HitsDailyDouble.com reports early figures from sales of Nelly’s new album ‘Nellyville’ suggest the rapper will enter the top of the charts with sales likely over 600,000 and perhaps even 700,000 – enough to make the album the second best opener of the year – technically the best if you account for Eminem’s Sunday release of ‘The Eminem Show’. The figure should easily be enough to hold off Eminem’s 5 week run atop the charts.
Nelly served as replacement DJ on Power 106 earlier this week in Los Angeles, filling in for tha Goodfellas while away on vacation.
Karu F. Daniels of EURweb.com had a Q&A session with Nelly on the week his new ‘Nellyville’ album dropped. When asked what he thought accounted for his huge success, Nelly said, “I think a lot of it had to do with it being a new place, a new face, a new sound, just something new, just an alternative, something that people ain’t necessarily hearing everyday.”
Nelly tells CDNow.com’s Allison Stewart that he can easily disguise himself so that he doesn’t normally get recognized. When asked if he could go to a mall unbothered, Nelly revealed, “Probably not the mall. But yeah, I put a hat on [and I’m fine]. I still go to the same clubs as everybody else, I stop by the same fast food joints as everybody else. If I don’t have the Band-Aid on, people will say, ‘You look just like Nelly.’ Until I talk, and they see the [gold] teeth. Until that, I can just walk around like a regular old dude.”
HitsDailyDouble.com reports early numbers in from Wherehouse for this week’s album sales show Nelly’s new album ‘Nellyville’ on track to finish in the top slot, unseating ‘The Eminem Show’ which has topped the charts for five weeks. Truth Hurts is expected in the #3 spot, while Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs remix album is at #6, N.O.R.E. at #7, and DJ Quik at #10. Where’s Will Smith? They only predict a top 20 position for Smith, which would be a big disappointment given all the publicity he’s done.
Sonia Murray of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution weighed in on Nelly’s new album ‘Nellyville’ giving it a C+ rating. “It’s kind of easy to brand Nelly as just a karaoke machine,” she said. “Albeit a supremely infectious one with a proudly Midwestern delivery (every R is rolled). But with the release of his second CD, ‘Nellyville,’ it’s pretty clear that, hey, that’s just what Nelly does best.”
Before the new Nelly album ‘Nellyville’ dropped yesterday, Davey D. shared his thoughts pro and con on whether people should take a cue from KRS-One and boycott the disc. Davey mentioned his huge success with ‘Country Grammar’ and the recent success of the first single off his new album ‘Hot In Herre’ but said, “On the other hand, Nelly has come to epitomize everything that is wrong with Hip Hop to the underground/KRS-One fan. There are many that see Nelly as a manufactured icon. His constant exposure on MTV and on the commercial air waves is often viewed as the result of the major label hype machine at work.”
He added of hip hop’s older acts, “Somehow they have been pigeonholed as ‘over the hill,’ ‘out of touch’ and ‘irrelevant to Hip Hop.’ That’s very different from the type of response rock fans will have toward a group like No Doubt which hit the scene around the same time as a Public Enemy or KRS-One.” Read more.
Dan Aquilante of the New York Post weighed in on Nelly’s new album ‘Nellyville’, calling the album “a fantastic interweaving of rap vocal rhythms, slithery funk grooves and R&B melodies.” Aquilante added, “This guy is a powerhouse talent who has found the synergy between pop and rap, rewiring both genres.”
MTV News chatted with Nelly recently in an in-depth feature which included his take on a few controversies he’s been involved with. Nelly addressed the KRS-One lyrical/press battle as well as the heat he got for not being more active in the boycott of Union Station Mall in St. Louis after he was kicked out for breaking its no- ‘do-rag policy. On the KRS-One subject, he fumed, “I wouldn’t have tried to answer, but [KRS is] a hypocrite. Flat out, no other way to fu**ing explain it. It baffles me. It’s like, ‘Damn, you call me commercial rap? You do commercials. You’re the Sprite man.’ Who you making money for, KRS? You’re making money for the same man whose kids buy my album. But I’m commercial? I’m the sellout? No, you’re making money for this man so his daughter can buy my album.” Read more, including video clips of the interview here.
Several rap acts are hitting the talk show air waves this week, most notably Lil’ Bow Wow – who is promoting his new film ‘Like Mike’. On Tuesday, Bow Wow will be on the Rosie O’Donnell Show. Later Tuesday, check out N.E.R.D. on Conan O’Brien then Nas on Last Call with Carson Daly. On Wednesday, look for Bow Wow again on the Late Show with David Letterman. On Thursday, Will Smith will be on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Finally on Friday, look for Lil’ Romeo on in the morning with Regis and Kelly, while Bow Wow visits Craig Kilborn and Nelly performs on the Tonight Show. Check your local listings.