2006.
As I have lamented several times over the last decade, black women are quickly disappearing from both the pop and urban charts. As R&B music continues to struggle, black women find themselves being hit especially hard. Only three black women have had platinum selling albums over the past five years, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Beyonce. Even once mighty chart-toppers like Mary J. Blige and Alicia keys have found themselves shut out. Mary’s Strength of Woman album recently debuted with sales of 78,000 copies, while Alicia Keys’ Here moved just 50,000.
Despite less than stellar sales, both Mary and Alicia have hit the touring circuit, something LeToya recently told Billboard she plans to do as well. With an acting career that includes upcoming roles in biopics about Dionne Warwick and rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, LeToya says she’s pretty busy, but anticipates setting aside time to take her music straight to the fans. “We’re hoping to hit up a couple of festivals before the year is up,” she told the magazine. “I’m especially anxious to reconnect with fans overseas. Its been a while.”