Tough love for Tessanne

By Kevin Jackson Observer Writer

Sunday, July 13, 2014

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Count On My Love, the major label album from Tessanne Chin, debuted on the Billboard charts last week but with paltry sales.
The set, released July 1 by Republic Records (a division of Universal Music) as part of Chin’s prize package for winning season five of NBC's The Voice, sold 6,623 copies in its first week.
Approximately 4,986 copies of Count on My Love were sold digitally which was enough for it to enter Billboard’s Top Digital Album chart at number 20.  The difference of 1,637 copies were CDs sold at Walmart stores in the United States.
Its first single, Tumbling Down, failed to chart. The second single, Everything Reminds Me of You, co-produced by Grammy-winning Supa Dups, Mitchum Chin and Willy Chin, was released in May. It has also not made the Billboard charts.
Count On My Love has songs produced by high-profile names such Jerry ‘Wonda’ Duplessis, Norwegian songwriting/production team Stargate, Shama ‘Sak Pase’ Joseph, Mark ‘Exit’ Goodchild and Shauna ‘Sting International’ Pizzonia.
Among the writers who contributed songs are Grammy winner Diane Warren, Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, Johnny Black and Chuck Harmony.
Count on my Love was released almost seven months after Chin won The Voice, earning her national acclaim in Jamaica. Her husky vocals endeared her to judges on the show, especially Adam Levine, Chin's coach.
Count On My Love's low returns are a stark contrast to previous winners of The Voice. In fact, Chin’s set is the lowest in terms of first-week sales.
Season one winner Javier Colon’s self-titled debut for Universal Republic which was released in 2011, began with 9,974 copies. To date the album has sold just under 50,000 copies.
Season three winner Cassadee Pope who is signed to Republic Nashville, got 43,000 copies of her Frame by Frame album last year. Up to April this year, that album has sold 170,000 copies.
Danielle Bradbery, the Season four winner is signed to Big Machine Records. Her self-titled debut opened with 41,000 copies in November last year. To date the album has sold 136,000 copies.
Season two winner Jermaine Paul and Season six winner Josh Kaufman are yet to release albums.
Chin is on The Voice Summer Tour which began June 21. It wraps August 2.


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