Predictions Are In: Eminem’s ‘Revival’ Tops, N.E.R.D.’s Comeback Album Flops

Published: Saturday 16th Dec 2017 by Rashad

Who’s well on his way to earning his 7th consecutive #1 album?  Eminem, that’s who.

The Grammy-winning rap superstar, whose last opus – ‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2’ – topped the charts in 2013 sent fans into a frenzy earlier this year when he unexpectedly announced the arrival of ‘Revival,’ his latest set (released December 15th).  Although boasting an all-star list of collaborators including the likes of P!nk, Alicia Keys, and more, this studio effort (unlike the seven before it) was not preceded to chart battle by an out-of-the-box hit as its lead single – the Beyonce-assisted ‘Walk on Water’ – quickly sank on charts.

However, if the predicted sales of the tune’s parent project are any indication, ‘Water’s nonperformance didn’t hinder its ability to sail right onto the top of the Billboard 200.  Look inside to see just how many its expected to move by the end of its tracking week next Friday:

Eminem’s ‘Revival’ Predicted First Week Sales

SPS:  280-300,000

Pure: 190-210,000

Predicted Chart Placement:  #1

If the reads above prove true, Em – though scoring his lowest first full week sales since his 1999 major label debut (‘The Slim Shady LP’) – will lead a hip-hop heavy race for the chart’s summit.  See how his competitors are expected to fare [source]:

G-Eazy (BPG/Revels Group/RCA) 135-155k, 85-95k
Jeezy (Def Jam) 55-65k, 35-40k
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Walt Disney) 38-44k, 36-40k
N.E.R.D. (N.E.R.D./Columbia) 16-21k, 9-12k

Like Slim Shady, N.E.R.D. took an extensive break before surprising fans with a return single featuring one of Urban music’s leading ladies (see:  Rihanna & ‘Lemon’).  Unfortunately, also like Em, not even that star’s mega-pull could lift the tune to hitmaking heights as – to date – ‘Lemon’ has stalled at #60 on the Hot 100.

The result of that non-performance is reflected in the tune parent album’s, ‘No One Really Dies,’ first week sales (seen above) as the LP is set to be D.O.A.

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  1. mr.m December 16, 2017

    both are flops

  2. Marcel December 16, 2017

    Whew! Doesn’t M&M usually sell over 700K first week on each album
    Was expecting atleast 500K especially after the Donald Trump diss hype and the fact that this album one of 2017s highly anticipated albums

    • Whoops December 16, 2017

      Nah. The Trump diss would’ve lost him support.

  3. Stephy December 16, 2017

    Feminem losing more and more psychopath white male support.

    • TAMMAH December 16, 2017


      • Faf December 16, 2017

        Not psychopath white males

  4. Whoops December 16, 2017

    Pharrell’s music in general has just been getting worse and worse to me.

  5. JOHNVIDAL December 16, 2017

    Wow only 200k real sales? I really thought his fans were going to support him like THAT forever. Seems like even someone with so many hardcore stans ends losing the commercial steam sooner or later (way later in this case I must say).
    So has he surpassed Mariah Carey´s album sales then? (Seeing how his are now declining he will never achieve that if he has not done it already?) I´m curious to know.

    • XYZ December 16, 2017

      Maybe not in total. But how much did her last album sold again? 60 k first week?

      • JOHNVIDAL December 17, 2017

        XYZ Bish please he has had more than enough time and amount of releases to outdo her in total. Too much for this joke of a man ending her or being bigger 🙂 And I´m not even addressing worldwide.

    • Bam December 16, 2017

      Well he did just tell a good portion of his fans ‘F you’ if they voted for trump.

    • Jasmine December 17, 2017

      I agree. However, I doubt he ever stood a chance at beating Mariah’s sales. Her Daydream and Music Box albums alone sold many many millions of copies.

  6. Fancy BISH December 16, 2017

    Emineesha should have released the Edneesha single first, but his Trump supporting fans still said hell to the naw anyways lol…Honey Boo Boo purchased G-Eazy instead! Honey Boo Boo was in Walmart like, “MAMA, dis one got Cardi on it!” lol

  7. Belladonna December 16, 2017

    Why don’t Men get dragged for low sales? 300k equivalent that’s horrible for him. he is one of the biggest stars on the planet & that’s all he could do? If that was Taylor she would have been dragged for life. Taylor did 1million first week sales 4 times & people still try her but he does this & not a word from TGJ? Ok lol Taylor’s Reputation album, the #MeTo Movement & Star Wars The Last Jedi are the biggest things of 2017 fact!

    • Fancy BISH December 16, 2017

      Everybody knows this is a FLOP through and through! lol, Trump might actually tweet about it!

    • Your Mother December 16, 2017

      A stupid comparison. Eminem is in his 40’s and has been around since the 90’s of course he is losing steam. Taylor is young and has not been around as long as Em. 20 years from now Taylor will be flopping as well.

      • Electrikblue December 16, 2017

        She’s gonna be a thing in 20yrs?

      • Belladonna December 16, 2017

        Mariah came out with The emancipation of Mimi long in to her career & had the biggest album of the year. No excuses for him to drop from doing 700k to 200 pure sales.

    • Jasmine December 17, 2017

      Compare Taylor to Eminem when Taylor is in her 40s. If you compare a 25 year old Taylor to a 25 year old Eminem he got her beat in every way.

      • CN December 19, 2017

        Eminem wasn’t selling anything when he was 25…

  8. Gee December 16, 2017

    Eminem should be able to do those first week sales numbers without having to sweat or blink. The caliber artist that Eminem is considered to be and being that usually goes at least gold right out of the gate these numbers would be considered subpar or as the industry would say a flop.

  9. ??? December 16, 2017

    lol what about k michelle? lol

  10. Fenty88 December 17, 2017

    I love him but I think is getting harder to sell albums and also ppl saying them numbers low well is not the artist it’s the fans to buy not him that goes for any artist he still one of the greatest so that’s all I mean now artist getting hot for like 1 to 2 yrs

  11. Liam December 17, 2017

    Well NERD were never big openers when it comes to sales but they will be fine….kudos to Eminem i like the album

    • kristina December 18, 2017

      I was just getting ready to say that. They’ve never been a group that’s come out the gate with big numbers. Anything they’ve ever released felt like it was for the people that liked their stuff and not for selling massive units. Oh well, I like the album.

  12. Meme December 17, 2017

    Not sure how 300k a flop in this climate but I get that he’s normally a huge seller.

    Also big up to G Easy with those solid numbers. If he released a different week would have been number #1.

    Also shout to Jeezy. Come back with decent numbers too. Again, thinking of the climate.

  13. James December 17, 2017

    300k sales for a rap album in 2017 is pretty impressive. Especially after potentially alienating half of his fan base, this is a good stroke of success for Em. As he said, back when people still actually bought albums, “If I was black I would’ve sold half.” His latest anti-trump, and pro-BLM tirades have essentially put him on that trajectory. I applied him for standing up for what he believes in… Even if it means losing support. For what it’s worth… For anyone who’s listened. This album is his best work since 2004. Lyrically and musically its his best work ever. He’s able to prove that he is still the best rapper in the world, maybe ever… All while pressing a political message and exercising his personal demons. “Revival” is Eminem at his best.

    • James December 17, 2017

      *applaud (dang you, autocorrect!)

  14. DanYiel Iman December 18, 2017

    Didn’t purchase either album neither are my taste!! ??‍♂️

  15. CN December 19, 2017

    So Eminem is going Katy Perry right now because he tried and failed to be woke. It’s so funny that people were once saying TSwift’s political silence was going to cost her sales. :'( Bye Em, Bye Katy… I guess that leaves Bey, Rih, Bruno and Swift as my favorites. Lemonade, Anti, 24K and Reputation were all great… Witness and Revival are crap.

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