By Simon Vozick-Levinson
November 29, 2010 at 05:34 PM EST

Image Credit: Dario Cantatore/Getty ImagesNelly had a big hit this year with “Just a Dream,” but has his comeback stalled out already? His album 5.0 arrived at No. 10 on last week’s Billboard 200 albums chart after selling an underwhelming 63,000 copies in its first week. The rapper thinks his label, Universal Motown, is partly to blame for the album’s weak performance.

“A record deal is a 50/50 partnership!” Nelly wrote on Twitter this weekend. “As a artist its your job to provide the record company with music that they (record company) can sell! Thing about the partnership is that n the public eye the responsibility is not 50/50! the artist is always the 1 who catches 90% of the blame.”

He went on to criticize the label for not promoting the album or providing retailers with enough copies. “If u only ship [200,000 copies] of an album how many are u f—ing tryen to sell?? 5.0 Every1 luvs da album n say its crazy! So wen u hear folks say they didnt no it was out r there were hardly any n the store! WTF?”

Universal Motown has not commented in response. What do you think of Nelly’s complaints? Did you buy 5.0? Whose fault are the low sales?

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