Lil Wayne was thisclose to making history as the first rap act to open with back-to-back million-selling albums. Thanks to record-setting iTunes sales of 300,000, plus the push provided by a post-VMA on-sale stunt, Weezy’s eagerly anticipated Tha Carter IV will debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week on sales of 964,000, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
That’s more than enough to win out over funky veterans the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who land at #2 with I’m With You thanks to sales of 229,000. That figure is less than half as much as the band’s previous release, the double album Stadium Arcadium, which moved 443,000 copies in its first week on the charts in 2006.
Dance master David Guetta has a solid debut with his star-packed Nothing but the Beat, which lands at #5 (56,000), just barely edging out country singer Jake Owen’s Barefoot Blue Jean Night (55,000).
A number of other artists got a VMA bump, including Adele, whose 21 is up 88 percent to 154,000 (putting her just shy of 3.3 million to date) and Beyoncé’s 4, which climbs five spots to #7 as sales rose by 87 percent to 39,000. Perhaps the biggest boost, though, belonged to VMA performers Young the Giant, whose self-titled debut was up 189 percent to 10,000, jumping 88 spots to #42.
The rest of the top 10: Jay-Z and Kanye West, Watch the Throne (#4, 80,000); Game, The R.E.D. Album (#8, 39,000); Barbra Streisand, What Matters Most: Barbra Streisand Sings the Lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman (#9, 37,000) and NOW 39 (#10, 36,000).
Classic rocker Lenny Kravitz sneaks into the top 20 with his latest, Black and White America, which debuts at #18 (19,000), while country icon Glen Campbell’s final album, Ghost on the Canvas, hits #24 (14,000) and Jill Scott hits #28 with The Original Jill Scott: From the Vault, Vol. 1 (13,000).
A few other acts got some VMA boost as well, including Chris Brown, whose F.A.M.E. is up 43 percent and eight spots to #44 (10,000) and Best New Artist winner Tyler, the Creator’s Goblin, which surges 54 spots to #48 (10,000). Pre-show performers Cobra Starship debut at #50 with Night Shades (9,000). Not only does Lil Wayne top the charts, but his previous album, Tha Carter III, is up 79 percent to #72 on sales of 7,000.
Wayne, of course, tops the iTunes albums chart, followed by the Chili Peppers, Adele, Guetta, Jay and Kanye, a remastered version of the Beatles’ 1, Owen, Foster the People’s self-titled debut, the Pistol Annies’ Hell on Heels and Mumford & Sons’ Sigh No More.
The iTunes singles chart still belongs to Adele, who takes the week with her new single, “Someone Like You,” beating out Foster the People’s breakthrough “Pumped Up Kicks.” In at #3 is “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5, then Lady Gaga’s “You and I,” Cobra Starship’s “You Make Me Feel,” Lil Wayne’s “Mirror,” Rihanna’s “Cheers (Drink to That),” Gym Class Heroes’ “Stereo Hearts,”
LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” and Beyoncé’s “Love on Top.”
With few major releases due this week, look for Wayne to keep the crown for another round. By Lawson
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.”
Rihanna has got down and dirty for lads mag Esquire after being named this year’s Sexiest Woman Alive.
The publication has made a short clip to celebrate RiRi’s new title, showing the Barbadian beauty completely naked and rubbing dirt over her face and nude torso.
The 23-year old, who appears to be topless in the video, also pouts at the camera as she proves why she is worthy of the sexy accolade.
Earlier this week, Rihanna also announced that she has scrapped plans of releasing a repackaged edition of her hit LP Loud, and will instead release a brand new album.
The Barbadian beauty tweeted: “I tht abt a RihRelease, but LOUD is its own body of work! Plus u guys work so F?CKIN hard that u deserve to act brand new!!! (sic)”
We can’t wait to hear RiRi’s new material!
Cheryl Cole has finally ruled out a reconciliation with her ex-husband Ashley, according to reports.
A friend told the Sunday Mirror the star felt she had exhausted all her options with the footballer and was ready to “cleanse” herself and start anew. “Cheryl finally made the decision that it’s all over,” the friend is quoted as saying. “She felt mentally drained from everything he put her through and she partly blames herself for letting him back into her life.
“She’s completely cut herself off from him to cleanse herself of him, including deleting his number from her phone.”
The source went on to describe the Promise This singer’s recent reunion with Ashley, where he was invited to her birthday party in July, as a “blip”. “What happened on the night of her party was a blip. Since then she’s taken time out again from him and now believes she was wrong. She can’t go back and try and right the wrongs of their marriage,” they said. “What’s done is done and she’s got her head straight and believes it’s time for a new Cheryl.”
In other news, the Geordie’s acting debut could end up on the cutting room floor. She recently filmed a cameo role in What To Expect When You’re Expecting, which also stars Cameron Diaz. But Chezza’s role is so small – she only has one line in the film – they reports state it could be could be cut from the film.
A source told Heat magazine: “Cheryl’s role means she gives judgment on Cameron’s performance. She only says, ‘Um, no’. But there’s talk even that could be cut. It’s not integral to the film, although everyone said she did a great job