Lil Wayne's highly anticipated "Tha Carter IV" has taken the throne from Jay-Z and Kanye, by beating their "Watch the Throne" album's single-week iTunes sales record. Three weeks ago, Jay-Z and Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam's "Watch the Throne" set the bar at 290,000 for its first four days out. Lil Wayne, Birdman and YMCMB we able to just edge them out with 300,000 units sold in the first four days.
"Watch The Throne" was a first for a highly-anticipated big-name album not being leaked. Jay-Z insisted that all recordings and production was never transferred online. Everything was carried in portable hard drives protected by bio-metric security that would only allow certain finger prints to access the info. A rumor was the sound engineers in charge of the hard drives were given Rolex watches to keep them loyal to the Throne.
Tha Carter IV managed to leak 5 days early, which didn't worry Lil Wayne who said he didn't mind and was glad fans were interested. If Tha Carter 4 sells more than 850,000 copies, it will be the biggest first album sales week by a male artist or for a hip hop album. The previous record was also set by Lil Wayne, with his release of Tha Carter III in 2008, which sold 1.01 million by the end of the first week. This made Tha Carter III one of 17 albums to sell a million or more units in a single week.
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Lil Wayne has already released a few singles, starting with "6 Foot 7 Foot" featuring Cory Gunz, which hit #9 on the US Billboard Hot 100. He then released the single "John" featuring Rick Ross on March 24, which reached 22. "How to Love" was released next on May 31 which peaked at 5. Drake was featured in "She Will" which was released August 12 and was his highest charting single at 3, it was also his last single before the album drop.
We'll find out the official sales numbers this week, which everyone expects to break the million mark.
UPDATE: First week numbers are in, "Tha Carter IV sold 940,000 which is more than double of "Watch the Throne" which sold only 436,000 in its first week.