Rza was right when he said he would probably take a financial bath on A Better Tomorrow. The Wu-Tang Clan's sixth album was pretty much dead on arrival, moving only 21,573 in its first week of release.
Those are just terrible numbers for a band of Wu's legendary stature. Even if you take into account how hard it has been to sell Hip Hop albums this year.
Eminem's Shady XV topped the Hip Hop charts in its second week, moving 27,903 copies, for a total of around 175,000. Rick Ross's Hood Billionaire added 20,193 it is now at almost exactly 100,000 after two weeks.
Two other music industry vets had much better opening weeks than the Wu. Aussie rockers AC/DC moved 165,000 copies of Rock or Bust, and Mary J. Blige's The London Sessions opened at a hair below 50,000.
Taylor Swift's 1989 was the week's biggest seller, doing 228,000 for a total of close to three million.
Given Wu-Tang's dreadful performance, do you think the Staten Island collective is done?