This weekend marked the arrival of two of the year’s most highly anticipated albums: Pusha-T’s DAYTONA and ASAP Rocky’s TESTING. Though each of the projects has garnered critical praise, the former has eclipsed the latter in both news coverage and social media discussions, thanks in large part to the Drake diss included on “Infrared.”
Drizzy’s subsequent “Duppy Freestyle” and $100,000 invoice stunt have only fueled the buzz surrounding DAYTONA. But will this drama help Pusha land a bigger debut than Rocky? It doesn’t look that way.
According to projections published by Hits Daily Double, DAYTONA is expected to move between 65,000 to 75,000 units in its first week, while TESTING is forecasted to rack in between 80,000 and 100,000. Now, considering all the attention Pusha's project has received, some of you might be wondering: How? Well, it all comes down to the length of the tracklists. DAYTONA features only seven cuts, and TESTING spans 15. The fact that Rocky's album is more than double the length of Pusha's effort means it will likely get a lot more streams.
Perhaps Pusha will reconsider his commitment to abbreviated projects once he realizes how it'll affect his spot on the charts. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the G.O.O.D. Music president suggested he would never do an album that was more than seven tracks.
“Seven songs is the easiest thing,” he told the publication. “I may never make another album over seven songs again in my life.”