Diggy Address Low First Week Album Sales

Diggy Simmons isn’t about to let low sales of his debut album, Unexpected Arrival, get him down. Although the LP only sold 21,000 units, landing at No. 13 on the Billboard 200, the mature 17-year-old isn’t hurt by it.

“It’s about growth,” Diggy told blogger Karen Civil. “You look at a whole bunch of people. Look at [Jay-Z’s first album] Reasonable Doubt, when that first came out, that wasn’t anything. And look at Jay now. You could look at Bruno [Mars] recently. When Doo Wops & Hooligans came out, like 50,000 first work and ended up going double plat.”

“It’s about growth for me,” he continued. “I’m happy that the people who are listening to it are loving it. It’s like having an impact on your life and making them want to aspire to be whatever it is they want to be. Because that’s what Unexpected Arrival is about, it’s about making your arrival in life special.”

Despite the low sales numbers, Unexpected Arrival did spawn two singles in the sugary sweet, Jeremih-assisted “Do It Like You” and “88,” which features Jadakiss. “Do It Like You” enjoyed a lengthy stay on BET’s 106 & Park countdown,  and was definitely a hit amongst young female fans.

“No matter what people say or if they don’t know what you’re capable of,” the young Simmons continued telling Civil. “It starts with the belief in you before you try to go and look for other people’s approval. I’m happy that it’s doing that for people.”—Jakinder Singh

  • ethan

    should have out the tech n9ne song on it

  • Ayo

    The difference btw diggy and jayz, jayz started from nothing, diggy started from millions and a reality show. We don’t believe youuuu you need more peopleeeee

    • yaa

      So? its not like hes rapping about some hood shit.

  • Philly

    Diggy is comparing himself to Jay-Z? I got two words for you Diggy: Fuck off!

    • crystal

      why are u hating you could never do the stuff his doing so stop hating behind a computer screen

  • oskino

    Nahh Diggy… the Difference is… although Reasonable Doubt didn’t sell much… it was because people didn’t know who Jay-Z was necessarily, and slept on HIM & that album. Regardless of that fact… Reasonable Doubt was a CLASSIC, and is one of Jay-Z’s top 3 Albums till this day. It was critically acclaimed, and eventually went platinum in 2002 once everybody was finally on board with who Jay-Z was & is… People sought after his old stuff because they missed it.

    Bad comparison lil’homie

  • fuckme_nofuckyou

    He never once compared himself to Jay-Z in the interview you fucking douche’s. He’s comparing the first week sales figures. People like you take shit out of context and start drama like the fucking fags you are. Diggy is ill, no question. Especially for his age, and for this era of Hip-Hop. So how bout you Fuck off.

  • oskino

    yea… first album sales of Reasonable Doubt. That’s a comparison A$$hole. Fvck his age, and this era of panty rockin hip hop artists… if u can’t take criticism, get the fvck out. u all offended like this mark a$$ lil’ni**a would’a had a chance in this watered down rap industry had his father not been one of the leading Vets in the early hip-hop scene. Get off his Diggy!!

  • http://www.soonplatinum.com Hiphopzen

    Diggy is young and does know the history of rap. I don’t think he was comparing his music to Jay Z. His comparison speaks more to an optimistic future as opposed to a dismal present of his first release. Also, Oskino is on point, if you can’t take criticism in the entertainment business then you need to find another profession.

  • oskamadison

    I’m glad Diggy is optimistic about his future. Hell, nobody’s really sellin’ any records in this day and age, for the most part. I understood the comparison to Reasonable Doubt, which also would have applied to Illmatic, for that matter. He was talkin’ about their sales, although if I’m not mistaken Reasonable Doubt did go gold within a year. Anyway, I hope Diggy does get that shine. I like how he carries himself and lil’ dude got some bars.

  • Bee

    Diggy will do better than jay z. One, because he doesn’t use profanity which is appealing to lots of people. Two, because he is not part of the Illuminati and Three, he’s young and fresh and 10 times more hotter than jay z was at his age.

    • rhys

      diggy is weak he isnt lyrical. lets be real if he wasent related to rev run he wouldent have gotten a deal. dont compare yo sales to no one as an excuse you suck the difference between yours and their album was a serious display of lyrics somthing he lacks. he isnt the future j cole is the future. i hate the fact that theirs better rappers and they focusing on him like there isint any one else.

    • rhys

      diggy is weak he isnt lyrical. lets be real if he wasent related to rev run he wouldent have gotten a deal. dont compare yo sales to no one as an excuse you suck the difference between yours and their album was a serious display of lyrics somthing he lacks. he isnt the future j cole is the future. i hate the fact that theirs better rappers and they focusing on him like there isint any one else.but who knows he could be something if he puts makes something of this critzizm

  • The Truth

    Unexpected Arrival was actually pretty good. Kid’s lyrics are on point and his flow is pretty good too. Looking forward to the second CD

  • Will_Morebucks

    Album sales don’t mean shit anymore, as long as you’re getting shows and your singles are sellin, that’s all that matters. Niggas like 2 Chainz, Lil B, Slaughterhouse, etc haven’t even put out Gold albums, and they’re prolly bubblin more than anybody.

    *For the nuthuggers, dickriders, and the like: I was not comparing those 3 musically, just their buzz.

  • JM

    I’ll tell you why this guy got low sales.. Cuz he’s the new MILEY CYRUS.. Pops made music, put him on a show, now he’s grown and rappin.. only dude has the credibility of a kid who cried on MTV to get clothes he liked.. he can rhyme but nobody said rich spoiled kids can’t put pen to paper.. nah mean..