Rihanna's 'Rated R' First Week Numbers Are In
For the past week or so, the Internet has been predicting that Rihanna's new album, Rated R, will flop.
Perhaps it has.
According to HITS Daily Double, a Web site that compiles album sales data, Rated R debuted at No. 5 on the charts after selling 180,198 units. (Conversely, Susan's Boyle's debut album, "I Dreamed a Dream", was No. 1; It sold a whopping 669,843 units!)
While we liked the album, many of her fans didn't. The record company didn't have faith in the album, either. Immediately after the album was released last Monday, it was on sale for a mere $3.99. Then the price dropped to 99 cents (yes, for the entire album!) last weekend; They were basically giving the album away.
So, after all those price breaks, is selling 180,198 units a flop? Or is it still respectable, given the current economic climate?
Update: Nielsen SoundScan's numbers and placing are a slightly different. On their charts, "Rated R" came in at No. 4 with 181,000 units sold. "Good Girl Gone Bad", Rihanna's previous album, started with 162,000 at No. 2 in 2007. Billboard has Susan's album coming in with 701,000 units sold -- the best debut by any album this year!