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R.I.P. CD’s

March 28, 2012 · Posted in editorial · 17 Comments 

Wiz Khalifa’s Taylor Allderdice mixtape once again showed us the power of digital music, and how powerless physical music is. Khalifa’s Taylor Allderdice almost immediately crashed DatPiff due to the thousands of fans rushing to download Khalifa’s first solo project since Rolling Papers. Rostrum Records CEO, Benjy Grinberg, tweeted that Khalifa’s DatPiff page was getting over 20,000 refreshes a second! LiveMixtapes soon followed and crashed as well. In total, Khalifa Man took down two websites in a matter of 15 minutes. Although these numbers are impressive, they shouldn’t really surprise anybody anymore. Rick Ross’ Rich Forever crashed LiveMixtapes itself. Led by “Stay Schemin'”, Rozay had every blog in the sphere buzzing. These events combined with the Careless World & WZRD stats, reassure that physical music is no longer necessary to survive in this era. The physical CD is irrelevant, just like any artist who completely relies on it.

Wiz Khalifa, and Rick Ross proved that an artist doesn’t need an album to create hype. Actually, sometimes more hype surrounds around a mixtape. It’s just a different experience when everyone listens to the same thing at the same time. Leaks have ruined that experience for physical CD’s. As of right now, Taylor Allderdice has 2.5 million views on DatPiff with 680,000 downloads. On DatPiff, Rozay has 2.3 million views, and 1.1 million downloads. LiveMixtape numbers have been excluded since they do not provide exact download numbers. Like I said, sometimes mixtapes stir up more buzz than albums. At one point, mixtapes were considered compliments to albums, but they’re starting to become the main attraction. Musically, many fans appreciate mixtapes more than albums. How many times have you seen, “Kush & OJ>Rolling Papers,” or “Dedication’s>Tha Carter’s?” A mixtape is no longer just a compliment to an album.

Rich Forever, and Taylor Allderdice definitely raised more than a few eyebrows. But, nothing raised more eyebrows than the Careless World, and WZRD sales figures. Due to an unauthorized sample on his album, Tyga’s Careless World was recalled from retailers. Little to no physical copies were sold during Tyga’s first week. Surprisingly, Tyga still moved an impressive 61,000 albums nabbing him a #4 debut. Many of his teenage fans were going to digitally buy his album anyways, so the impact of these numbers were somewhat downplayed. A few weeks after that, Kid Cudi & Dot Da Genius dropped WZRD. WZRD fans are a little older than Tyga fans, so when Cudi accused Universal Republic of under-shipping the album, not many expected a top 5 debut. Shockingly, WZRD debuted at #3 with 66,000 copies sold. If it weren’t for Adele’s 21, and Whitney Houston’s Greatest Hits, Cudi & Dot would’ve topped the charts. In both of these cases, physical albums played a minor role, yet albums were still sold at an impressive rate. Physical CD’s are no longer necessary to survive.

These Tyga fans who bought Careless World, their children will not even know what a CD is. We all know the CD is going out of fashion, but we never knew it was disappearing this fast. We’re 3 months into the year, and we’ve already had 4 events that prove that physical music is practically worthless. As proved by Rick Ross, and Wiz Khalifa, you no longer need an album to generate hype. Their mixtapes will probably generate more hype than their albums. Tyga, and WZRD showed us that even with little physical albums on store shelves, an artist can still produce big numbers. Personally, I’d rather have a physical album because I feel like I actually bought something. I might have to change my habits though. In 5-10 years, CD’s will probably become extinct because as of right now, they’re an endangered species.

Written by @QuezKHH, like me on facebook.


17 Responses to “R.I.P. CD’s”

  1. Carmine on March 28th, 2012 4:09 am


    I always thought mixtapes were what generated hype for albums.

    And Quez, you’re completely disregarding one fact: mixtapes are free, albums cost money. A price of $10, which many albums are sold at nowadays is enough to deter a lot of people from purchase.


  2. Lol Omg on March 28th, 2012 5:10 am

    Free music will always get more attention… If you do first week sales, you’ll always have this…
    For every person that buys an album, there are 3, 4 or even 5 people that illegally download it, especially in Hip-Hop and Rap. It’s sad though people don’t support artists this day though… Nothing can be done.


    Takeover Reply:

    @Lol Omg,

    More than 3, 4, or 5. Probably close to 15-18 people download illegally per person who actually buys the album.


  3. Youngin on March 28th, 2012 6:37 am

    I’ll never buy a rap album,I swear


  4. Houston Trill Nigga on March 28th, 2012 9:15 am

    I’m pretty sure it wasn’t only two websites that crashed. I tried 5+ in twenty minutes…

    ~Roll it, light it


  5. MosDef on March 28th, 2012 9:25 am

    Im probably one of the few that still buys CDs lol nothing like having that original copy. that’s the spot!


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    Curt Reply:

    @MosDef, Cd’s are still the way to go. Haha we are few in numbers these days


    MosDef Reply:

    @Curt, hell yaa lol especially when its a hard copy of an underground CD lol


  6. BBCEO on March 28th, 2012 10:48 am

    Wayne sold 900000 copies in one week but only 300000 were downloaded so its still quite necessary and we can’t buy mixtapes so i wouldnt say that CDs will disapear but the article is really nice


  7. Towaway on March 28th, 2012 10:49 am

    Last CD I purchased was Take Care and that was just because my car doesn’t have MP3 options. Still downloading most of my music. Good editorial Quez.


    Billy JEan Reply:

    @Towaway, Same!


  8. jezuz!! on March 28th, 2012 1:43 pm

    tbh if i can download an album for free why df would i pay for it?
    i dnt care if he/she is my fav artist or w.e.


  9. tom ruch on March 28th, 2012 2:30 pm

    I think its true. People would rather download a mixtape for free than buy an album on itunes or in the store. I do both. I recently bought biggies ready to die and life after death and 50’s get rich or die tryin. The last cd i bough was ice cubes amerikkkas most wanted.


  10. Curt on March 28th, 2012 5:26 pm

    I usually download the album first. If I like it I’ll go buy it. Like I just ordered an album I’ve had for weeks by a guy named Sol': Yours Truly a couple days ago


  11. DaBossdpl on March 28th, 2012 5:58 pm

    I can’t imagine what is going to happen when Drake x Rick Ross release YOLO later this year.


  12. WhatSheOrder?GordansFisherman on March 29th, 2012 4:05 pm

    i still buy cds, dont trust my evil computer -_-


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