Bun B Predicts Drake’s “Thank Me Later” to Sell 500K in First Week

Despite the leak of multiple singles in the last few weeks and the entire album earlier this month, Drake’s official debut LP, Thank Me Later, is slated to hit stores tomorrow (June 15). Southern rappers Bun B, Juvenile and Slim Thug told XXLMag.com their predictions for what one of the year’s most anticipated albums would do on the charts.

“It’s an incredible album,” Bun, who was featured on Drake’s acclaimed So Far Gone, told XXLMag.com “It’s gonna be a multiplatinum album. First of all, let that be understood: it’s gonna be a number one album in several countries across the world. If he does less than 500,000 in the first week, somebody dropped the ball at Universal [Music].”

Bun’s fellow Texan, Slim Thug, had a similar prediction. “I think he came like the So Far Gone style again. He gonna do numbers. I think he gonna do over 500 [thousand].”

Juve, who once played the role in Lil’ Wayne’s career that Weezy is now playing for Drake, also had high hopes for the record. “Hopefully, he gonna do some millions,” said the New Orleans native. ”He could go platinum the first day.”

Thank Me Later will be available for purchase on Tuesday. —Adam Fleischer

  • lou-

    fuck drake hes fake throw that nigga in a lake to make sure he will never wake.

    • Drre

      Drake will sell 1 million in the first week…..

      • Dreer

        100000 would be a lot for him,,,believe me…i am not one who is blinded…

    • greg

      Thats awesome did you put that rhyme together by yourself ?

  • Capostatus

    What does this old ass Southern Country nigga know bout predicting. How can u predict 500k in a week in this economic environment. You Country niggaz are slow man. My New York ass predicts Drake will sell 300k max in his first week. Not only are u country niggaz slow with the music, u slow in things that require basic common sense.

    • ARAKSNSAS—SOUTH IN YA MOUTH

      Mainnn, are u slow? just a hateful ass nigga who cant produce shit so he always talk about Southern niggaz!!! OLD INTERNET THUG EMPIRE ASS NIGGA! MAKE U FEEL GOOD TO MAKE FAKE ASS THREATS ON THE INTERNET TO NIGGAZ WHO WILL PROBALBY KILL U??? WHATEVER U THINK IS YOUR PERSONAL OPINION BUT, IT SOUNDS LIKE U BE HATING TO ME!!! SNOTTY nose lil bith, internet thug! HOW OLD ARE U ABOUT 16 FUCC BOY? SURFING THE WEB ALL DAY STEALING YOUR MAMMAS DRUGS N SHIT! BUT WHEN IT BOILS DOWN TO IT SOUNDS LIKE U BE HATING TO ME!!!!

    • Godstatus

      First of all slow????? Have you ever heard andre 3000..he’s your favorite rappers favorite rappers favorite rapper…if we so slow how come you new york niggas so far behind in the rap bizness…Catch up…dictionary rap is dead or buried so far underground they couldn’t sell a dollar in a week…nobody knows yall anymore except for the same new york rappers from the 90′s thats still doing it now

  • Capostatus likes men

    I hope nobody responds to this Capostatus clown. Again, he just says shit to get people rattled up. That, or he’s an old man bitter as fuck because his life equals to shit. Either way, ignore him

    • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

      I was riding with you until you threw that old man bitter sh^t in there.

      Do shorty sound like an OG?

      1st thing he wrote was calling Bun an “old ass Southern Country nigga”. That ain’t OG rhetoric.

  • that nigga

    I highly doubt this nigga will sell 250K the first week!!

  • Godz Favorite

    I think that most rappers cosign Drake, because he can put rap back on the map…….Album sales wise speaking……….
    If TML does good on the charts, it’s gonna be that particular style of songs/album that you gonna hear through 2010 going to ’11.
    Everbody is hoping Drake will get fans/people buying rap albums again………

  • Stuckfresh

    Even if you dont like Drake keep it real w/ yourself! He will sell atleast 600,000 1st week!

  • jburg

    Don’t hold your breath. Em barely sold that with his last album. No way Drake will sell half a mil. Get real. Plus it already leaked? These dudes must have been high on something with these statements.

    • swype-matic

      Relapse sold 610,000 copies first week, I didn’t even like it, but as a fan of him I bought it. Drake does have a shot at sellin’ alot the first week, I’ll just go lower and say 400,000

    • dat dude

      wayne’s carter 3 got fully leaked a month b4 and still sold a mill in a week in a still not great economy and drakes buzz for this album plus the amount so far gone sold 4 a what 7 track ep went platinum r u serious its not possiable to sell 600,00 the first week just stop hating thats some bitch shit shit the kids got talent hate it or love it he will sell

  • Big

    Capostatus is a bitch made nigga. Get over it the SOUTH has been running this shit for quite some time now and yall niggas aint getting it back. Yall fuck niggas up top can’t even out sell Souja Boy. Yall niggas suck just face the FACTS Pimp. And Oh yeah Eat a DICK FUCK BOY!

    • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

      Come on yo, u gotta throw darts at the whole state? There’s only ONE dude here talking that bullsh^t.

      HE AIN’T SPEAKING FOR THE WHOLE STATE FAM!

  • The Illest

    He gon do at least 600k. I mean, Em did 600k and T.I. did bout 570K so it wouldn’t be suprising if he does 600K or more. I am in no way sayin Drake is better than T.I. or Em, by the way.

    • J QUAKE

      STFU YOU JUST TALKING NOW

      • The Illest

        Why must niggas talk shit over the internet? I just gave MY opinion and now you mad? Grow the fuck up!

  • jonny bizness

    he will do at least 750k mark my words every teenage girl will run out and cop that after school tomorrow this is his official debut imagine if so far gone was an official album and had been released last feb that would be multi plat going toe to toe with the b.e.p right now this is what will happen with tml never mind the mixed reviews from the hiphop websites we don’t buy albums no more we cop them for free

    • jburg

      school is out in alot of the country dude. Try again. Dude is good but not Eminem good. He not selling that much man. The shit got leaked like a month ago. Hell I will be surprised if Em even does half a mil next week.

      • jonny bizness

        i don’t know whether school is out or not im from the uk either way 750k and i stand by it i was coming 2 ur country 2 watch england win the world cup but the feds banned me i bet it’s robbing season out there

  • http://www.theinfamouslife.com miss infamous

    I believe he will sell around 600,000. I think a good amount of people are anticipating this album. We shall see..

  • Stylistic

    200,000 units first week

  • RUSS

    I THINK ITLL SELL BOUT 250K CUZ EMINEMS ALBUM LEAKED SO ALL THE BUZZ SHIFTED TO EM’S ALBUM. PLUS DRAKES ALBUM WASNT GOOD AT ALL…ITS SO OVERHYPED LIKE HIS RHYMES. BUT THESE YOUNG SO CALLED “HIP HOP FANS” DONT KNOW NO BETTER SO HE MIGHT DO MORE THAN THAT

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  • Worldizmine

    I am no drake fan but he is helping hiphop sales so I feel Bun B he want a turnaround in album sales before he drop.

  • mrwm1234

    j.cole>drake

  • wd

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  • BeerGangsta

    Whats up cool as Bun B!! I will agree with u on the Sell!! Fans are looking for something new and different. This is it. Somebody got to live the Summer up!!

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  • grimreaper

    album sucks

  • Ummmmm

    Ok he has a teenage fanbase but. . . theyre the ones thats downloading soooo idk. . . i kno alot of kids who like drake but theyre still not going to buy a album they can download for free. . . im guessing 300k

  • El Tico Loco

    I’m not buying it or downloading it so I could care less, the radio play his singles enough times during all hours of the day to bother buying it, all you gonna pay for is the ability to rewind it.

    • stuckfresh

      U left a comment about your not buying the album! wtf? your a bitch!

      • El Tico Loco

        The album’s for bitches you go buy it.

  • NoBull

    Man THank me Later is B.F.I.(Garbage)and i like Drake too but thats not a HIp Hop album.Thats an R and B album and when he does rap like on Light it up and Up all night Jay z and nicki killed him On a side note Recovery is Crazy thts gonna do a mil drake gonna do about 350000

  • http://www.emcdl.com EmCDL

    Damn, 500,000 in his first week sales? Thats waaaaay too far fetched, especially in this day and age. If that nicca do them numbers in first week sales then I expect to see a flying pig shitin’ gold bricks!

  • NAPTOWNNUISANCE

    I couldnt care less for Drake, but Im not gonna hate.I dont see him doin half a mil though, maybe if he is lucky since he has all the females buyin his shit.I predict 350,000 or 400,000 tops,and thats giving him some lee way the beast is comin on the 22nd and Im predicting Eminem goin Platinum very quickly.So yeah that will definitely hurt Drakes sales.

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  • http://www.myspace.com/slotchmusic ms_spittuh

    Crystal Meth (Method Man) > Drake’s career…..

  • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

    “EMINEMS ALBUM LEAKED SO ALL THE BUZZ SHIFTED TO EM’S ALBUM”

    ^ troofis

    No predictions from me.

  • Dub

    200k imo, the thing about marketing to teenage girls is they like you for your songs, not your album… They don’t give a damn about the “talkin about life” track, the “get high” track, or the “kill a nigga” track, all they give a damn about is somethin they can shake their asses to

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  • Clever

    If any of these Artist want Great Album sales, Start putting whole Hearted material. Stop putting out half ass material. Put out material that’s worth stomaching, be real with the public, and maybe your Album sales will reflect your potential. If your Album is real Good, they will download it, and purchase it, simply because its good and they are a Diehard fan. I don’t see B.E.P waiting on Drake to make sells or to change anything, Their Hip-Hop, Just evolved and, diverse. So if he don’t make his sells, its all on him. Put out Fire, you get Hot results. Period, your Hot, your Hot, If your not , your not. Leak or no leak. Proof is in the Pudding.

  • ff1one@yahoo.com

    i just listned to the album. its not a classic but it is good or even great. its not a classic because it doesn’t stand out, its no ground breaking songs on their, BUT he does deliver. He’s gonna sell because he has a following. The last few times i been to best buy people were lookin for the album buyin the free mixtape. i’m just sayin tho.

  • You Already Know

    everyone that has commented on this will buy a copy so you will only be contributing to his album sales so why hate? you know Drake is legit or he wouldn’t be in the game, not every rapper is the best, they say that is what they plan to be when they finish but this dude is far from that so just go cop his album and let him do his numbers and grow as an artist and stop hating on the dude cause he got a deal and cause EVERY SINGLE song he put out ain’t fire.

    • Anonymous

      SORRY BUT IT ISNT AN ALBUM I WILL BE BUYING I DONT BUY ALBUMS UNLESS I REALLY LIKE THE ARTIST.NO NEED IN FURTHERING THE CAREER OF SOMEONE I DONT CARE ABOUT JUST TO HELP THEM.

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  • H.C.

    100,000 like Rebirth should do good for him. The album cover sucks. Nobody aint gonna buy that album.

  • Bella

    Every Drake fan will buy one !
    even i already bought it !! :D
    it’s amazing !

  • Sabrina

    Is that Drake singing on Big Love’s new single “Sometimes”?

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  • ant

    First of all Lets get straight I am a Drake Fan. But I am dissapointed in the albulm not classic material at all. He should came harder. I guess thats what happen when you sacrafice to much of your good songs. But blame the record label too you yall niggas could of did better than that.