Gotta say that I, for one, am dumbfounded, but that’s just me.
Whatever the case, the sales numbers are in at Hits Daily Double, and Lil Wayne has officially sold 1,000,690 copies of his 9th solo album Tha Carter 4. [EDIT: Nielsen Soundscan (the official OFFICIAL) has reported that Lil Wayne sold 964K copies of Tha Carter 4…sorry folks.] It fell just short of becoming the first album since his own Tha Carter 3 (2008) to sell a million or more copies in it’s first week. He also topped the record set a few weeks ago by Jay-Z & Kanye West by selling 300,000 albums on iTunes alone (Jay & Ye did 290K with Watch The Throne in their first week, 400K overall)
And now…a word for the doubters from Young Money president Mack Maine:
Welp. What more can I say.
I listened to the album and wasn’t feeling most of it. That being said there are several songs that are really dope (She Will, Intro, Interlude, Outro, and So Special) and I must congratulate Wayne on his success despite his struggles last year. This is definitely the way you want to come back after being down for a minute. What puzzled me most though, was despite a leak and seemingly no buzz in the streets surrounding the album, he’s still managed to move massive numbers. I then realized that he’s tapped into a whole new marketplace with the release of his rock albums, and songs like “How To Love” on Top 40 radio.
It’ll be interesting to see what trends go forward with the rest of the major rap album releases for the year, specifically Rick Ross’ God Forgives…I Don’t, and Drake’s sophomore effort Take Care.