There has been a buzz about [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lil Wayne[/lastfm]’s last episode of Tha Carter Series ever since Tha Carter IV was delayed and then delayed again … and then pushed back once more. In fact a lot of people started to question whether it would come out at all. But it did.
When the album dropped just after Weezy closed out the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards on August 29th, sources projected that the album would do very well, even edge out [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jay-Z[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kanye West[/lastfm]’s Throne at 436,000 CDs.
Within hours of its release, Tha Carter IV was projected to sell upwards of one million copies between digital and hard copies of the album. The numbers are in and Lil Tunechi has smashed records left and right.
First, he broke the iTunes record for first week sales, racking up more than 300,000 downloads in the first four days of its release, an honor previously held by Watch The Throne. And while he didn’t quite reach a Million, there is the little fact that Tha Carter IV is currently Number 1 on the Billboard Charts with 965,000 copies sold. Not to mention he accomplished these numbers AFTER his album already leaked online.
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Birdman implied that this accomplishment marked a whole new era of music upon us.
Others thought to praise that this isn’t the first time Lil Wayne breached a million in album sales, referring to the 2008 release Tha Carter III, which sold 1.1 Mil its first week.
And of course Wayne shouted out himself and his fans.
The album spawned hit songs in “6’7” and summer smash, “How to Love,” so these numbers seemed not only plausible, but likely. Still, the naysayers spoke up and started a rumor that [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Birdman[/lastfm] and the YMCMB team inflated their own numbers by buying the album themselves; the answer adamantly is “no”.
In a recent interview, Birdman addressed rumors that he bought a lot of the album himself.
“I press and distribute ’em. Ain’t no need for me to buy ’em. That’s hustling backwards; we ain’t in it for that. I ain’t ever been a part of that type of scheme to be buyin’ records. We don’t do that, homie. We be working too hard to be—that don’t go with what we do.”
Well that settles that.
If you don’t have a copy of Lil Wayne’s latest, you probably want to go get it soon, everyone else already has.
And a little bonus for your listening pleasure. This one is explicit and NSFW, so cover those ears, kids!
- If you are one of the almost million people who bought this album, what do you think of it? Better than Watch The Throne? Does is live up to the hype, the numbers? Comment!