The Numbers Game: Crisis

Even though I do a column every week that talks about album sales, I’ll be the first to admit that sales don’t equal good music. I also will be the first to point out that in terms of sales, most the music industry is in bad shape. But GLC not being able to sell over 300 copies of his debut album Love, Life & Loyalty is terrible. This is the same guy who was on Kanye’s “Drive Slow” & “Spaceship”. I understand he’s no longer with G.O.O.D. Music (He left to signed with EMI Records in 2006) but I thought that he’d a least get support from Chi-Town to a push a 1,000 units. I guess having Bun B, T-Pain, John Legend, & Kanye West on your album doesn’t even help anymore. Keep your head up Gangsta L. Crisis, I seen the same thing happen to Really Doe.

#5 Lil’ Wayne/I Am Not A Human Being (Last Week: #11) – 64,500; Total: 323,200 [4 Weeks]
#8 Eminem/Recovery (Last Week: #5) – 42,600; Total: 2,861,000 (2X Platinum) [18 Weeks]
#17 Trey Songz/Passion, Pain & Pleasure (Last Week: #13) – 22,500; Total: 429,600 [6 Weeks]
#24 Bruno Mars/Doo-Wops & Hooligans (Last Week: #12) – 27,400; Total: 99,300 [3 Weeks]
#33 John Legends & The Roots/Wake Up! (Last Week: #27) – 12,100; Total: 139,200 [5 Weeks]
#34 Waka Flocka Flame/Flockaveli (Last Week: #21) – 11,700; Total: 67,200 [3 Weeks]
#43 Drake/Thank Me Later (Last Week: #34) – 9,700; Total: 1,133,400 (Platinum) [19 Weeks]
#46 Fantasia/Back To Me (Last Week: #36) – 9,400; Total: 282,000 [9 Weeks]
#47 Rick Ross/Teflon Don (Last Week: #44) – 9,200; Total: 443,100 [14 Weeks]
#NA Nottz/You Need This Music (Last Week: NA) – 382; Total: NA [Debut]
#NA GLC/Love, Life & Loyalty (Last Week: NA) – 269; Total: NA [Debut]

  • P

    Jesus Christ this makes selling a couple thousand for undeground artists look like going platinum RT. Chi-Town obviously doesnt support their peoples

  • boricua

    This trend ha sbeen happening for awile now

    It’s only going to get worse and worse

    Pretty soon everything will be digital, idk if that’s a good thing or a bad thing yet though

  • saule wright

    I think it’s time for artists / labels to rethink how they do business forreal. Drop the costs of albums, cut producers in on concert sales, start selling merch and if you go by Weezy’s example, give more away, then you benefit when the album drops. They all record about 24 songs and use 11 or 12, give the throwaways away.

    Check what Ne-Yo has to say about the current “biz” http://soulections.com/2010/10/ripped-from-twitter-ne-yo-talks-about-his-leaked-album/

  • P-Body

    Damn GLC… I feel bad for dude. He should have just handed out them CDs for real. This is horrible big time and I know sales don’t mean everything but people really don’t realize how much work & time is being put in to master, edit, and engineer the music for the albums. Even though a lot of hip hop albums mixing & mastering isn’t the best! (Trust me I know I use to do a little engineering myself, Michael Jackson had one of the best mixing and engineering ever) Yet it is still work though and people like that aren’t making no type of money back.

  • JuiceHustlin

    Maybe it was due to bad promoting for the album, this is my first time hearing about the album. I understand the music industry is in the rutts. But he needs to seriously consider changing is market strategies. Good music doesn’t just sell like the old days, you have to get people on your jock and wanting to be like you, to have your album to sell. It sucks, but hey, it is what it is.

  • Damn son. I expected GLC to be in the thousands. Then again it really didn’t get any promotion. People can’t buy something that’s not their.

    • -If they don’t know it’s there.
      (Kinda sleepy)

  • Kev

    Man those numbers are downright terrible haha

    I guess the kids just dont like a little GLC *kanye shrug*

  • Soulja Slime

    Nigga…I sold more albums than that nigga…and I’m INDEPENDENT!

    • P

      LMAO I could sell more albums out my trunk lol