Nicki Minaj’s The Re-Up sold a low 34,000 in its first week and, and Nicki isn’t too happy with those numbers and blames Target, Walmart and Best Buy for the lackluster sales. More after the jump.
Despite the album more or less being a repackaging of Nicki Minaj’s Roman’s Revenge, the album did feature eight new songs. So she spoke to The Breakfast Club recently about why she believes that three of the nations biggest retailers are reasons behind her low sales.
“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.
The Best Buy retailer only took limited [quantities] because they’re like ‘Oh we don’t know, we want to play it safe,’ so it’s very difficult and it kind of sets you up to fail. Some of my fans have been driving hours, literally hours, to get one CD. But it is what it is, and I appreciate the support, and I’m excited about the music.”
According to Walmart spokesperson Veronica Marshall, they would’ve sold Nicki Minaj’s CD if she gave them an edited censored version to offer their customers. “We do not carry any music that has a parental advisory label on it. However, we carry edited versions of those music titles. That album did not come with an edited option, so that’s why Walmart isn’t carrying that album.”