Official: Lil Wayne Outdoes Jay-Z by Selling Almost a Million Copies of 'Tha Carter IV'
Lil Wayne has secured his place at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 200. The Young Money rap mogul sells big, even bigger than the previous talk of the town Jay-Z and Kanye West, with his latest studio installment "Tha Carter IV". He pulled in a grand total of 964,000 copies in its opening week, while the "Watch the Throne" duo garnered only half of it with their first joint effort last month.
This way, Weezy officially pushed aside Jigga and Yeezy as a music act with the second-largest sales week of the year. The first biggest sales week of 2011, meanwhile, is still held by Lady GaGa with her "Born This Way" which sold more than a million last July. However, it should be noted that the Mother Monster got such a huge selling number with the help of 99-cent sale pricing on Amazon, while Weezy didn't use such tactics.
Almost half of the "Carter IV" selling number came from digital downloads. The album shifted 362,000 copies from all digital stores in its first week, and reportedly collected around 300,000 copies from iTunes alone. This gives Weezy the second-largest digital sales week of all time for an album, making him once again trailing behind GaGa who got 662,000 downloads with "Born This Way".
Additionally, should the iTunes selling number be true, Weezy sets a new record for the best first-week digital on the digital store. Jigga and Yeezy previously scored the accolade by garnering 321,000 iTunes downloads, beating out Coldplay who held the record for three years by collecting 282,000 downloads with their 2008's "Viva La Vida".
It has been widely known that Weezy and Jigga have been rumored to have a war with each other although there is no official word from both MCs to confirm the reported feud. A few days ago, Weezy caused a buzz on the web when his song "It's Good" which features Drake and Jadakiss came out and contained a not-so-subtle jab at the Roc Nation founder.
The "How to Love" crooner hasn't responded to the alleged diss, but Drizzy has offered his thought about it. "I just got a beat and did a verse over it," the Canadian rhymer told MTV. "Whatever any other individual has to say, you have to ask the man himself. I just did what I know how to do. I just got on a record. I heard the beat, did a verse and heard the final product."
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