The Predictions Are In: Justin Timberlake Set To Top, Nelly Set To…

Published: Wednesday 2nd Oct 2013 by Sam

It appears record buyers see Justin Timberlake‘s vision. The Pop titan’s latest effort ‘The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2)’ is on course to hit #1 on the Billboard 200 next week. A fact which, no doubt, calls for celebration.

Sadly for rapper Nelly, the good fortunes of his ‘Girlfriend’ collaborator doesn’t extend to him. For, his latest LP ‘M.O’ is set to open with numbers that must be seen to be believed.

Both men’s first week predictions await after the jump…

According to Hits Daily Double, the second round of JT’s ‘Experience’ will premiere will sales of…

350,000 – 375,000

While Nelly’s ‘M.O’, which benefitted from collaborations from the likes of Pharell Williams and Nicki Minaj, is on course to debut with a paltry…

12,000 – 15,000


Beyond presenting quite the contrast, both artists’ numbers are interesting on many a front.

Though impressive given the current sales climate (as well as fact his last album was released just six months ago), something tells us Team JT were hoping for better figures. For part 1 to open with numbers in excess of 900k, the 50%+ decrease in initial buyer interest is arguably alarming, as is the so-so performance of launching singles ‘Take Back The Night’ and ‘TKO’.

Still, with a world tour fast approaching, and few other artists selling anything near, we doubt Justin or his team are that bothered.

As for Nelly, whose general longevity remains impressive, there’s no way of avoiding the obvious. Whichever way it’s diced or sliced, the numbers are a catastrophe. Luckily for him, he had and continues to have his hands in many a pot (see: endorsements, clothing/drink lines, and TV). Perhaps it’s time to focus on those more, because record buyer focus has clearly shifted  elsewhere.

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  1. The Boy Toy October 2, 2013

    Nelly is SLAYING! Your fave WISHES! 😆

    • CIARA – The Best Performer Alive October 2, 2013

      Who cares tho??? Ciara is still winning.

    • NAVY BIZNESS October 2, 2013

      In news about a relevant artist, did you all see Rihanna’s “Pour It Up” video??? Video of the year…mark my words!!!

      • Pia Ash October 2, 2013

        BET said that they will not put that video on their show. I wonder why

    • DA BRAT’S FIRST LADY October 2, 2013

      Nelly’s numbers is better than Onika’s (Nicki Minaj) number on her upcoming album.

      • channel_ROMAN October 2, 2013

        Not A RAT fan talking about album sales and albums. Is she even signed to a label?

      • SLAY ME GODNIKA (ASBEENISH) October 3, 2013

        Darling Godnikas figures haven’t been announced, but they will outsell Da Rat. *pops s****

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  2. Baldandall October 2, 2013

    Poor Nelly though damn son….

  3. Body party> any Beyonce single October 2, 2013

    Lmao @ Nelly that will be what Beyonce next album sells tbh

    • CIARA – The Best Performer Alive October 2, 2013

      Girl, I was thinking the same thing too. The BeyHIVe are pressed, and I don’t blame them. Bey’s a has-been too.

      • Rosie October 2, 2013

        If Bey’s a has-been then what is Cierror? Dead at his album already dropping out of the Billboard 200.

    • . : : h 2 o : : . October 2, 2013

      Her last album sold 2.9 million, so I don’t think so …

      Maybe C-Error though

      • CIARA – The Best Performer Alive October 2, 2013

        …and Jay-Z bought 2.8 million of them…don’t act like you don’t know.

      • Rellz October 2, 2013

        LOL. Receipts?^

    • Revolution October 2, 2013

      Are you Ciara fans serious?

    • Rellz October 2, 2013

      Awwww the Z Squad can finally laugh at someone who is flopping harder than their fav. 57k.
      Beyonce will never darling. She can sell off her name alone, hence her Tour. Ciara cant even do 60k while working like a dog.

  4. CIARA – The Best Performer Alive October 2, 2013

    Oh well…Justin is overrated anyway and Nelly is irrelevant. Watch out for Overdose to rule the world.

  5. mr.m October 2, 2013


    • Beyhive October 3, 2013

      We haven’t forgotten about christina…

  6. ♪►Muzzac◄♪ October 2, 2013

    This is why you have to make money doing stuff on the side because once your time is up there is no coming back!

  7. pat October 2, 2013

    damn…so we have to use Nelly’s sales now to shade people…Cici has finally caught a break

    • CIARA – The Best Performer Alive October 2, 2013

      Watch it, b****…don’t get DRAGGED thru this thread.

      • jake.ubb October 2, 2013

        ummm i see no lies here though tbh

      • pat October 2, 2013

        If I have to stan for anyone it would be the Queen Miss Jackson who Ciara wants to be, but never will be. Therefore, you “dragging” me would only be grandeurs of delusion.

    • . : : h 2 o : : . October 2, 2013


    • Overdose October 2, 2013

      B**** stfu

  8. jake.ubb October 2, 2013

    Whoa Nelly. Pitiful. Didn’t even know he had singles/an album out.

  9. Rosie October 2, 2013

    Mess @ the Z-Squad running in here REJOICING because someone sold less than their fave. The struggle.
    That’s what Nelly gets for making trash.

  10. jake.ubb October 2, 2013

    As for Justin Timberlake, that’s quite the drop in sales…Definitely expected at least 500k. But Take Back the Night was a terrible single choice. He should have come out swinging with “Murder” ft. Jay-Z.

  11. mother monster October 2, 2013

    Nelly you sold out now aint nobody f****** with you.

  12. Body party> any Beyonce single October 2, 2013

    Y’all mad? Does Beyonce singles even sell that much in the first week?

    • Rellz October 2, 2013

      But girl, Beyoncés most floppy single outsells Ciaras.

    • Rosie October 2, 2013

      Local Party: Still not gold
      Cedric: Nowhere to be found on the Billboard 200
      562. I’m Out (of the Charts)
      Not in top 1500: Overdose

      Kii @ you having the nerve to come for sales.

  13. Body party> any Beyonce single October 2, 2013

    Honey body party is GOLD!

    • Rosie October 2, 2013

      Local Party has been STALLED in the 200s on iTunes since July selling 1k a week. After being performed on IDK how many shows. Stop lying.

    • RICHIE_RICH October 2, 2013

      yea after half a year

      • Overdose October 2, 2013

        And after half a year you still ain’t go new bey album stay salty

      • RICHIE_RICH October 2, 2013

        Thats fine babe Beyonce don’t rush her albums. 2003, 2006, 2009, 2011. I think you’re salty cause your fav has flop 3 times in a row. Keep it cute sis.

  14. Body party> any Beyonce single October 2, 2013

    Standing on the sun, Grown Woman, Dance 4 u what are the certified?

    • SLAY_HIVE October 2, 2013

      But LOT, BTINH, CD, and RTW are!!! Including 4 which is almost teiple platinum WW ! When will I’m out or any other single from Cierror’s past 3 flop albums?

      GW and SOTS were never released…nice try though 😉

  15. Body party> any Beyonce single October 2, 2013

    @Navy is what now credited dust yet???

  16. Rellz October 2, 2013

    Im seriously staring to think these people posing as Ciara fans are just trolling. They cannot be for real.

    • Helena October 2, 2013

      It started with FAF(queen ZSquad/Barb troll), Turnup4cici, cici slays and super cisus they knew ciara stats which led me to believe they were actually stanning for her. these other people are trolls. The screen names are ridiculous

  17. ratedxxx(next broad) October 2, 2013

    the only album that I liked from JT was FutureSex/LoveSounds

    other than that, nah I’ll pass…

    • stephy the lambily October 2, 2013


  18. Body party> any Beyonce single October 2, 2013

    Can this Rosie B**** stfu

    • Rosie October 2, 2013

      Mad because I spilled the receipts on your troll ass?

  19. Overdose October 2, 2013

    Foreshadowing Rihanna next first week sales 16k kiiiiii

  20. Overdose October 2, 2013

    Proud of JT hes slaying thesw dudes

  21. Helena October 2, 2013

    Hype. JT hasn’t delivered since FSLS tbh!

  22. RICHIE_RICH October 2, 2013

    Rihanna has become the latest casualty in NBC cable boss Bonnie Hammer’s decision to scrap the Style network. The end of the network has already resulted in eliminations of some staffers who can’t find other positions within the company.

    Style was taken over by Esquire during a reorganization plan by Hammer, because the channel was “redundant” with its programming that was similar to Bravo, E! and Oxygen, all of which fall under the NBC umbrella. Style’s bigwigs had been planning for RiRi’s show to boost Sunday night’s ratings, a prime night for the former network.

    Instead, Style — known for reality shows like “Jerseylicious” and “Giuliana and Bill” — was yanked at the 11th hour as RiRi’s “Styled to Rock” was scheduled to air.

    When execs screened the singer’s reality competition series, it did not live up to expectations, according to one insider. It now has been dumped to Friday at 8 p.m. on Bravo, a historically low-rated slot. The show will debut Oct. 25 and features 12 up-and-coming designers picked by the singer and a slew of celebrity guest — including Miley Cyrus, Carly Rae Jepsen, Khloe Kardashian and Kylie Minogue — whose appearances obviously did not help the struggling series get a better time slot.

    “Rihanna’s camp is pissed,” a Style network source tells us. “From promises to be a huge star on Style to a terrible time slot on Bravo. Ouch. The last original program to get that slot was “Platinum Hit” in 2011, which ran for five weeks.”

    “Platinum Hit” was also a reality competition, featuring songwriters composing and performing songs.

    As for the other hits on the now-defunct network, “Giuliana and Bill,” which averages 700,000 viewers per episode, will be moved to E!, where Giuliana Rancic is a popular host. Style’s hit “Tia & Tamera” will also move to E! in mid-October. “Jerseylicious,” which was scheduled to air this Sunday, has yet to find a home, even though Bravo airs reruns of the series.

    There also has been a shakeup in the senior management team for both Bravo and Oxygen. In an internal email, changes were announced to appoint Oxygen’s Rod Aissa, senior vice president of development and production; Bravo’s Andy Cohen, executive vice president of development and talent, and Bravo’s Ellen Stone, executive vice president of marketing for both Bravo and Oxygen.

    • Molly October 2, 2013

      Lmao s*** gon get canceled after 2 weeks

  23. Molly October 2, 2013

    Seriously surprised Rosie hasn’t committed suicide yet from listening to all that dull and depressing music from Lana the devil

    • Rosie October 2, 2013

      Like your fave’s career. Has Cierror even sold 125k yet?

      • Molly October 2, 2013

        Has Lana learned how to hold a note yet?

  24. Molly October 2, 2013

    Didn’t even know Nelly had a album out.

  25. Suicide Blonde October 2, 2013

    Justin’s sales from ‘The 20/20 Experience’ were due to the fact that he didn’t release an album since 2006, these sales, sees him adjusted to the climatic conditions in which is the music industry right now, i want to see Beyonce, Gaga, Rihanna or anyone else, releasing two albums the same year with first week sales of over a million copies, impossible, he will probably debut at #1 too, which is another record, two #1 albums in less than 8 months and it will probably go platinum as well, that’s an ELVIS thing. Badass.


    mark my words fraudyonce will not sale pass nelly on her next album.

    • Marley October 2, 2013

      Sale? Back to school you go…

  27. I am above U October 2, 2013

    Ciara finally has the chance to say she slayed someone..Thanks Nelly

  28. christinastherealtalent October 2, 2013

    I love Nelly and a huge fan of his and I didn’t find out till yesterday that he had a new album coming out.

  29. B****** ARE A MESS October 2, 2013

    Beyonce next album will do less than j.t second album this year, but double nelly album.

    • Dirty Laundry October 2, 2013

      Someones been thinking too hard

    • branded October 2, 2013

      which will still slay rihflop/h***** in the mouth flop lip syncer lmfao #fail try again.

  30. Dirty Laundry October 2, 2013

    Beyonce has better first week sales than Rihanna tbh. So if anyones closer to that its her.

    • Molly October 2, 2013

      Kelly fans cant talk considering Kelly doesn’t have a platinum album in America #YourDismissed

      • Dirty Laundry October 2, 2013

        She still sold more than Ciara with less promo

  31. I am above U October 2, 2013

    The only thing Lame dirt rey will be slaying is a bottle of hard liquor f****** drunk tramp

    • Rosie October 2, 2013

      The irony of a Cierror stan calling someone a tramp when Cierror is the second rap industry s*** after Rihfund.
      5 million sold worldwide off her major label debut. Cierror will never.

  32. B****** ARE A MESS October 2, 2013

    Someone has been exposed @ I AM ABOVE U & SO WHAT B****!!!!

    • Dirty Laundry October 2, 2013

      Its probably you too

      • B****** ARE A MESS October 2, 2013

        Ha! funny

  33. Lovebird (Prism – 10.22.13) October 2, 2013

    Not bothered by JT because I didn’t buy the album and it’ll remain that way.

    Nelly should just hook up with Ciara, they’ve got something in common. OK but for a rap album, those sales are depressing.

  34. eric October 2, 2013

    The difference between Nelly and Justin is that the latter is easy to follow. You know what each single is, when it’s coming out, when to look for the supporting videos, and an album release date is always attached to that information. Nelly has no direction. He experiments between country and hip-hop and fans don’t know what to expect or when to expect it. That’s not a formula for success. It just leaves people lost and confused, and as a result they stop paying attention.

    • Perry Power October 2, 2013

      Not only that, but his music is terrible.

  35. JOHNVIDAL October 2, 2013

    It was obvious there was too much hype around Justin´s first album. I thought this second part was going to sell less than part one, it was obvious and it´s normal, but still around 500,000 copies or more. I don´t know. These figures seem low now. To be honest people have not been interested in his singles this year except for Mirrors.
    I still have not listened to the second album so I don´t have an opinion about the music.
    About Nelly: not that I´m interested in him… but who the hell knew he was releasing something? I didn´t.

  36. realtalk October 2, 2013

    Well I believe and think that when Beyoncé do release her first single for her 5th album the single itself will probably sell at least 1 million copies before the release of the album and that could probably put the album sales at maybe 700-1 million copies first week because it is highly anticipated. This next album will be the first for her to sell at least or almost 1 million copies in its first week and also the album not being leak.

  37. Biting Truth October 2, 2013

    350-370k is a good number. These days most albums are debuting with under 250k first week. This is JT’s second album in six months, and unlike before he’s been virtually MIA with the promotion. It’s been over a month since the VMA’s and his only other televised appearance was Ellen. For him to get these kind of numbers under the circumstances is phenomenal actually. JT continues to win. 2013 belonged to him.

    • UMo October 3, 2013

      Pretty much, this. Some are hustling for a year doing the most to not even get 100k first week, and others only narrowly passing it. Justin getting 350k+ first week for an album of leftover tracks he’s barely promoting (just months after releasing another album) is a testament to his power. So the cynical and condescending remarks are a #fail. Too many so-called pop stars of today can only dream of 350k.

  38. Mark111 October 2, 2013

    I thought I seen 120, 000 and 150, 000 on Nelly’s, then I notice a zero was missing. Damn hommie, in high school you was the man hommie.

    As for JT, those are great numbers for a whack ass B side album.

  39. Perry Power October 2, 2013

    Nelly had an album out? Justins sales were predictable. The 20/20 Experience had too much hype, he was a fool to release part two so quickly. Its too much too soon. I think the GP has had enough for now, even though he killed it at the VMAs. Take Back the Night is a terrible choice as a single too. Part 2 will still probably go platinum but it would’ve sold more if he waited awhile.

  40. MISHKA October 2, 2013

    They are both so noughties…

    At least Justin T has been able to expand his resume by getting movie parts, by hosting SNL 5 times, and probably taaking the Superbowl one day..

    On the other hand Nelly is just Nelly but without the band aid and the country grammar. People still got love for Nelly but he just doesn’t stand out anymore when he raps, even on Real Husbands of Hollywood, his personnality doesn’t stand out at all. Nelly needs to take some acting classes and turn his mojo back on like LL Cool J.

    Remember when Nelly hooped on Nsync’s Girlfriend remix? Still a banger till this day:

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