Tyga’s new album is projected to post respectable first-week’s sale numbers, despite it not being carried in at least two of the largest retailers in the country.
The YMCMB rapper’s sophomore effort, Careless World, is projected to sell 70-80,000 copies in its first week, according to HITS Daily Double. The music website adds that the sales were “all digital.”
XXLMag.com learned that Best Buy and Target, two of the nation’s largest retailers, pulled Careless World after originally stocking it in their stores on Tuesday (Feb. 21), the LP’s release date.
“We did carry the album, but we pulled it due to the content had not been cleared by the Martin Luther King estate,” Carolyn Aberman, Best Buy’s Public Relations Senior Manager, told XXLMag.com.
Aberman is referring to an uncleared sample from Martin Luther King’s famous, “I Have A Dream” speech that plays at the end of the title track, “Careless World.”
Tyga fans also tweeted in fury about not being able to purchase the album at Target. One fan even posted a picture of Target’s Tyga disclaimer on their timeline.
The Target sign reads, “Due to a manufacturer product recall, the Tyga: Careless World CD that is featured in this week’s ad will not be available. We apologize for any inconvenience. Rain checks are not available.”
Target and Walmart didn’t immediately return phone calls from XXLMag.com. Fans did express that they were able to buy Careless World at Walmart, however.
The news comes after Tyga tweeted, “Careless World will be everywhere in stores today!!! Target, Best Buy, Walmart!!!!!” on Wednesday in hope that the MLK sample wouldn’t become an obstacle.
Tyga’s Careless World features his hit singles, “Far Away” and “Rack City,” and the recently released, “Kings & Queens” featuring Nas and Wale. —Mark Lelinwalla