Austin Mahone may have a ton of loyal fans, but it appears none of them are willing to spend their money on his music.
Although many people assumed that Mahone’s The Secret would sell a ton of copies as soon as it hit retail shelves, apparently that hasn’t happened yet. A lot of people were quick to pre-order the songs earlier this month, but apparently that flame burned out quicker than his record label had hoped.
Perez Hilton reports that Austin Mahone’s handlers aren’t exactly pleased with the record’s performance thus far. Since the guy has a strong following on social media, his label thought he’d end up selling truckloads of copies without breaking a sweat.
“The kid can close down any mall in America, but we are struggling to sell a meaningful amount of records,” Republic Records president Avery Lipman recently explained. As of this writing, The Secret has only moved approximately 46,000 units. Yikes.
Since Austin Mahone didn’t sell as many copies of his album as troubled pop star Justin Bieber, this left quite a few people with a lot of head scratching on their hands. By the way — Mahone is getting a little tired of the constant Bieber comparisons. In other words, everyone should probably cut it out.
The singer told Radio.com:
“They see a young kid who sings and dances and… they’re like, `Oh another Justin Bieber.’ Like, you don’t even know. You don’t know me. You don’t know my music. You’re just making assumptions. I may not be the best dancer or the best performer right now, but I’m always getting better. Next year I’ll be even better than I am now. And the year after that, I’ll just keep getting better.”
Despite the weak album sales, it’s clear that Austin Mahone fans are madly in love with The Secret. Check out some Twitter reactions to the songs below.
I'm OBSESSED with the song 'Secret' from @AustinMahone EP 'The Secret' If you don't have it go buy it on iTunes! It's amazing
— ☼Beach Girl☼ (@CodyisFIYM_64) June 14, 2014
The Secret is still my favourite album, @AustinMahone thank you for producing such amazing music that inspires me to be a singer man <3
— niamh (@camilajauregxi) June 14, 2014
Austin mahone's secret album gave me Eargasms…
— Francine Lilian (@francine_lilian) June 14, 2014
Are you surprised that Austin Mahone is suffering from poor album sales? Did you pick up a copy of The Secret?
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