When Lil Wayne sold a million units of “Tha Carter III” in 2008, the number was impressive but not shocking. Weezy was on fire, and songs like “A Milli” and “Lollipop” made the album highly anticipated.
The sales of CDs have been on a steady decline as digital music has gained popularity. As a result, many of music’s biggest stars have a hard time selling 1 million CDs during the promotional run of the project. So for anyone to sell that many copies in a week beyond huge.
Lil Wayne’s follow up “Tha Carter IV” was released digitally after the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards aired on August 28th (the night he rocked leopard print jeggings), and it sold 362,000 copies. Plus, it broke iTunes’ record for the most album sales in a single week, dethroning Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Watch The Throne” after only three weeks.
“Tha Carter IV” was forecast to sell about 850,000 digital and physical copies combined, but Lil Wayne beat that number easily by selling 964,000 in CDs alone, according to Billboard.com. (Digital and CD sales combined bring “Tha Carter IV” to over 1.3 million units sold in one week.)
Did Lil Wayne actually sell that many copies? He’s not as hot now as he was when he sold 1.1 million copies of “Tha Carter III” in one week back in 2008. “How To Love” and “She Will” are number 7 and 17, respectively on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, but their buzz doesn’t match the heat “A Milli” and “Lollipop” generated.
Did Cash Money Records, the label Lil Wayne’s signed to, purchase copies to boost the record sales so Weezy could have the bragging rights of selling over a million units in one week twice? Or did Weezy really do what seemed like the impossible? Cash Money CEO Birdman denies this rumor during an interview with Sway on his Shade 45 morning show by stating, “That’s hustling backwards; we ain’t in it for that.”
We want to know what you think. Did Lil Wayne’s team help him by buying up copies of “Tha Carter IV” or not? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!