Ne-Yo Frustrated by First Week Sales of ‘Libra Scale’
Ne-Yo is following in Nelly’s footsteps and airing his grievances about the lower than expected sales of his latest album ‘Libra Scale.’ In a recent interview, the singer/songwriter revealed that coming in at the No. 9 spot on the Billboard album charts, well behind albums from Kanye West and Nicki Minaj, which both dropped on the same day, was frustrating.
“I was a little disturbed by my first week numbers but a lot of things went into that first week number,” he said of the album which sold 103, 000 copies in its first week, the lowest of his previous three album which have all debuted in the No. 1 or No. 2 slots on the charts. “The album getting leaked a month in advance definitely had something to do with it. That was another situation where I jumped on my soapbox (twitter) and let the world know how I felt about that. You know, it’s the world we live in today, it’s the game. You either play the game or you get out. I’m not gonna let the ignorance of some stop me from doing what I feel like I was put on this earth to do.”
Despite his sales, on a personal level, things for the 31-year-old have changed drastically since the birth of his daughter Madilyn Grace Smith, in November. Although his baby girl came a few months earlier than expected, Ne-Yo noted the experience as the “scariest” yet “most enjoyable.”
Up next, the Grammy winner is prepping the release of his George Lucas-produced movie ‘Red Tails,’ in which he co-stars alongside Bryan Cranston, Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr.