After more than a year of seeing his self-proclaimed “best work” burn in label purgatory, Tyga was finally able to unearth his fourth solo studio album in The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty through an exclusive streaming deal with Spotify on Tuesday, June 23.
But as far as record sales go, how would the streaming set-up affect his visibility in the marketplace? Complex got ahold of the first-week sales for The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty and it appears that buying wasn’t the focal point for the Young Money rapper’s millions of fans on social media.
He only managed to sell 2,200 copies according to SoundScan.
Now, before everybody goes all Troy Ave on the honorary Kardashian family member, it’s best to take note that the album inconspicuously appeared on iTunes on Friday, June 26, after the Spotify stream and been blasted by the likes of Mrs. Kanye West among others.
Tyga wasn’t oblivious to the jokes, either. He addressed Complex’s call for him to “retire” saying, “@ComplexMag label I put it out for free on spotify last tues. the whole purpose was to stream it.Kuz label problems. Got millions of streams” and relayed to everybody, “Yall mfs is funny. I put my album out myself for free on spotify,soundcloud, YouTube to stream. 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.”
With the release of Apple Music this week, there isn’t any immediate upside to Tyga’s sales tally, either. Maybe we can chalk this one up as a respectable flop?
At press time, the album doesn’t exactly seem to be complying with iTunes all the same. Scroll through the gallery below to see the artwork and credits for The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty.