Former Young Money artist Omarion's Ollusion album is projected to sell up to 22,000 units this week according to first-day estimates.
According to reports, the singer's post-Young Money album will land on the charts next week.
The only other album of note hitting this week is Music Works/EMI's Omarion, which looks to be in the 18-22k range. Despite a strong top of the chart, which was actually up over a comparable period last year, overall sales are still down. The market was down 24% vs. last week, down 5% vs. same week last year and down 5% year to date. (Hits Daily Double)
The singer recently spoke on branching away from Lil Wayne's label.
"It feels amazing," Omarion expressed. "Amazing, and the reason why it feels amazing is because I would have never thought at 25 I would have the opportunity to be in this position. A lot of artists, and I'm guilty of this too, it's like when you get into a habit of a regiment, like going on tour, hitting the stage, getting off, going to the hotel, next city, hit the stage, getting off, it can really put you in a box of not thinking about your future. So at different times, I was at that time in my career where I was cool with everything and when you look at movies like [Michael Jackson's] This Is It, your peers, they never wanna stop, they want to keep going, what's the next thing? So with me, I'm happy to be the captain of my ship and to be able to keep going." (The Cost Mag)
O previously addressed rumors that former collaborator/Cash Money newcomer Bow Wow forced him to leave Young Money.
"Business-wise, Young Money and Cash Money are two totally separate entities," O explained in an interview. "Wayne has his group of artists and Cash Money has its group of artists. It is one big family but Bow Wow, he's under Birdman. That didn't have anything to do with me wanting to be released...The whole Young Money situation was a really, really great idea in the beginning. But when I really started to think about the history of superstars, you know, they stand alone..." (Vibe)
Lil Wayne also weighed in on the singer's departure citing their creative differences as a determining factor.
"Uhm, we made different decisions," Weezy explained in an interview with radio personality Tim Westwood. "And time is nothing when you, there's no deadline or nothing like that when you're making decisions on your future, on your career. For a person like me, I don't put no deadline on it because today you can say 'I wanna do this' and tomorrow [or] that night you can say, 'I wanna think it over and do something different.' It is your career, it is your future and it is your life and I respect that and that's all it was. Different decisions was made and I let him make his decision and his decision was to go another route. Yeah. Nah, leaking the records? They leaked the records after that, after the decision. The records leaked after the decision, yeah, so it was nothing to do with the leaking of the records. Dude just made different decisions and went on the road somewhere else." (Tim Westwood TV)