With the ever growing changes in today’s music industry, a six-year break is not recommendable anymore. Even established artists with large fanbases are struggling. Nelly Furtado received the memo this week with the very poor performance of her latest album ‘The Spirit Indestructible’. Releasing THREE Darkchild-produced singles – ‘Big Hoops’, ‘Parking Lot’, and its title track – did not work in her favour at all. According to Hits Daily Double, Nelly’s album is on course to debut outside of the top 50 of the Billboard 200 chart with sales of less than 7,000 copies. Ouch! More deets below.
Such a paltry performance means that these numbers represent approximately 3% of the first-week sales for ‘Loose’. That album opened at #1 with opening numbers of 219,000 in June 2006. Such floppage continued over in the UK where the album debuted at #46 on the Official UK Album Chart, selling just 2,637 copies. That my friends, is what I call an absolute travesty, but not really that shocking.
We were expecting it, but not to this extent. ‘The Spirit Indestructible’ was not a bad album but its lack of commercialism also contributed to its downfall. In a bid to hang onto that record deal, the pressure will be on for Nelly to cater to the music that radio likes to eat.