Dr. Dre ‘Compton’ Album Sales, Week 1 vs. Week 2

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Data sources for album sales of Dr. Dre, ‘Compton’: first week Nielsen Soundscan and Billboard; second-week sales estimate from Hits Daily Double.

16 Responses

  1. Me

    How exactly are these calculations made? What’s the formula?

  2. Curtis Jenkins

    Congrats to DMN for fucking up Dr. Dre’s career.

  3. yummy

    Luke Bryan (-74%) dropped relatively the same as Dr Dre (-84%) so wonder why Dre was singled out? Fits the agenda i suppose?
    Dre didnt have the physical available until this week also.

    nice reporting.

    • Name2

      Was Luke Bryan’s 1st week the same as Dre’s 1st? (I don’t pay too much attention to Hot Chart Action)

      Explains the story being here, then: Great White Hope of country-schlock bro-fests, bested by Dre 1st week out. Paul probably hadn’t cried that hard since the last time somebody dissed Princess Swift.

  4. Name2

    Some context would be helpful. Like, for the last 52 weeks, the sales dip from week#1 to week #2 of a year’s worth of #1 chart debuts.

    Oh, also… please use same source for 1st and 2nd week numbers? Like, duh?

    • Tim F.

      It appears that “Hits Daily Double” — whoever they are — simply takes the Nielsen Soundscan/Billboard numbers and then multiples by some percentage drop, since the math works out perfectly. Of course, since they are dependent on Nielsen Soundscan/Billboard and don’t have their own start numbers or their own second week numbers, that they very likely have no source for this percentage drop either. Can’t find any explanation, no matter how slight, of their methodology on the site whatsoever. In other words, this is nonsense worthy of dismissal.

      And, yes, according to them, but supported by other sites, everyone drops off the planet after the first week and these numbers could still point to a Top Ten Album of the Year.

      Also worth noting that this still has Compton at #3 and that Straight Outta Compton is at $5 and The Chronic is at #24. So I’m not sure what the point here is other than that Dre continues to be a wildly successful artist… Of course, Paul and others at DMN can’t be bothered to construct a 5 word sentence to provide context… unless it’s the same article they post every 3 days quoting from every other article that covers Dre’s violence every few years for the last 25 years while they claim that no one is paying attention to it.

  5. anon

    Album follows normal 2nd week sales pattern with maaaaybe a slightly above-average % drop. Maybe. Awesome news. DMN IS ON IT!

  6. Rickshaw

    Buy the music, get a free pair of Beats headphones. Steal the music, get two pair of headphones.

  7. wallow-T

    Thinking back to the post on restructuring Sony and promoting new releases only to build catalog: How does a release which is only visible for about a week build the mindspace needed to become a valuable part of catalog?

    • Name2

      When the music biz obits are finally written, I hope to see a TOP 10 list here on DMN as to the reasons why. Any decent list will include the suicidal decision to market music releases like films, with the laser-like focus on that “opening weekend”. It eludes our record company overlords that millions of people every weekend are looking for a movie to go to – it’s just a matter of making one choice or another, but $28 bucks is getting spent. Millions of people at watercoolers and on chatrooms worrying about what music to buy that weekend? Yeah, no. That’s never been the case.

      But beyond the alleged “blockbuster mentality”, as the 2nd-most-famous Courtney Love rant will tell you, the majors aren’t even interested in building blockbusting, mega-multiplatinum mindshare creators anymore like “Born in the USA”, “Nevermind”, or “Frampton Comes Alive”. Because, at x-million, the cash flow starts tilting towards the people who actually made the music, and there’s no reason to push an album from 2 million to 5 million, if, after 2 million, it all leaves their hands. They’ll take that market muscle and build another 1.5-million unit release.

      Of course, this luxury has now been removed from their choice-making entirely. It’s 2015, and platinum releases per year can be counted on one hand. Duuuuurp.