It was reported this week that novelty rapper Kreayshawn’s debut, Somethin’ ‘Bout Kreay, set the unwanted record “for the lowest first week sales by an artist signed to a major record label.” Yes, even lower than Baha Men’s Doong Spank, Crazy Town’s Darkhorse, AND Puddle of Mudd’s Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love & Hate. (I’ll never forget the time I made it to second base while “Blood on the Table” was playing…I haven’t made it any further since.) Well, as much as we wanted it to be true (and 3,900 units sold is comically low), it’s not.
Reports LA Weekly:
Soulja Boy’s 13,360 first week for The DeAndre Way wasn’t a particularly strong, [but] it’s not even as bad as Interscope labelmate Nelly Furtado’s The Spirit Indestructible, which sold a mere 5,371 units earlier this month. But the artist who bricked the hardest? Let us tell you about a young man named Jesse Camp. (Via)
Yep, THE Jesse Camp, who won MTV’s inaugural Wanna Be a VJ contest in 1998 over Step Brothers-special-features-facts-giver Dave Holmes. He looked like this:
Why, yes, he was a drug addict (and Kreayshawn’s style icon?), to the point that in 2008, “TMZ taped him arranging to buy two eight-balls of cocaine outside a party for the finale of Total Request Live.” Point is, he was more of a disaster as a human than Ben Wyatt, so naturally he released an album in 1999.
After a year on the air, he secured an album deal with Hollywood Records for his band Jesse & The 8th Street Kidz.
Their self-titled album — which somehow featured Stevie Nicks — came out on May 25th, 1999, and it made the day’s other new releases, by folks including the Insane Clown Posse, Slick Rick and Jordan Knight, look like monster hits. Jesse & The 8th Street Kidz sold a whopping 2,600 copies, failing even to crack the Billboard 200. (Via)
But Kreayshawn and Jesse Camp should sleep easy knowing that if Nina Blackwood had released an album called Boyz In the Wood, THAT would have been the worst-selling debut ever.