The numbers are in for The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty and they do not look good; T-Raww's latest album garnered a paltry 2,200 sales in its first week.
Indeed, Tyga primarily encouraged people to listen to the album via Spotify, but one would think that his fame alone would give him better sales numbers than Troy Ave, who's Major Without A Deal garnered 4,373 sales in its first week.
Tyga defended his album's numbers today on Twitter. "I put it out for free on spotify last tues. the whole purpose was to stream it.Kuz label problems. Got millions of streams," he wrote.
Per Billboard, 1,500 song streams is equivalent to one full album sale, which seems like a raw deal for the artist. With The Gold Album presently at about 4 million streams according to Complex, the math comes out to 2,667 album sales via Spotify. Which, combined with his official sales numbers, puts him over Troy Ave.
The Gold Album has received less than spectacular reviews; its HNHH reader rating is currently hovering in the 40% range. Perhaps its low sales numbers are for the best.
Yall mfs is funny. I put my album out myself for free on spotify,soundcloud, YouTube to stream.— T-Raww (@Tyga) July 1, 2015
Didn't plan on selling it Kuz of label problems. It's a dope album. Got a lot of great feedback and millions of streams.— T-Raww (@Tyga) July 1, 2015