Let me give the disclaimer before I go in on this. I like Nicki Minaj. I’m a sucker for anything pink, and flamboyant, and circus-like, guilty.
Nicki released the album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded The Re-Up on November 19th. This is the rapper’s junior album, and it hasn’t made notable sales. Nicki blames it on retailers like Wal Mart, claiming that they haven’t made her CD readilbly available for purchase, and therefore has affected her album sales.
From Huffington Post
When asked in an interview with Power 105.1 if it was hard to purchase “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up,” Minaj responded, “It is hard to get the album because the stores basically said that the last few re-releases they had put out did not do well and they didn’t want to take a chance. So, Target and Walmart is not selling the album. Target is actually my biggest retailer — they’ve always been my biggest retailer. They’ve sold the most Nicki Minaj albums ever, so, thank you, Target. But I wish you could’ve sold this one.”
Denial is a disease.
First of all I don’t DO physical media, cd’s, dvd’s, blu rays, and the such. The last time I walked into a Wal Mart to purchase a CD was over 10 years ago. That’s why God created Steve Jobs (God rest his soul), and in turn gave us Mac Books, iPhones, and Apple TV in which we can stream our media.
Honey, Nicki, Minaj–i-poo, I hate to break it to you, but your album is accessible, and availble, it just ain’t worth $14.99. This is MY consumer report.
iTunes New Music Tuesday is as dear to my heart as Taco Tuesday. I browse iTunes for new music that is worthy of taking up my precious memory on my laptop. With major artists albums, I hit the ‘preview all’ button. From that preview, I then decide whether to just purchase certain songs, or the album in its entirety. If I like 75% or more of the songs on an album, I’ll by the whole album (which is rare). In the case of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded The Re-Up , I purchased one song, #5, I’m Legit feat. Ciara. Listening to the album, it did not coerce me to spend the asking price of $14.99, and “Roman Holiday” has to be one of the most annoying songs, I’ve heard in a while. That’s what it was.
Walmart, Best Buy, and them have nothing to do with the fact that all of the songs on your NEW album sound the same. Are you a gimmick or a rapper? Rappers that have longevity evolve in their craft, listening to your body of work in music, I just don’t hear that NEXT level.
Who am I? Simply a person in your consumer demographic with ears, that hear.
Nicki ask yourself, are they laughing with you, or at you? I love your crazy ass outfits, pink and multicolored wigs on award shows, and public appearences. But musically, I need more from you as a rap artist if I’m going to spend my money, and invest in your next private jet.