Ryan Leslie Reacts To First Week Sales Of ‘Transition’

First of all, props to Honeymag for doing this interview coz someone finally managed to ask the big question that was on a lot of people’s minds: What does R Les think of the poor (12k) first week numbers that Transition moved?

We finally have the answer and here goes the quote:

HoneyMag: For such a quality album, your first week sales for Transition were pretty underwhelming. How did you react when you heard the news?

Ryan Leslie: My reaction to sales is always the same. When you do something extraordinary, people are going to respond in an extraordinary way. I’m just very appreciative that I can make music and put it out and people are going to respond the way that they want. At this point, I just want to make the best music I can make. What’s underwhelming in terms of sales? Was there an expectation that I was going to sell one million records on week one? Uh, no. The level of exposure that I have currently would make that nearly impossible. You’ve got to think of a guy who came out this year [Ryan’s self-titled debut album was released in February], the number of people who have been exposed to my music in the last two years, especially without having a Top 10 Pop single ever, we have numbers that are very proportionate and correlate with the amount of people who know who I am.

You can go here and read the rest where he discuses about the upcoming documentary, his personal life, relationships and his style influence.

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  • Tisto

    good find. Ive always wondered what he thinks of those nos. And um still surprised that there isnt much promo. even the docu has been delayed a lot..

  • http://hiphop-n-more.com Navjosh

    Oh yea, there has been a lack a pormo without a doubt. I guess the label isnt sure about spending enough marketing dollars on him.