Nicki Minaj Covers RollingStone + Makes Top 10 Debut


Hip-Pop diva Nicki Minaj has a lot to celebrate these days. She’s covering the latest issue of RollingStone, she’s been named the new face of Roberto Cavalli and her third solo album, “Pinkprint,” has debuted pretty highly on Billboard’s albums chart.

First up of course is Nicki’s RollingStone cover which surfaced online yesterday. The low-key cover features hip-hop’s leading lady sporting an even lower cut t-shirt and a look that says “Hey, look at my… eyes.”
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‘Ciara’ Album First Week Sales


Despite a promo campaign that has included almost ten performances and the release or preview of five new videos in the past week alone, Ciara’s fifth solo album, the self-titled ‘Ciara,’ will still not move very many units during its first full week of release.

According to first day sales reports from HDD, Ciara will sell between 55-65 thousand copies of her latest opus. Numbers that have to be disappointing to both the singer and her label

Like Kelly Rowland before her, Ciara’s album leaked weeks in advance of its release and was quickly downloaded by fans and non-fans alike. To date, one notorious spot for illegally acquired music has shown Ciara’s new album to have been downloaded over 200,000 times.

Ciara’s promo for her new project however continues throughout the week with her co-hosting duties on BET’s 106 & Park. CiCi also stopped by Live with Michael & Kelly to perform her ‘Body Party’ single.

Naturally, the early morning performance was a bit more PG rated than other performances, but it’s still worth a peek. Loving the live vocals.

Kelly Rowland Signs Copies of ‘Talk a Good Game’

Kelly Rowland Signs Copies Of The New Album "Talk A Good Game"

Singer Kelly Rowland was all smiles last night as she signed copies of her ‘Talk a Good Game’ album at the Best Buy store in Union Square.

About 2,000 fans reportedly lined up in the rain to meet the singer, who reportedly also performed a few tracks from the album.

Kelly keeps the promo going, appearing on Good Morning America later on today, where she will also premiere the video for her new single ‘Dirty Laundry.’

Kelly’s ‘Talk a Good Game’ officially went on sale yesterday and is the 4th best-selling album on iTunes. Early estimates have the CD selling between 100-120k 60-65k in its first week.

Whitney Hosuton To Debut At #1

Whitney Houston Whitney Houston has a lot to smile about. According to Hits Daily Double the singer’s new album “I Look To You”, is on schedule to sell anywhere from 250,000 to 275,000 copies. This will be Whitney’s highest debut ever and I believe her third album to debut at #1. A lot of people wrote Whitney Houston off but the singer has definitely proven that she is still a viable force to be reckoned with in the music industry. If Whitney can now follow up these great first weeks sales with great live performances (GMA & Oprah), I think there will be no stopping her.

Read about all of next week’s movers and shakers below…

“I Look to You Looks Like 250-275k, As Second Release Day Matches First, Cyrus Next

September 2, 2009

Whitney Houston’s comeback is complete.

Her Arista/RMG album, I Look to You, taking advantage of its Monday release date to be eligible for this year’s Grammys, will debut at #1, with a robust sales figure of 250-275k.

That’s based on two-day sales reports from those among our crack group of retail reporters who haven’t yet paved paradise and put up a parking lot. Her second day, Tuesday, which would have been the normal release date, proved every bit as busy as the first.

Miley Cyrus’ seven-song Wal-Mart exclusive, The Time of Our Lives, which leaked before street date to the tune of 60k+, debuting at #2 on this week’s chart and foreclosing an expected diva duel, will nevertheless remain the runner-up, with a total between 140-150k for the Hollywood Records release.

Atlantic R&B star and former Grammy nominee Trey Songz’ Ready is up next at between 100-115k.

Other expected chart debuts include Epic’s Chevelle (35-40k), Polo Grounds/J/RMG’s Pitbull (30-35k), Silver Arrow’s the Black Crowes (30-35k), Reprise’s The Used (25-30k) and Verve Forecast’s John Fogerty with his Blue Ridge Rangers album (12-15k).

The market was up 2% vs. last week, down 19% vs. same week last year and still down 15% year to date.

In other news, John Slattery’s black-faced rendition of “My Old Kentucky Home” as ad agency chief Roger Sterling from last week’s episode of Mad Men is not the #1 download on iTunes. But it should be.”


Janet Jackson Likes Being On Top

Janet Jackson After a 30+ year career in the entertainment industry and a 20+ year career on top of the music charts- Janet Jackson shows no signs of giving up her position. Hits Daily Double guesstimates that Janet’s new CD, “Discipline” sold about 180,000 copies- enough to put it in the #1 position on this week’s Billboard chart. Janet didn’t start promoting her new CD until last week when she performed on Good Morning America and MTV’s TRL, which makes her sales even more impressive. Look for Janet to keep up the heavy promoting this week as well. Janet appeared on the Tyra Banks show earlier today and is scheduled to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live later on tonight.
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