Chart News with Keyshia & Rihanna

posted by Sista on November 20th, 2012 at 6:37 pm
RIHANNA SCORES HER FIRST 1 ALBUM 350x197 Chart News with Keyshia & Rihanna

Both Keyshia Cole and Rihanna released new albums yesterday. Keyshia’s highly anticipated “Woman to Woman’ was supposed to help put her back on top and cement her as the only heir to Mary J. Blige’s throne; while Rihanna’s ‘Unapologetic’ was simply supposed to do what all the singer’s albums have done: sell moderately well while spinning off a succession of #1 singles.

With Hits Daily Double’s one day sales reporting in, one of the above singers has probably cemented herself a spot in history, while the other is probably on her way to being history.

Read below to find out who.

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With little national promo and a single that struggled to stay afloat on the R&B charts, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that Keyshia’s ‘Woman to Woman’ album is expected to debut with sales of only 75-85k.

Besides a random TV performance here and there, Keyshia was nowhere to be found the weeks and days leading up to the release of ‘Woman to Woman.’ I saw a few ads sprinkled around online, but that is not promotion and doesn’t motivate fans to buy your album.

At the other end of the spectrum we have Rihanna, a woman who promotes her music relentlessly and is finally on the verge on being rewarded for it, via her first #1 album. HDD estimates ‘Unapologetic’ will sell between 240-260k, easily besting the competition and scoring the singer her first #1 album in the United States and her best first week sales ever.

Other notable debuts on the next week’s Billboard Hot 200 include Kid Rock’s ‘Rebel Soul’ (160-180k), American Idol winner Phillip Phillips’ ‘The World from the Side of the Moon’ (140-160k), Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Greatest Hits Chapter One’ (45-50k), Pitbull’s ‘Global Warming’ (35-40k) and Coldplay’s ‘Live 2012’ CD/DVD (30-35k).

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So what do you guys think of these numbers? Are you shocked at Keyshia’s poor showing? Did the unusually high sales of Rihanna’s ‘Unaplogetic’ come as a complete surprise? Sound off below.



10 Comments

  1. I am not surprised for Rihanna didn’t start getting numbers like that over night. Good for her. Since R&B is not as popular as it used to be doesn’t mean that keyshia is to be forgotten just need to keep grinding and putting her music out there for the people appreciate it. I don’t believe record sells indicate how good an album is. We just have to support what we like and keep it moving. I bought Brandy’s masterpiece and I will support keyshia as well because I like their music.

  2. Let’s look at who their core fans are…Keysha is marketed towards Blacks while the white girls love Rhi (not saying blacks don’t but get my gist)…Brandy had promotion upon promotion and sold 68K so Keysha is actually topping Brandy with less promo…as the sista above stated, folks are sleeping on R&B and most folks I know prefer to download for free than spend money on albums

  3. you forgot NEYO his album came out a week or 2 ago.

    i bout it as a supportive fan, i give it a 7 out of 10.

    he sold between 60-70k

    not making any real points, just putting it out there

  4. Keyshia Cole’s albums have all consistently sold more than Rihanna’s albums in the first week and overall. Rihanna has always been a singles artists who couldn’t really move albums in the U.S. Rihanna’s sales are going up though because the quality of her music is ever expanding, while Keyshia’s music has become very filler-ish. R&B fans aren’t to blame. They’ll buy good music if someone makes it.

  5. @Sista then can you explain why Brandy’s didn’t sell cause that album is beyond awesome.

  6. Yes, I have got to say Brandy’s album is amazing. She never really disappoints me! But the album sales for Keyshia and Rihanna don’t surprise me at all.

  7. has any of Keyshia album gone platinum? get your shit straight. Rihanna last 4 albums went platinum.
    Rihanna albums may not have heavy 1st week sales ,but in the long run it out sells most artist. Her album have staying power. I bet if you check BB 200 she may still have 2 or 3 albums on the chart. We need to stop like only American market counts. Unapologetic is number one on Itunes in 40 countries

  8. Keyshia has had 3 platinum albums. The only one that didn’t go platinum was calling all hearts.

  9. WOMAN TO WOMAN IS A REALLY, REALLY NICE CDJOB WELL DONE KEYSHIA! HOWEVER, SHE NEEDS TO GO BACK AND GET MANNY HALLEY AND AMINA THE RAPPER THAT WAS ON THE PLATINUM CD’S ! GETTING RID OF THEM WAS A COSTLY OPTION!

  10. I didn’t see alot of promotion for Keyshia’s cd. Rihanna did a 7 day tour to promote her cd. Keyshia may not have the same machine backing her like Rihanna.