Jay-Z’s BP3 Projected to Sell 300-350K in First Week Sales

Jay-Z is on track to get his eleventh no. 1 album according to industry insider Hits Daily Double.

After the site has tabulated their one-day sales figures they have projected Hov’s latest project, The Blueprint 3, to sell anywhere between 300,000 to 350,000 in its first week. Originally set to be released on Friday, September 11, the anniversary of his first Blueprint album, the disc was moved up after it leaked prematurely on the internet.

Also set to make a big debut on The Billboard 200 next week is Wu-Tang standout Raekwon. The Chef’s follow up to 1995’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, is projected to move around 55-60,000 CDs. OB4CL2 currently holds the no. 1 spot on the iTunes’ Top Albums list.

Stay tuned to XXLMag.com next Wednesday, September 16 as the official Nielsen SoundScan numbers are released. –Max G

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  • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

    More impressed with Rae’s projection…

    • Pee scholar

      I promise you jay will do more than that……

      • yoprince

        I know one thing… every whip is bumpin that shit..

        I swear everybody got “On to the Next one” and “empire state of mind” on repeat.

    • makaveli 1671

      Jay-z dropped some real heat & in return what does he get? REAL HATE!….Blueprint 3 make EM WAYNE DRAKE & all these other rappers look seriously sub par…..the wackest shit on the cd was the drake & the jeezy shit….didnt really care for the venus vs mars shit but it’s tolerable….Other than that hands down album of the year….the empire state of mind shit is sick & the thank you & the on to the next shit is as well…stop hating on Jay & give the man credit damn!



    • joe p

      cuban linx 2 is better … i think should be album of the year .. either that or relapse

  • HollyHood

    The music industry is real fucked up when Hov doesn’t go gold his 1st week. 1st Em struggles to go 2x platinum now this. The BP3 is actually a good album, not great but good. Better than the Carter 3,2 or 1.

    • yoprince

      BP3 is decent…

      you’re wildin though. A Millie and Lollipop alone make Carter 3 >> BP3

      • Silly Chilly Willy

        @ yoprince

        I agree with you most of the time, so it’s all good. But you should hate yourself just for thinking that shit. Seriously.

      • ty

        lollipop was ghey!!!!

      • jamaal

        yoprince should be hung for saying lollipop or amille is better bp3 carter 3 was ass and overrated.

    • Enlightened

      First Em struggles to go 2x platinum?

      What sales figures you been readin’?

      He barely tipped over platinum. That shit ain’t going double platinum.

      If it do, it’ll be in about 5 years on some ol’ Illmatic type (going 1x platinum) shit

      • http://myspace.com/federalranga Federal Ranga

        Enlightened, my nigga… I know you know better than to say that…

        Em’s sitting a little under 1.5 milli now!!! I’ll before Valentine’s Day [||], he’ll get that 2x plat…

        Anyways… we all know Jay’s shit will do higher numbers than Rae’s shit. But I’ll probably check out OB4CL2 regardless…

        E9 featuring Curtis75Black up!!!

        New Freestyles


        • 619

          “before Valentine’s Day”^^^^^^
          hahahahaha! Sound like a female.

        • http://myspace.com/federalranga Federal Ranga

          I would’ve said by Christmas, but even I think that’s pushing it….

          E9 up!!! youtube.com/federalranga

  • Worley

    Rae might have shot himself in the foot. Best Buy was SOLD OUT of OB4CL2 but they had boxes of BP3 on top and below the display. I had to go to Target to get mine and they only had about 5 left. Rae could have easily done 100K if they shipped more.

    • http://xxlmag johnny r

      Tell me about it! I went to j&r like 5 times! to no avail. Its not Rae’s fault tho. Its EMI’s for not believing in the project. I still dont have it cuz I cant find the shit. =(

  • David HussleSoft

    We all knew Jay would do big numbers its no suprise.

    But like I was saying earlier they undershipped the Purple Tape. I went to 3 best buy locations and they were sold out then one of the store associates told me they only had 10 copies shipped in. The best buy with the most copies only had 20. Mind you this in fucking Manhattan New York! Thats fucking sad.

    They did not even give him a chance to get the #1 album and I think thats fucked up.

    I did get a copy at Target though one of the last 2 left I was gonna buy both but I thought to myself some young dude might be huntin for it like I was.

  • BeerGangsta

    J will sell 500k first week! Rae will sell 50k first week! Rae CD sound good. With a lot of Artist on the CD. J don’t make no sense having his CD come out on 911! You let it come out on Tuesday for more sells. I know why you letting your CD come out on 911 it do make sense.

  • General

    Congrats to both Rae and Jay

    Rae dropped a classic which was big for hip hop right now…

    Jay another #1, but not really one of his better efforts

    • Silly Chilly Willy

      What’s good, Gen !

      Actually, I think Jay dropped one of his best efforts……just not the unicorn jizz (word to Ron Ron) the stan’s been praying for, and definitely not the epic fail the haters wished.

    • $ykotic/Don McCaine

      @ General

      Real talk. My sentiments totally.

      • jburg

        $ykotic, what up my nigga!! What up with that Rae? Not a big fan of him to be honest. Was gonna cop that shit to really give that nigga a chance but I hadn’t heard a classic album with over 20 cuts since 50′s GRODT.

        • $ykotic/Don McCaine

          jburg what it do!


          BTW, Cuban Linx 2 is f***ing FIRE! You gotta listen from beginning to end.

          But there’s a song that’s not on it, “Walk With Me”, that SHOULD HAVE BEEN #22. I saw the video early this morning, it is FLAMES(iTunes bonus).

          For you j(nahright.com/news/2009/09/08/video

          Styles P tore it up on his part. I never heard Styles on that type of current. He knew he was on a classic project and delivered. GZA came through with a heater too. THAT ASON JONES SONG MAKES U WANNA SHED A TEAR!

          Now BP3 is good for it’s lane, but it ain’t in Cuban Linx 2’s. Peep the vid 1st. Check out General’s drop above. Then go cop that.

        • jburg

          Good look!!! nigga might get that 10 from me!!

  • Nate

    Hmm, just what I predicted hours ago.

    That Jay-Z would sell 5-10X Rae, although Rae is said to have a album that $hitted on Jay’s.

    At the largest store in SF- (Amoeba) they did not have 1 copy of Rae’s…

    But plenty of Jay…

  • BeerGangsta

    jay-z is a good rapper. i like jay-z. i don’t know what projected means. my mom did say she projects that she’ll sell her body 5-7 times tonight. whats that mean??

  • alderman j

    I bought that RAEKWON, but I dont think i can give JAY my 9.99$, he short changing us. I aint going!! And im not a hater, im just not a follower, i cant be lead into buying that, besides that ONLY BUILT FOR CUBAN LINX is actually the BLUEPRINT, alot of rappers started having two names after that joint before that it wasnt no MAKAVELLI, only TUPAC, there was no FRANK WHITE only NOTORIOUS BIG, check the cronology. KNOWLEDGE GOD was my joint off the original purple tape!!!!

  • oskamadison

    I haven’t heard either album in its entirety but from what I’ve heard so far, Chef’s joint is smashin’ BP3, at least production wise.i think Hov will do at least 400, even in this shitty climate. EMI needs to be goin’ harder with Rae’s promotion, although I have been seein’ commercials with that annoyin’ ass Funkmaster Flex doin’ voiceovers. If Rae does those projected numbers, that wouldn’t be bad at all but he better go gold. SUPPORT GOOD MUSIC!!!!

  • http://www.jamal7mile.blogspot.com Jamal7Mile

    Twelve years ago, you would be laughed at (or violently worse) if you predicted the above numbers for the same above artists.

    300k = The new platinum…

  • murK

    raekwon should sell 100k (overall). if not hip-hop lost.

    • http://xxlmag johnny r

      Fuck that. Rae should go gold. But people dont buy real music nowadays. =(

  • MidWest Grindin

    Niggas be hatin. I bought both cds. Jay’s got a good album but not great…in no way is it terrible. Rae’s album is good as well, but in no way is it “smashin” BP3. i mean come on now…this nigga named it OBFCL2. In no way shape or form is it anywhere close to the original. The new shit is like light from a match while the original is like the fuckin sun. You could say the same for BP3, but by no means is it terrible. I’m satisfied with both. Tossup for album of the year (so far) between those 2, Relapse, and Blackout 2. Anyone heard Beans new shit? I aint even know his shit dropped yesterday. I didnt even see it in Target.

    • Enlightened

      Stop it. Please tell me you bullshittin. Beans dropped an album yesterday?

      I hope that’s some wrong information because if not, it’s a sad ass day when even the hip-hop websites (like this one) don’t even mention it when Beanie Sigel drops an album

    • http://xxlmag johnny r

      Actually Beans dropped last week or the week b4. it wasnt yesterday.

  • http://www.myspace.com/emcdlthemusicprofile EmCDL

    Damn, from what I’m reading on these comments its like nobody really checking for Jay’s album but OB4CL2 is sold the fuck out! I got my ish off Amazon; both BP3 and OB4CL2 and got them shits today. I got a feeling Rae gonna 1-up Jay…

  • capcobra

    just finished listening to the whole bp3 for the first time…it’s wack..sorry.

  • John Cauner

    My prediction for first week sales, OB4CL 2-39,000, BP3-270,000

  • K.ing

    yea niggas act like jay use to do 50 or Em first week #’s…

    jay never had big first weeks… his biggest week was kingdon come and that was 680 k…

    everything else is like 300k to 415 k (blueprint)

  • L.a Vet

    @ John Cauner co sign…

    these the same cats that thought slaughter house would do a milli…

    i told you yo prince is wack… nigga said loli pop… shouldn’t know man like that shit…

  • Mutada/Mullah Atari

    So the Rae is good? Cool, may have to pick that up to show some support. The leaks been fire so, its good to get confirmation of a new classic.

    BP3 = Weed Plate. And I REALLY tried to like that shit.

  • dreny4life

    blueprint 3 is fire lil niggaz. I figured rae shit was fire fuck it took him 14 years to do another 1.no mixtapes nothin in that time frame jay has spit a million different bars of crack. think about it

  • Still a Fan of Fif

    Hope Jay do 400k, dude is the KING of HIPHOP…I mean its like hating Kobe, but claiming you love basketball…Thats hater shit

  • Stoh

    @ dreny4life says:

    blueprint 3 is fire lil niggaz. I figured rae shit was fire fuck it took him 14 years to do another 1.no mixtapes nothin in that time frame jay has spit a million different bars of crack. think about it

    If your calling us all “lil niggaz” then i expect you to at least be 26+
    That being said, for being older, its a damn shame that u have not learned that taking your time on a project will have better results.

    OBFCL2 Is fire because it has: Great production, every artist on it going hard, a great all round sound.

    BP3 is fire because: Every mother fucker that bought that shit will be BURNING it for there friends to be disappointed too.

  • Bdubya

    Ob4cl2 is that shit. Bp3 is wack. Straight up, quit lying to yourself. Kanye, timbo, and no id on some gay let’s have a party like it’s 2099 type bullshit. That ain’t no futuristic shit, just shit period. People expect more out this cat not Some can the kids come out and play shit. And no this shit ain’t over my head it just wacknificent at it finest. But I feel him though niggas don’t buy music. You gotta appeal to a broader audience. Congrats, you succeded. I’m from
    Texas by the way. Who says we don’t real music is wrong, we just like bang in the trunk. Get with it or get ran over.

  • Stoh

    @ Bdubya


    Its even worse when people go, “well hes better then what most people have been putting out”…..

    … Dont accept mediocrity you bastards!*

    *People who say BP3 is more then a 6 on a 1-10 scale

  • $ykotic/Don McCaine

    Blueprint 3- 6/10(Good album, made KC look better)

    Only Built For Cuban Linx 2- 9/10(“Walk With Me” @ #23 makes a BIG difference)

    Anyway I paid for both of them. I’m good that quality product is coming out.

  • ROCstar

    to me, BP3 is the album Kingdom Come SHOULD have been. some of the beats are awful, but cmon, most of those songs are chock-full of good punches and more importantly: CONTENT. it aint no classic, but i find myself only skipping one song (off that) and only sorta-liking two more (venus v. mars and hate). the rest are good tracks and its jiggas 5th best cd, behind four (un)disputed classics.

    that said, that raekwon shit is unbelievable. im a young dude so i just got into OB4CL about a year ago but damn, this shit is nuts! wu-tang + dilla beat? are you fucking kidding me!??! doesnt get much better than that.

    • Enlightened

      “some of the beats are awful”

      See…that’s the problem then. I haven’t heard the whole thing so I can’t say, but it’s no excuse for these big budget, all-time great MCs to come with bullshit beats.

      If Nas could pick better beats, he would be the G.O.A.T. hands down right now, and it wouldn’t even be close.

  • http://www.google.com stimoroller

    Been a while since i heard Jigga sound this good. That video where he features Rihana is killer, but he better pray that none o those cowboy rappers from the South dont come up with one of their signature crunk tunes to burst his bubble.

  • kenny

    the only reason im gettin raekwons cd is cause i liVe in uk and ‘walk wit me ‘ is a bonus track’ .. the album is as good as people say it is . it doesnt matter how mch it sells . as long as you get one ..

  • Yessir


    20 million downloaded the Album.

    350k are buying the Album.

    The internet is a Motherfucker.

  • ASID

    lol….Eminem killed Jay this year..lukin forward to their next CD’S…..heard Relapse 2 is “MMLP on CRack”

  • http://www.yahoo.com Dra$t-iQ Alkoholik

    it’s funny how everybody be dick ridin Jigga and saying he the king who gon out sell “wack” rappers such as weezy when the nigga doing rick ross numbers, the nigga is all hype plus niggaz tired of his shit and out in africa nobody give a fuck bout him

  • shawn

    i guess everbody can’t sell a miili in a week like wayne

  • Brooklyn

    ob4cl2 is fire, straight up! i got my copy and i’ve been bumping that shit ever since then. seriously, it’s the best album to come out so far this year, bp3 can’t even touch it as far as the quality is concerned. now, bp3 will definitely do better numbers because it’s a jay-z joint, but that don’t mean that it’s a better album. besides that, bp3 got mad hype the last few months, just like relapse did, and so for that alone it will do big numbers.

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    I’m kinda disappointed that Criminology 2,featuring Ghostface,wasn’t on there.

    9/10 fi—yaaaaaaaa

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