Five years may have separated fans of Janelle Monae from a studio album, but that wait came to an end on April 27th thanks to ‘Dirty Computer.’ Preceded by the critically acclaimed cuts ‘I Like That,’ ‘Make Me Feel,’ ‘Django Jane,’ ‘Pynk,’ and a short film, ‘Computer’ comes as the eclectic singer’s first project to be completely devoid of the “Cindy Mayweather” narrative.
Applauded for its brazen subject matter – namely songs that circulate around sexual freedom and feminism – promotion of the effort also saw Monae make headlines for officially “coming out of the closet” as pansexual (click here to read more). Yet, while the artist found her name listed atop a number of talking points on social media and news media, ‘Computer’s content – given all its critical fanfare – has not exactly seen that recognition mirrored commercially. Among the set’s singles, ‘Feel’ is the only one to crack the Hot 100 and, as of time reported, has peaked at #99.
Curious to know if the nonperformance of its leading trio of tunes had any bearing on the LP’s anticipated first week commercial showing? Look inside to see:
Janelle Monae (‘Dirty Computer’)
Predicted Sales (SPS): 37,000-42,000
Predicted pure sales: 30,000-35,000
With figures in line with most of today’s top Urban offerings, if they ring true the numbers above will render Monae’s second-best first week sales (2013’s ‘Electric Lady’ shifted 47,000 units its inaugural week).