Embattled Rap star Tory Lanez, who is currently embroiled in scandal due to an arrest for gun possession and allegedly shooting fellow rapper Megan Thee Stallion in both feet (click here to read more), had remained surprisingly mum in the two months that followed the July incident despite widespread criticism.
His answer to weeks of calls for an official response came via a surprise album, the self-titled ‘Daystar’ (released September 25). Via tracks found on the effort, the 28-year-old not only proclaimed his innocence but also clapped back at a number of artists who opted to support Stallion instead of him.
Initially predicted to move up to 50,000 units its first-week (as we reported here), the new album not only failed to meet industry analysts’ lowest predictions for its opening commercial performance but also comes as his lowest first-week sales to date (among studio albums).
Tory Lanez’ ‘Daystar’
First Week Sales (SPS): 36,000
First Week Sales (Pure): 2,000
First Week Billboard 200 Placement: #10
Overall, ‘Daystar’ – his first release on an independent imprint – may be accompanied by the lowest first-week figures to date among his LPs but its #10 premiere keeps his career record in tact.
Lanez now boasts six consecutive top 10 debuts (among all studio albums, official EPs, and commercial mixtapes) to his credit as ‘Daystar’ follows April 2020’s ‘The New Toronto 3,’ which premiered at #2 on the Billboard 200.