David D. may have preached the hostile gospel a week ago, but when you mix loyalists, lobbyists, and Lupe together, surprisingly, you won’t come up with a “L”. The album fans petitioned for and blew their bank accounts to help get into stores after Atlantic Records repeatedly treated Brother Fiasco like a chump is taking the gold medal in next week’s sales challenge. Food & Liquor and The Cool are much better albums, you say? Balderdash in a bucket of Harold’s sauce! This is The Lupester’s highest debut on the charts for a LP.
Some industry prognosticators suggest the set — if all goes well — could shift even as much as 240,000 by week’s end on Sunday, March 13. Any way you slice it, even if it comes in under 200,000, it will still beat out his previous high, when “The Cool” started at No. 15 with 143,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan at the very end of 2007. [Billboard]
That’s right. After all the hubbub and hoopla, including the admittance of the album being sloppily created, Lasers is “beamin'” better than ever. It even beat out Raekwon’s latest endeavor, Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang, which is the anticipated follow-up to his buzzworthy OB4CL2. While the verdict is still pending for the album’s actual quality (review forthcoming), is this a case of all press being good press?
With none of the actual singles charting relatively well, did Lupe’s highly publicized embattled relationship with his record label make people tune in to see just what all the fuss was about?
Well, you can too—on iTunes if you so dare.