XXL Predicts Wale’s First-Week Sales Figures

Wale’s sophomore album, Ambition, hit stores yesterday (November 1) with a bang. With this being the first release for the D.C.-native since signing with Rick Ross’s Maybach Music, the pressure is on. Mr. Folarin, himself, was holding himself to a higher standard with this one. He told XXLMag.com back in August, he wants to be the first Freshman to release a classic.

“None of us have been able to create a critically acclaimed album so to speak,” Wale said. “That was my goal to try to do that. I ain’t really into selling because I’m doing pretty good. I got records on the radio for the first time in my career.”

The MMG rep secured a XL rating from us just yesterday, but that doesn’t necceasarily equate to first-week sales.

The XXL staff weighed in with their projections

Vanessa Satten – 99,000

Jayson Rodriguez – 75,000

Carl Chery – 56,000

Adam Fleischer – 176,000

Amber McKynzie – 177,000

Jesse Gissen – 50,000

Mark Lelinwalla – 90,000

Samtubia Edwards – 55,000

Mariel Concepcion – 60,000

Ralph Bristout – 85,000

Shaheem Reid – 125,000

Give your predictions in the comments section.

  • YaBoy

    He’s going double aluminum. Gonna do AD numbers – 40K

  • trenton watts

    Out in Moco his hometown he will do numbers, out in Dc real niggas that he doesn’t know aint rocking with him like that (fact). Baltimore n!ggas will push his head of his shoulders. he will sell around 70-87 thousand.

    • swaagON

      man. niggas dnt buy music. white ppl do. (fact). he’ll sell at least 100,000+

      • J.Hill

        understand, sales dont come from the people in the hood or the peeps that actually listen to the radio. The dedicated fans ( myself) will copp it first week and the anglos (white college kids)

  • jimmyjam33

    lupe fiasco was a freshamn and he made two critically acclaimed albums. kendricks section 8-, i never saw a bad review for tht either. this dude is so regular and theres something about him i just dnt like.

  • Jav

    Samtubia Edwards – 55,000
    Mariel Concepcion – 60,000
    Jayson Rodriguez – 75,000
    Carl Chery – 56,000
    Jesse Gissen – 50,000

    Fire these idiot who obviously are music and media savvy enough to work for XXL.

    Wale will do 130,000+

    Currently has 3 songs on the billboard Top 100 1,200,000 twitter followers..the #ambition and #ambitiousgirl movement a current tour..#1 on itunes. IDIOTS IDIOTS IDIOTS IDIOTS

  • Jav

    Samtubia Edwards – 55,000
    Mariel Concepcion – 60,000
    Jayson Rodriguez – 75,000
    Carl Chery – 56,000
    Jesse Gissen – 50,000

    Fire these idiots who obviously arent music and media savvy enough to work for XXL.

    Wale will do 130,000+

    Currently has 3 songs on the billboard Top 100 1,200,000 twitter followers..the #ambition and #ambitiousgirl movement a current tour..#1 on itunes. IDIOTS IDIOTS IDIOTS IDIOTS

    • Mr. 306

      Yeah no he’ll do 45k or I’ll kill myself. those XXLers got it right

      • Soyuz

        So I supposed that you’re dead now?

  • billboard

    like 130,000 – 150,000

    #1 album in country

  • that1guy

    It’s ridiculous how much he’s conformed since signing with mmg. Most Ross albums don’t do that well, and the selfmade album didn’t either. He’s lost a huge fan in me, but I’m sure this over hyped album will go anywhere from 45’000-110’000.

  • Detroit Dave

    I hope he does well, but I aint buying any rapper’s cd until Big KRIT or Nas drops.

  • g4

    y’all are sleeping.wale’s album is number one on iTunes ahead of albums of platinum selling artists such as justin bieber,miranda lambert and florence+machine who all released on 11.1.11. He is gonna do above 200,000 first week and don’t forget before iTunes started the pre-order of the album, Ralphfolarin.com was already doing pre-orders for the album and selling it with shirts and wristbands. Also yesterday,ambition was sold out in major cities in the nation like dallas and dc. lastly ,its a classic album,listen for yourself!

  • In Your Fucking Face

    If He Doesn’t Do Cole Numbers Or Close Its A Failure
    175-210k

  • a

    Hits daily double has his sales projections at 170-190K, so almost ALL of y’all r wrong

  • Tru Talk

    he will do way less then he deserves….. 80,000… deserves 200,000

  • Hip hop

    “he wants to be the first Freshman to release a classic”

    I guess this fool never heard ReturnOf4eva

  • Cudi

    140-150k ..would have been more if he featured Kione

  • teddy

    triple wood

  • dre

    195,000-200,000 if the store or record label dont under value him… think his last album would of done very well if they under shipped… I remember Best Buy only receive 10 n this was in the DMV area.

  • yeah trick

    wale has just released a classic album that will do numbers 130-200k

  • Mahmoud

    He’s gonna hit the J A C K P O T!!!

  • http://flawlesstracks.net Tone P Wale Producer

    he did 163k first week sales on Ambition. We are #winning