Rapper Nelly has blamed his label Motown Records for the poor sales of his latest album 5.0. The album has so far only sold 63,000 copies stateside.
Nelly jumped on Twitter over the weekend and tweeted,
A record deal is a 50/50 partnership! As an artist its your job to provide the record company with music that they can sell!
Thing about the partnership is that in the public eye the responsibility is not 50/50! The artist is always the one who catches 90% of the blame. When a artist doesn’t deliver sufficient material they gets [their] budget cut for next album or worse dropped from the label!”
“So whose fault is it when a artist gives the label not only a #1 hit but their first top40 #1 in label history! Sell 2mill n singles n 2.5month?
“Who should be held responsible wen an artist has a history for selling records…but if folks say they didn’t even no wen the album came out?????”
“Every1 luvs da album and say its crazy! So wen u hear folks say they didnt no it was out r there were hardly any in the store! WTF?”
Is it the label’s fault or in reality is it just a classic case of the public lacking interest in the release of a new album from a rapper whose popularity has waned somewhat? Perhaps people liked the single Just A Dream which apparently went on to sell 2.5 million (in digital sales), but had no real interest in the album.
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