The projections are in and XXL Freshman alumnus Kid Cudi is ahead of the class.
Industry inside source hitsdailydouble.com has the Cleveland native’s Universal Motown debut, Man on the Moon: The End of Day, at around 110-120,000 in sales for his first week based off of one-day sales figures.
Cudder’s Motown label mate Drake also has an impressive first week numbers. HitsDailyDouble has the Toronto upstart set for a 55-60K debut with the retail version of his critically-acclaimed mixtape So Far Gone. Lil Boosie is projected to sell 24-50K with his new album Superbad and Trick Daddy’s Finally Famous LP is estimated to move about 12,000 units on next week’s Nielsen SoundScan report.
Over the past couple of days, Cudi has showed up onstage alongside Jay-Z at the rap superstar’s 9-11 benefit show, as a musical guest on Late Night with David Letterman and performed at the MTV Video Music Awards.
XXLMag.com asked the Cleveland rookie how he feels these looks are gonna help his album. “I think it’s gonna make a lot of people more aware,” he said. “I think it’s gonna make a lot of people a lot more interested because in these last couple of days like you said, each of those moments has been different demographics, the Jay-Z was definitely a hip-hop show, and later on seeing me on David Letterman, which is a very mainstream show, you know you don’t see a lot of hip-hop artists on a Letterman type show, so each thing I did was very monumental.”
Stay tuned to XXLMag.com as the official Nielsen SoundScan sales report will be released on Wednesday, September 23. –Max G