Who said album leaks are a bad thing? Not Lil Wayne. In the wake of new estimates that predict his new album Tha Carter IV will move close to a million units this week, he says he's happy the album hit the Internet in the week prior to its release.
"We did real good this time, real good," Wayne told MTV News. "It just means people want to hear it. I mean, 'cause there're people's albums that come out that can be leaked and don't leak, so I'm glad mines leaked."
His associates don't seem too concerned either. Cash Money CEO has been bigging up the album all week on his Twitter account all week, predicting a million first-week sales, much like Weezy's 2008 Tha Carter III. On Monday, he wrote, "C4.BMJR.#Dont Lie 1m. 1week They Know." The tweet seemed to be a jab at Wayne's long-time frenemy Jay-Z, who famously said, "Men lie, women lie, numbers don't" at the American Music Awards in 2009.
Young Money's Mack Maine agreed. "I think we should still do well," he said on Sunday. "The leak shouldn't have affected it that much. Actually, this is the first time that the albums leaked so close [to the release date]. Tha Carter III leaked two weeks before and we still did [1 million] the first week. So if history repeats itself, we shouldn't have any problems."
And with sales numbers already pouring, it seems they're right. On Tuesday, Billboard estimated that Tha Carter IV was on pace to sell between 850,000 and 900,000 copies in its first week. Then, yesterday HITS Daily Double predicted would the album sell more than 975,000 copies. Both estimates put Wayne's sales far, far ahead of the 436,000 Kanye and Jay's Watch the Throne moved.
Seems like Weezy's flow of Young Money isn't stopping anytime soon.
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