The biggest talk surrounding this week’s lackluster first week sales is centred around Rihanna, but let’s not act like Mary J. Blige did not underperform just as badly.
In fact, Blige did worse and she’s an R&B veteran. Mary’s first week album sales for ‘My Life II: The Journey Continues’ stands at 165k securing a #5 debut on this week’s Billboard Hot 200 Albums Chart. This is possibly the first album of Blige’s career not to surpass the 200k mark and possibly the worst selling album of her career. First week sales for her debut album ‘What’s the 411′ remain undisclosed so we can’t say for sure, but if we exclude her debut or assume it sold 200k, this would be Mary’s worst selling album to date! Hopefully, she can turn things around with the right selection of singles.
Plus, it wouldn’t be a first for a legendary artist to suffer a major slump in sales (see Janet, Mariah and Whitney). Check out her flawless performance of her new single ‘Mr. Wrong’ on The View yesterday morning, after the jump.