Lil Wayne Still No. 1

Lil Wayne Still No. 1

Tha Carter IV tops the charts for the second week in a row despite a sharp drop in sales.

Published September 15, 2011

Lil Wayne will best the competition for the second week in a row.

His smash album, Tha Carter IV, which sold nearly a million records its first week, will yet again top the Billboard charts this week, selling over 100k more than the runner-up Adele's 21. However, sales of the LP nose-dived 77 percent compared to last week—though that still adds up to an not-too-bad 219,000 units, pushing Tha Carter IV past the platinum mark to a total of 1.2 million sales.

We wonder how Young Money CEO Mack Maine feels about it? Two weeks ago he spoke with XXL about the importance of long-term sales rather than first-week numbers. “I said this before,” he said. “I told Nicki—she was kinda nervous about her first-week sales—I said, ‘First week sales don’t matter.’ I’d rather my final sales matter. I know albums from Juvenile 400 Degreez to Beiber’s first album sold 20,000 or 30,000 the first-week and went on to sell 2 million one album then 6 million on another album... With Wayne, I don’t want him to sell a million the first-week, [and] then drop to 100,000 the next week then 50,00 the following week. I’d rather sell ten times platinum total.”

Why do you think sales of Tha Carter IV dove last week? Let us know in the comments below.

(Photo: Courtesy Young Money Records)

Written by Alex Gale


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