Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV Clocks In At 1 Mil Sales In First Week

Rapper/rocker/pop singer Lil Wayne released his latest studio album, Tha Carter IV, last week and, according to Billboard, already sold around one million copies of it–964,000 to be exact–making it his first album since Tha Carter III (2008)to sell that many records in a week.

The 15-song album features artists ranging from Tech N9ne to John Legend and lyrics ranging from puns about painkillers to puns about pain. In other words, there is something for everyone. In “How To Love,” Wayne paints a portrait of a hurt, helpless and beautiful woman, crooning in his signature smoke and syrup scratched voice over acoustic guitar and minimal percussion. In “How To Hate,” he does the opposite. But one still gets a sense that there is more to this album, more thought, heart, effort, than any of his previous releases, and, though maybe not the same Weezy F Baby we’ve all grown to know and love, ultimately more greatness.

Recording sessions for Tha Carter IV began back in 2008 after the release of aforementioned Tha Carter III, but were put on hold and pushed back while Weezy went to jail, where, by the way, he managed to release a full-length studio album. When he was released from Rikers this past year, he teamed up with a whole hodgepodge of rappers and producers and started over from scratch. He even released a free mixtape online titled Sorry 4 Tha Wait, to tide fans over until the release of Tha Carter IV. I guess they weren’t that upset.

Whether one agrees with Wayne that Wayne is “the best rapper alive” or not, the numbers speak for themselves. One million copies. To put it in perspective, Jay-Z and Kanye’s new album Watch The Throne sold 436,000. Red Hot Chili Peppers I’m With You? 200,000.

Mack Maine, CEO of Young Money Entertainment, the record label Wayne founded in 2007, has been tweeting about the event all day.  Upon hearing the news, Weezy tweeted “Thanx to all who bought my album and helped me feed my family! I love u all! I honestly do. God knows this is true.” He later wrote, “Jus fin sk8’n @ The Berrics wit Steve Berra & Mike Mo! Wtf! I got 2 see Mike break a board & still do trix wit jus half of board & 2 wheels!” TC mark

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  • Andrew Edminister

    The Berrics is pretty much the cool hangout spot these days. Never figured Mike Mo and Wayne kickin it together, the odd future clan makes a little more sense to be lurking that spot. Either way, insane numbers for this album.

    • http://www.smokingonanemptystomach.blogspot.com Jordan

      i feel it

  • http://twitter.com/scottneyspears Scott

    watch the throne sold 80,ooo this week. the way you worded that was misleading and made it sound like watch the throne sold 80,000 in it’s opening week. it actually sold 436,000.

    • http://www.smokingonanemptystomach.blogspot.com Jordan

      i corrected the sentence/fact, thank you

  • http://heheheheheheheeheheheehehe.com/ tao

    red hot ass chili peppers

    • http://www.smokingonanemptystomach.blogspot.com Jordan

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jonathon-Ferrari/100001319787228 Jonathon Ferrari

        I’ve been making the Will/Drummer comparison for years. I feel you like justified my existance.

  • FangsFoo

    I’m pretty sure feeding his family isn’t a problem unless they eat diamonds.

    • http://www.smokingonanemptystomach.blogspot.com Jordan

      hehe

      unless one of his kids has like, a weird mouth condition where he can’t eat until he gets a million dollar surgery or something i guess

      or like…maybe he literally meant that he wanted to feed his family, like, feed them their food with his hands, and at a family function made a bet with them that if he sold 1mil copies he could feed them and if not [something]

  • spencasaurus

    very happy abt no “a milli” puns

    • http://www.smokingonanemptystomach.blogspot.com Jordan

      damn, didn’t even think of that, nice

    • http://www.smokingonanemptystomach.blogspot.com Jordan

      damn, didn’t even think of that, nice

  • newbornrodeo

    This was news on Tuesday (five years ago Internet time). Also, Taylor Swift sold 1 million copies first week last year. Fact check.

    • http://www.smokingonanemptystomach.blogspot.com Jordan

      i think, objectively, this would still be considered ‘news,’ as it seems both, in my view, recent and importantalso, i wrote/sent the article on tuesday [http://www.flickr.com/photos/jordanjcastro/6130664042/in/photostream]thank you for the information re taylor swift, i corrected the sentencei’ve been really into this song by her recently: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYa1eI1hpDE&ob=av2e

  • http://www.nosexcity.com NoSexCity

    I feel totally behind the times (ha!) for not having heard a single song off this album yet, especially given my love for really bad top 40’s rap. 

    Total aside: every time I see someone calling it syrup I want to correct it to sizzurp. We can blame the, uh, “lyrical geniuses” of Three 6 for that one.

    • http://www.smokingonanemptystomach.blogspot.com Jordan

      hehe

      i think, based on what i’ve heard in rap songs/people talking, “syrup” means promethazine-codeine syrup (same as “sizzurp”) but “sizzurp” is just a more swagged out way of saying it (e.g. “for sure”/”for shizzle”)

      i think i usually call it “lean”. other words for it include “drank,” “dirty sprite,” “mud,” “texas tea,” “purple drank”

      i really like juicy j of three 6 mafia.  i’ve been really into this song by him recently: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adURRooamJ4&feature=related

      • http://www.nosexcity.com NoSexCity

        Not that one word is more correct than the other, just that it’s what comes to mind.

      • http://www.smokingonanemptystomach.blogspot.com Jordan

        hehe, i didn’t mean to imply anything via listing names for syrup, i think i just felt excited and wanted to type things about it…lol…

      • http://www.nosexcity.com NoSexCity

        Not that one word is more correct than the other, just that it’s what comes to mind.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jonathon-Ferrari/100001319787228 Jonathon Ferrari

      Does Wayne qualify has “bad top 4o rap”?

      • http://www.nosexcity.com NoSexCity

        Matter of opinion, but I’m going to go not very far out on a limb and say yes.

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