Nelly‘s newly-released seventh album, M.O., has debuted at number 14 on the Billboard 200 Chart, selling over 15,000 copies. To some, that may seem to be a mediocre sales start, but the rapper explained to ABC News Radio why first-week sales aren’t indicative of his track record as an artist.
“The thing is for me, I’ve had an unbelievable amount of success, in that respect you understand that everything changes,” he says. “You know, again, it is my seventh album and its been like two years, especially in a business where you have to be six months [between albums.]”
Nelly adds, “To take two years, I’m kind of like using this album to just to reinstate ourselves, get the ball rolling, to come right back, hopefully next year with another one and keep the momentum going just to show everybody, ‘Yo Nelly still makes great songs.'”
Nelly’s last studio effort, 2010’s 5.0, opened at number ten on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 63,000 copies in its first week.
Elsewhere on the chart, last week’s chart-topper, Drake‘s Nothing Was the Same, slipped to the #2 position, selling an additional 148,000 units.
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