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T.I. is set to impact The Billboard 200 sales charts in a major way come next week.
According to the industry insiders at hitsdailydouble.com, based off the one-day sales, Tip’s new disc, No Mercy, is projected to sell around 135,00 to 145,000 on next Wednesday’s Nielsen SoundScan report.
The incarcerated rapper’s last disc, 2008’s multi- platinum-selling Paper Trail, topped The Billboard 200 when it was released and sold 568,00 in its first week on shelves.
Stay tuned to DJSmallz.com for the official numbers next week.
On Tuesday, T.I. released his seventh album, No Mercy, was released with the MC behind bars at an Arkansas correctional facility, where he's serving 11 months for a parole violation. While T.I. addressed fans directly Tuesday, thanking them for their support, MTV News spoke with the Grand Hustle rapper's label partner and manager Jason Geter about promoting another Tip album while the MC is away.
"I'm human, so of course it gets frustrating," Geter said. "But at the same time, I'm in it.
"I've been in it since day one. I've been friends with him as well as business partners, so you just have to switch your hats. You have to look at it from both standpoints: the business and the personal side. Sure, I'd be lying if I said it wasn't frustrating for me and for him, but I'm in it to the end."
Geter said he talks to the King of the South quite often.
"I speak to him on a daily basis, through e-mail," Geter said. "He's cool; he's dealing with it. With him, it's crazy. He's better prepared than most for this situation because — I don't want this to sound wrong — but he has been in jail so much. Still, he's definitely tired of it, I'm sure."
Since T.I. is incarcerated in a federal correctional facility, he's allowed access to e-mail, unlike Lil Wayne, who was reprimanded for possessing even an iPod during his stint at Rikers Island. Recently, Tip took to his TrapMuzik.com website and essentially said that if he wasn't such a troublemaker, he wouldn't be as interesting to his fans.
While Geter said, "I don't know if I agree with all of his words," the MC plans to release future online entries: "We're going to do things from time to time and speak out; It'll just be whatever's on his mind," Geter explained.
As for Tip's new wife, Tameka "Tiny" Cottle, whom the MC married earlier this year, she's holding strong.
"His family is very close-knit and very large," Geter said. "Sure, Tiny's there by herself, but her mom and Tip's mom aren't far away. I'm sure the kids are definitely missing their dad. At this point, they're just dealing."
You've heard of a ball drop on New Year's Eve, but MTV has something a little different lined up for its big New Year's Eve celebration this year. "Jersey Shore" star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi will climb into a ball that will be lowered into New York's Times Square to help ring in 2011 at the "MTV New Year's Bash."
She, of course, won't be alone, as castmate the Situation will also be on hand, along with rapper Flo Rida and host comedian Whitney Cummings and another "Jersey" castmember, Pauly D, who will serve as the night's DJ.
It wouldn't be a New Year's celebration without some serious fist-pumping, so the Sitch and other "Jersey Shore" castmembers will help lead the crowd in a fist-pumping frenzy in an attempt to break a Guinness World Record.
In addition to two songs from Flo Rida, the live, hour-long show will feature a celebration of the top entertainment stories of the year, with comedians and celebrities offering their own unique takes on the music, TV shows, Internet happenings, relationships and, yes, douche bags who made 2010 an unforgettable year.
While Cummings will be hosting the show live from the MTV studios in Times Square, the hosts of "The Seven," Kevin Manno and Julie Alexandria, will be reporting on the festivities down below, and the "Shore" kids will make sure to keep the crowd hyped.
They will also be on hand to unveil an exclusive sneak preview of the upcoming third season of the "Shore" during the NYE special, which kicks off at 11 p.m. ET.
Don't miss "MTV New Year's Bash," starting at 11 p.m. ET on New Year's Eve!
Since Donnis’ criminally slept-on track “Gone” didn’t find a spot on radio playlists, Adidas has placed the song in the new Adicolor campaign. Take that program directors. The commercial will debut nationally within the upcoming weeks.