Saweetie’s long-awaited debut album Pretty Bitch Music has faced consistent delays, and after the dismal performance of her recent EP The Single Life on the charts, it may take more than a while before the album eventually sees the light of day.
Despite containing revealing lyrics about her alleged cheating scandal involving Lil Baby and Offset, “The Single Life” EP only managed to move a total 2,000 copies since its release last Friday, November 18.
She now joins a not-so-illustrious club of artists who have had miserable sales in the first week of the project’s release. If you recall, back in 2013 Tyga’s fourth LP The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty sold 2,200 copies in its first week of release, while Troy Ave’s Major Without a Deal managed to sell 4,300. Lil Kim’s 9 album ranks one of the lowest-selling albums in chart history with under 1,000 copies sold opening week.
Though Saweetie continues to promote the project, the EP sales have become the subject of internet jokes.
Veteran producer Sonny Digital found it strange that a famous artist with millions of social media followers could have such low sales.
“13 million followers , hundreds of thousands likes on all pictures but album sold less than 2000 copies. That’s crazy. The math ain’t adding up,” he tweeted on Friday (November 25).
He goes on to say, “If I had millions of followers and my album sold 2k I probably would just delete all my social media cause y’all lying to me.”
“Saweetie pulling lil kim’s 9 sales is catastrophic. She makes glorilla’s numbers look like Adele,” one person tweeted.
Another wrote “Y’all gassed Saweetie into releasing her music without respect to the period of mourning, only for her to sell 2k triple paper plates. I saw a lot of support on SM, that she was entitled to do what she wanted. Does this mean She a 10 on mute? Online support is not offline sales!”
“They talkin bout saweetie sold more McDonald’s meals than album sales,” another person tweeted, along with a laughing emoji.
“Damn that saweetie EP might be the most shocking first week sales I’ve ever seen cuz how you got a million followers and your EP only sells 2 THOUSAND units first week.”
While the jokes are funny, It should be noted that the EP is only 6-songs long, and had almost no promo prior to release.
The Bay Area native is yet to react to her poor EP numbers, but she responded to a tweet by DJ Vlad suggesting her sales would have been “10x” higher if she came on his show.
“If Saweetie did a VladTV interview she would have easily done 10x her first week sales, which was 2000 copies. We actually reached out through one of our people and were told “she won’t do Vlad”. Her loss,” he tweeted.
The Best Friend rapper responded gracefully, letting him know she’s a fan of his show.
“Actually, I been a big fan & have screen recorded my favorite episodes. Here’s one of them. Dates on the top,” she tweeted, adding “So if anyone “reached out” it wasn’t to me or my team.”
The Grammy-nominated artist released her EP The Single Life last week Friday (Nov. 18). On the EP’s lead single “Don’t Say Nothin” the Icy girl seemingly addressed rumors that she was involved with Lil Baby and Offset during and after her relationship with Quavo, which made headlines over the infamous elevator video.
“Why n-ggas always speakin’ on who I’m fuckin’ on? / He must’ve got excited when I FaceTimed with nothin’ on / Them same lips that’s yappin’ be the ones I nutted on / A hunnid K, please, know how much paper I be touchin’ on? / That’s light, better check my net worth / Post a pic in his sweatshirt, I bet it have my ex hurt / That’s what I get for kissin’ on these frogs / He got mad and told my business to the blogs,” Saweetie rapped.
“Saweetie gotta shut the f-ck up,” he declared during an episode of the JBP. “Did you f-ck Offset or not? It was bad timing for whatever she was saying in that freestyle.”
“It ain’t the time for your freestyle,” he continued. “Because what I heard, I honestly didn’t really hear nothin’ directed to Quavo. Like, I just keep hearing Lil Baby, and I think people keep confusing it with Quavo like they did last time. But, either way, it ain’t the time for confusion. It ain’t the time for none of that after they just lost they brother and nephew. It ain’t time for that. Sorry, Saweetie. Push it back. You been quiet. No need to come shake the table now.”
On Tuesday (Nov. 22), Saweetie took to Twitter to clap back at Budden, describing his comments as “misogynistic.”
“Saweetie needs to STFU????? ok joelisha,” she tweeted, before adding: “Is misogynistic behavior normal for HIP HOP culture now? guess so.”
In other charting numbers, Roddy Ricch’s Feed The Streets 3 is expected to move 35k copies, while Rod Wave’s Jupiter’s Diary: 7 Day Theory is on course for 33k.
Download Saweetie’s The Single Life EP here.