Lil Wayne’s eagerly anticipated album Tha Carter IV is on course to smash iTunes records.
According to our US Team, Weezy’s fifth studio LP looks likely to sell more than 850,000 copies in its first week – eclipsing the previous record held by Jay-Z and Kanye West’s joint album, Watch The Throne.
The How To Love rapper’s record label has stated that Tha Carter IV sold than 300,000 downloads on iTunes in its first four days of release last week.
The album, which was released digitally right after the 2011 MTV VMAs, is also on pace to have the second biggest first-week sales of 2011, according to the Hollywood Reporter, with expected sales of 850,000.
Only Lady GaGa’s hit album Born This Way has sold more this year, shifting a cool 1.1 million copies.
The combined physical and digital sales would make for the biggest first week for a hip-hop album since Tha Carter III, which sold 1.01 million in its first week in June 2008.
Following the leak of the LP before its official release date, Wayne also told MTV US that he was “glad” his fans got to hear a sneak peek of his new material.
The 28-year old star explained: “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.”