Prince's new 3 cd set Lotus Flow3r debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200 with about 168,000 sold, although Hits Magazine had Prince at number 1 with almost 20,000 more copies sold. Keith Urban outsold Prince by 3,000 copies if the numbers stay the same.Hits numbers usually always differ from soundscan, which is what Billboard and the public go by.
We are wondering where those 20,000 copies went or were they not counted. It is an impressive debut but if those 20,000 copies were sold, the CD should be at number 1.
Perhaps what Prince said about the music industry is true and then Bria Valente actually lost the bet....
Billboard is the gold standard. Let me say this; Lotus Flow3er is Prince's best first week sales since 3121, which debuted at number 1 with over 180,000 sold.
The music industry is everchanging and Prince is still that dude challenging it, 25 years after his first number 1 album on Billboard.
Prince (and Bria), you may not have debuted at number 1 but you are number 1 with us.-Dr.FB
NOTE: Lotusflow3r debuted at #1 on the R n B charts and it is the #1 Indie Release.