No one is suggesting that Kid Rock and his camp are unhappy with initial sales of his latest album, Cocky, which has so far sold more than 337,000 copies and debuted at Number Seven on the Billboard 200 its first week out. But there are those in the industry who expected it to do even better as the follow-up to 1998’s 10 million-selling Devil Without A Cause, and there were hopes that it would debut closer to Creed’s Weathered, which premiered at Number One on sales of almost 880,000. This week Cocky is Number 15 with sales of nearly 115,000, while Creed continues to own the top spot with sales of 417,000 copies.
Uncle Kracker, the DJ in Kid Rock’s Twisted Brown Trucker Band as well as a solo artist in his own right, said that Rock and company have no real complaints about Cocky’s early showing. “I’m happy that it did what it did, and obviously I wish it would’ve done better, but you know what? The last one (Devil) didn’t do so good when it came out, neither. (I’m) not saying this isn’t good. I mean, that’s a lot more than I ever sold in one week. That’s more than a lot of people sell in a week, but it’ll build. You know, I think the next single will make a big difference, too.”
There’s no word yet on what the follow-up will be to the album’s first single, “Forever.” Rock and Twisted Brown Trucker are slated to appear at an MTV-sponsored USO concert on Saturday (December 8) in Hamburg, Germany.
Meanwhile, Uncle Kracker’s debut album Double Wide was just certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of 2 million copies.