Miss Kelly’s First Week Sales Revealed

So what happens to a struggling artist who has a new album coming out but does nothing to promote it? I don’t know- but I bet Kelly Rowland does.

The singer’s third solo album “Here I Am” was proceeded by the #1 smash R & B hit “Motivation” and should have performed relatively well in its first week. However, because Kelly has not done a stitch of promotion, the album will debut with sales of well under 100,000.

How much under? Keep reading…

According to Hits Daily Double, Kelly’s “Here I Am” will sell anywhere between 70-75,000 copies, which could secure it the #2 position if Adele’s “21” every decides to relinquish it.

I wrote about Kelly’s lack of promotion earlier this week and quite a few people thought I was being negative when in actuality I was stating the truth. Kelly cannot sell off of name alone, nor can she hope that the people who purchased “Motivation” will be moved to also purchase “Here I Am.”

So, where does Kelly go from here? Apparently out on tour with fellow R & B powerhouse Chris Brown. C Breezy announced last week that Miss Kelly would be tagging along on his upcoming fall tour.

45 Comments

  1. Well I seen this coming. Truth is (and I honestly hate to say it) but Kelly isn’t a household name or a superstar her name alone will not sell records so her team needs to step things up BIG TIME, because I would hate to see her not do well this time around.

  2. Well to be fair Jennifer lopez album only sold 83,000 when it came out and that’s with 20 million veiwers on idol twice a week and the show promoting her album. So household name or not people buy or don’t buy what they want. Particularily right now, it’s tough.

  3. I feel so bad for Kelly. She’s really trying, but it seems like the woman just can’t get a break. I do agree that she should have had more promotion, because one song can not carry an entire album in terms of sales. I don’t know what’s up with her team, but they need to get it cracking! I understand that she also has to do the, “X Factor” too. So, maybe that’s taking up alot of her time too. It’s such a shame, because the album in my opinion is pretty good. Regardless though, Kelly’s my girl, and I will continue to support her.

  4. Kelly should have dropped the 2nd single before she released the cd. I overstand the situation between artist and record label..the better seller get the better budget and that is what it is…..that has nothing to do with her album “Here I Am” being an excellent album and am not upset about the 14.00 vested

  5. Kelly should promote more. That number isn’t so low she can’t up with it with a few performances especially of new material.

  6. Well, as big as her name is internationally, Bey really didnt sell very much more than that in her first week and her cd has yet to screech it way to gold much less platimum by the last figures I’ve seen. I guess folks are using what few dollars they have for the things they need for themselves and their families. Folks can no longer afford to keep the rich rich nor the famous with frivolous spending. You can live without a new cd but you cant live without food, shelter or clothing. (shrugs) Kelly is building her brand the old fashion way slowly but surely. Methinks she will survive and be in the game for many more years to come.

  7. Bey is already gold this week. Try again and oh focus on Kelly

  8. KELLY IS ON THE RISE RIGHT NOW PERIOD. SO WE WILL HAVE TO SEE WHAT THE FINAL NUMBERS WILL B. IT HAS TAKEN B UNTIL NOW TO GO GOLD AND FOR HER THAT IS A FLOP. I AM GLAD THAT KELLY HAS ARRIVED. SHE HAS BEEN THE UNDER DOG AND DOGGED OUT FOR SO LONG. MOTIVATION OPENED UP A NEW SPACE FOR HER IN THE U.S BECAUSE SHE HAS BEEN BIG OVER SEAS FOR A LONG TIME. WE ARE JUST CATCHING ON TO MISS KELLY ROW. I REMEMBER THIS SONG BACK ON HER ALBUM IN 07 COME BACK. THE VIDEO WAS SUPER HOT BUT SHE WAS WITH MATTY KNOWLES CAMP AND THEY DID NOT RELEASE AS A SINGLE. I SAID THEN OH SHE GOT SOMETHING HERE BUT HER PROMOTION WAS NOT GOOD. THE KNOWLES CLAN WAS ONLY INTO B WHACK SO THAT IS WHY THAT ALBUM DID NOT DO WELL AS IT COULD HAVE. PROMOTION AND ENCOURAGEMENT IS EVERYTHING. THEN NOW WHEN SHE CAME WITH MOTIVATION IT JUST PARTED THE SKY AND NOW THE U.S GOT TO GIVE PROPS WERE ITS DUE. GO KELLY SHE IS HERE NOW A LOT OF PEOPLE IS ROOTING FOR HER. TEAM KELLY!!!

  9. @Keeping It 1000

    First of all, what does Beyonce have to this in the first place?

    AND FYI Beyonce had sold over a million copies including the 552,000 she has sold in the U.S. Yes her sales have been better, and SHOULD be better, but what can we do about it.And it’s a flop for he because it’s taking a bit longer to sell when its only been a month, GTFOH and Stop with the nonsense.

    And Go Kelly, I hope she goes #1. TEAM KELLY.
    And lasty, her last album sold more first week than this album with no hit and with Matty Knowles. Kill the excuses.

  10. @KEEPING IT 1000

    Her promo hasn’t been good for this album either…all her stans are begging for more promo. So what’s the excuse this time now that Matthew is out of the picture?

    FYI, Motivations isn’t the career-defining smash folks are hyping it up to be …don’t blame others for Kelly’s tragic sales…blame her fair-weather “stans”?

  11. Wow! The Beystings are in the house. Curse Jesus but dibt nobody say nothing about Beyonce. She died on stage for their souls. So the worship must continue 24/7. SMDH! Some black folks are so ignorant and blind. Bey dont give a damn about y’all low rent busters unless she is selling you something. Otherwise her bodyguards are charged with keeping you out of her air space. LMBO!

  12. @Summer

    LOL! You were the first person to mention Beyonce in a post about Kelly…wtf are you ranting about?

  13. @Keepin it : Who cares what beyonce has done? Nobody but you, so quit working on people’s nerves

    @lMao : do you walk around with a little “facts” sheet , ready to blast ? Out of the billions of album beyonce sold did you receive any royalty ? So please take a seat next to Keeping, you guys need some type of inspiration in life this isn’t it .

    I DON’T CARE, how much kelly’s album sell/sold/will sell, I purchased it and i enjoyed it, Point blank period

  14. I was just saying this exact thing to someone yesterday… where is Kelly’s promotion? Times have been hard for a few yrs now & people will always choose to buy or not buy( hey that’s life), but that hasn’t stopped many artist from promoting their projects, so why should it stop Kelly? No she didn’t have to have a massive promotion, but SOMETHING. I didn’t see a commercial for the album until Monday night & the thing dropped Tuesday. I think I heard of ONE radio interview that she did the week prior to the album drop date, when in actuality there should have been several. I am quite sure that she was on her grind Tuesday to promote, but seriously she shoulda been out there long before then. I get that she has a lot going on, but somehow they could have worked promotion in her schedule b/c for Pete’s sake it was/is HER album. I don’t know what this NEW management, label, & Kelly have planned for this project but they need to stop sleeping b/c there’s foot work to be done.

  15. There’s some pathetic people that roam around on these blogs/sites. If you’re so sick and tired of someone (as you claim to be) STOP BRINGING THEIR NAME UP!!! It’s as simple as that! Do you understand the more you talk about Beyonce, the more you increase her exposure? Do you people comprehend that, or are you just dumb as hell?

    And alot of people today are all talk, if you want Ms. Rowland to do well buy the album, stop making excuses.

  16. Unfortunately its all about promo, and Kelly doesn’t have any major promo, promo is key to an albums success, she had a hit but was not a MAJOR hit, she should be performing on shows like So You Think You Can Dance and Jay Leno
    Anyway its not about first week sales but longevity and I am happy with the album

    Bey had TONS of promo, magazine covers, televised perfomances, and TV specails, something Kelly does not have, she does not have that platform. Nothing wrong with bringing up Bey, they will always be compared

    @ Ray/ Danielle-Jlo sold 83,000 its first week,but there was no promo besides the video premiere and performance. AI did not promote her album.It gave her exposure. Just because you are a judge does not = sales,If that is that the case Paula Abdul would of came back, Besides that On The Floor has shifted 6.5 million worldwide and the second single is at 1 million worldwide while the album itself is at 800k worldwide. So she is doing pretty well for someone who is not promoting, but she should be, but I suppose her piorities are different right now with her divorce

    I’m all for women doing well espiecally my Brown Sistas, SUPPORT!

  17. @ Ray, that’s an interesting fact I didn’t know. But you see how the media acts like she had some smash hit album. That point blank is a flop even with all the free publicity. So Kelly considering she had no promotion and only put out 1 single did pretty good. As far as Beyonce is concerened I’m not the biggest fan but considering her whole album was leaked and she didn’t have any singles that hit she still made out pretty damn good. So like you said people buy or DON’T buy what the want.

  18. @forreal that’s what I was saying. I didn’t say being on the show would equal sales but you’d think it wouldn’t hurt either. Personally I don’t support lopez because she’s a crappy singer but I digress. Having said that, I don’t care who you are if you don’t have an audience especially today that will support you it’s hard. When I look at someone like Sade who sold 500,000 after not even being seen for damn near 10 years that told me alot. If an audience wants you, you have no problem selling. Thanks for keeping it civilized because it gets heated on here. And I agree with you support brown sistas (who can sing!!) 😉

  19. I think Kelly doesnt care what numbers she does – at least she acts like she doesn’t. She acts like she doesn’t care of she reaches the masses and that alone can keep you in low-grade of sales numbers. No promo is NEVER good. The quality of the CD is good but I haven’t heard enough from her.Not even a real 2nd single of video. Good luck to her though.

  20. Kelly is on the radar now. They are going to re-package her album and re-release as soon as L.A. officially takes over. That is why your seeing her everywhere. They are going to release another big single and she is going to be like Rhianna a singles queen. That is the name of the game now.

  21. @Ray, no problem, I was just expressing my opinion, respect yours as well, I just like seeing woman do well, and I know Woman of colour have to work twice as hard as their white peers to do so

  22. Kelly has the wrong people behind her. The difference between Beyonce and Kelly is that Beyonce live performances are always upbeat and bright and draws the audience in. Whereas Kelly performance isn’t exciting. The BET performance wasn’t that eye popping like people claim. If I was Kelly, I would brighten up my mood.Wear bright colors, take a note from Beyonce and sing songs that are upbeat . The song Motivation is terrible,and the whole video totally sucked. And the wardrobe for the video sucked. And if Kelly has to do something that is going to get people talking about her. At the end of the day, the era of Janet /Madonna record sells are gone, because artists don’t have that spark anymore.

  23. I agree with so many of the comments here…”no promotion” is never good”…But, given all of this…Kelly’s numbers aren’t dismal…given what artists as a whole sell for first week with and without promotion…Joss Stone (what happened?)…I don’t get the plan yet…but, I have a feeling it’s going to work out for Kelly, her momentum is still in effect!…she’s going through a learning curve, I guess?

    I also believe this is quite possible…

    “Kelly is on the radar now. They are going to re-package her album and re-release as soon as L.A. officially takes over. That is why your seeing her everywhere. They are going to release another big single and she is going to be like Rhianna a singles queen. That is the name of the game now.”

    I hope!

  24. What shocked me was the long gap between the single and the album … I suspect if the album came out a few weeks back while the single was really hot it would have done a bit better. But everyone is right – she is not really promoting it. Didn’t the head of that label just leave? That could be part of it?

  25. How are you gonna have an album called ‘Here I Am’ but you are nowhere to be found. I guess Kelly Rowland is comfortable being second best.

  26. I agree, her sales really aren’t “dismal” in the least…to almost hit number 2 on the entire charts? Rihanna’s Loud was #4 (I think) and still went on to be a success for her. I wouldn’t count Kelly out just yet.

    & I’m with Shontelle on the matter of…well, everything else. People, relax.

  27. AND the only reason why she isn’t number 2 is b/c of ADELE?? That’s awesome for Kelly, imo. It shows that ppl are buying her record just off of one single alone.

  28. Songs are borderline doo doo. Sales would have been even lower with promotion.

  29. I think she had been promoting overseas. I don’t see her really going overboard here in the states.I feel like she just does not feel the support like in Europe and I don’t blame her …..she resides over there most of the time anyway…I would…

  30. She’s not promoting overseas b/c she said this is the US version and she’s releasing an international (READ:Dance Music)version some time later for the UK and Europe.

    With that said, you can’t totally blame Kelly for the lack of promo…she can’t promote anything if the label budget isn’t big enough. Universal Motown expected Commander and Rose Colored Glasses and the other pop songs she released last year to blow big like that Guetta song that everyone who doesn’t live in America loves. When it didn’t, she quickly became a non-priority for the label.

    This album was pushed back AGAIN until September and only when “Motivation” became an unexpected RnB hit they fast-tracked the project to July. The entire thing was rushed and mismanaged. Kelly has to do some performances in order to sustain her album sales in the long-run …even with all that airplay, “Motivation” has not cracked the top 20 on itunes.

  31. I’m not understanding! Kelly’s CD is banging! She should have had at least two videos out by now!!! Her promo team dropped the ball! There’s no way an album that hot should be collecting dust. That’s a waste!Instead of launching singles she’s promoting everybody else and launching ab crunches with LaLa! Newsflash Kelly you had a CD coming out – damn everybody else. You should have put yourself first! I wonder how many cds LaLa bought? Huh?! WTF! Kelly step your game up!!!!!!! Sincerely, a fan.

  32. I love Kelly and I want see her album fly off the walls but just like the writer said, there is always something missing with the release of her album and its PROMOTION. I like the idea of an artist releasing two singles..one like she did with motivation and then another one right before the album drops. She can be a top artist if the right decisions are made and I am going to support her. But I just hate that her PR people dont go full out with her like they need to.

  33. A good friend in the UK tells me that Kelly is very big over there. She should sell well there if no where else.

  34. I saw Kelly on the Gail King show but that’s not exactly the biggest of promo venues.

  35. I really like Kelly and all but I just think that like everyone else said she does not have the promotional backing like her bandmate Bey. Mybe they put all their efforts into the monies for the studio and releaseing the album then they did in actually face to face promotion because that is all the label had money to do. It is a shame that she isnt able to go on shows like even Wendy Williams and showcase her vocals. Im just curious, if your not a big name, do you have to pay to be on shows like the View and Leno?

  36. SUPANOVA- No you don’t have to pay, it’s promotion…you help them, they help you type of thing.

  37. @john…oh ok and I guess I spoke to soon just saw Kelly on Leno, it wasnt BET performance wise, but it was a solid A for effort, and she wasnt lipsyncing either!!!!

  38. _____Do the math___under 100,000 Sold in a week..that’s not bad…in one month she could be almost gold…

  39. One main point that the author missed, or basically isn’t aware of is the fact that Kelly is MORE famous in Europe than she is in the states. It always has been that way, and there are several other stars that have found mediocre success here, but are icons abroad. For instance, Amerie….
    I think that the small amount of promotion may be due to her busy schedule. But, it appears that she has been increasing that as of late.
    Regardless, it would be nice if people would stop making a comparison to her and Beyonce ALL THE TIME. You say that you’re proud of her, but yet you continue to overshadow that by making this into a competition of some sort. Kelly was just as talented, but the media has been so fixated on Beyonce for years. Way to go Kelly!

  40. Jennifer Hudson had 1st week sales of 160+k. She had a solid album, the best promo team behind her …she was performing almost everywhere and yet it took her 2 months to finally make it to gold status. What makes you think that Kelly’s gonna go gold with 76k in one month?

  41. I love her album!!! It’s a great solid album which is rare nowadays!! This is the ONLY album I’ve bought this year and it is worth the price! I only support art~

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