Shopping in Cincinnati, Ohio last night and I wanted to find out who was selling the most this week at that store. I was pretty lucky because the store attendants gave me the exact numbers of the top two albums and shed some light on an interesting aspect of the buisness.
If this store is any indication of the rest of the country than we can expect Kanye West to come in at number 1. Apparently Kanye has sold 71 copies of his album ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ since Monday. Right behind him is Nicki Minaj with 54 copies. The numbers don’t come as much of a surprise considering the star power of each artist, but Nicki was given the number 1 album slot in the store which threw me off.
I was under the belief that the numbered shelves reflected the sales in the store, but I was told that record labels actually pay for those positionings. This means that Cash Money paid for Nicki to have the number 1 album in the store.
While I think that it is good promotion, I have to say that I was disappointed to find this out. It just proves that record labels have a lot more power than most people think. The sales should reflect the charts in the store, but I guess in the nd it won’t make a difference to Billboard, just the cosumer.
It was cool to hear from a store directly about sales, and it makes me even more anxious to see what the final numbers will be.
Also, Kanye tweeted that his album sold 100k digitally in the first day, so these numbers will be epic.