The Numbers Game: Lil’ Wayne (Almost) Sells A Million

Regardless of leopard jeggings, album leaks, or bad reviews (All except with DuB & King Jerm‘s), you still have to salute Lil’ Wayne. While it missed selling a million by less than 34,700 copies, you might as well say Tha Carter IV sold a million copies in it’s first week. Technically, the only person to sell more this year is Lady Gaga’s Born This Way with 1.1 million; but then again, Tha Carter IV wasn’t sold on Amazon for $.99.

Wayne also smashed the previous iTunes first-week sales record with 300,000 (A record that was previously held by Watch The Throne just a few weeks ago).

Many people (Me included) are saying that Birdman/Cash Money bought copies of Tha Carter IV to ensure this mega-sales debut. Birdman spoke to MTV about this:

“Nah, man, that really don’t make no sense. Why would we do that?” Birdman asked. “I press and distribute ’em. Ain’t no need for me to buy ’em. That’s hustling backwards; we ain’t in it for that. I ain’t ever been a part of that type of scheme to be buyin’ records. We don’t do that, homey. We be working too hard to be ó that don’t go with what we do. We truly what we do. We’re real about what we do, we work hard every day at it, and we work for the people. That’s what we do music for: for people. And we appreciate the love they give us back. But no such thing as me buying no CDs. I wouldn’t even play it like that.”

If you haven’t already, check out our review of Tha Carter IV here

Sidenote: While I’m happy for Wayne doing these kinda numbers, I’m also happy that he didn’t sell a million in the first-week. And that’s not because I didn’t want hm to outsell Watch The Throne (I could care less). But I bet King Jerm $60 that Tha Carter IV wouldn’t sell a milli in the first-week and thank god it just missed it.

The Original Jill Scott from the Vault, Vol. 1 landed at #28 and sold 12,000 copies which is pretty good for a compilation of unreleased tracks recorded by Jill Scott when she was signed to Hidden Beach. Seems like the label was trying to cash in on the succes of The Light Of The Sun though. Check out Saule Wright’s nice write up of The Original Jill Scott from the Vault, Vol. 1 at Soulections here.

Glasses Malone finally releases his debut album Beach Cruiser. I say finally because “Certified”, the album’s first single, was originally released in 2007. And some kinda way, this album is released on Cash Money Records (Well, Blu Division/Hoo-Bangin’/Cash Money/Universal Republic/Suburban Noize to be exact). Either way, Beach Cruiser sold 2,700 units and lands at #165.

Slim Thug continues to rep for his squad as we see Boss Hogg Outlawz release yet another entry in the Serve & Collect series with Serve & Collect 3. I actually reviewed Serve & Collect 2 back in ’08, but didn’t feel the need to review this one (It’s kinda mediocre). Serve & Collect 3 grabs the #191 positin and sells 2,400 copies.

A few artists recieved sales boost because of the MTV VMA’s a couple a weeks back (Example: Beyonce’s 4 jumped back in the Top 10) but Tyler, The Creator got the most help as Goblin jumped 54 spots back in the Top 50 (It makes sense because he did win the Best New Artist Award)

I honestly don’t think anything noteworthy is dropping this week, but check back here next week to see for sure.

#1 Lil’ Wayne – Tha Carter IV (Last Week: NA) – 965,300; Total: NA (Gold) [Debut]
#4 Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch The Throne (Last Week: #2) – 79,600; Total: 786,700 (Gold) [4 Weeks]
#7 Beyonce – 4 (Last Week: #12) – 39,300; Total: 739,300 (Gold) [10 Weeks]
#8 Game – The R.E.D. Album (Last Week: #1) – 38,800; Total: 136,700 [2 Weeks]
#20 Bad Meets Evil – Hell: The Sequel (Last Week: #15) – 17,500; Total: 498,500 [12 Weeks]
#28 Jill Scott – Original Jill Scott From The Vault, Vol. 1 (Last Week: NA) – 12,900; Total: NA [Debut]
#32 Bruno Mars – Doo-Wops & Hooligans (Last Week: #37) – 12,100; Total: 1,248,500 (Platinum) [47 Weeks]
#33 Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday (Last Week: #36) – 11,900; Total: 1,564,600 (Platinum) [41 Weeks]
#35 Kelly Rowland – Here I Am (Last Week: #33) – 11,200; Total: 151,400 [7 Weeks]
#37 Rihanna – Loud (Last Week: #20) – 10,800; Total: 1,443,800 (Platinum) [42 Weeks]
#45 Amy Winehouse – Back To Black (Last Week: #40) – 10,000; Total: 2,431,200 (2X Platinum) [Re-Entry/7 Weeks]
#47 Pitbull – Planet Pit (Last Week: #45) – 9,700; Total: 191,800 [11 Weeks]
#48 Tyler, Tha Creator – Goblin (Last Week: #102) – 9,700; Total: 117,600 [10 Weeks]
#165 Glasses Malone – Beach Cruiser (Last Week: NA) – 2,700; Total: NA [Debut]
#191 Boss Hogg Outlawz – Serve & Collect 3 (Last Week: NA) – 2,400; Total: NA [Debut]

Hip-Hop/R&B album sales for the week of 8/30/11

  • P-Body

    Kudos to Wayne. I can’t even hate on him for pushing them kind of numbers real talk. I’m still a fan I just feel that album wasn’t up to par to his other work. I need to check out Jill Scott unreleased cuts I bet it is dope.

  • DuB

    Wtf niggas is still pushin them kind of numbers?

    I thought G. Malone was locked up or dead. He ain’t did shit since 08 and he thought it was a good idea to drop the same day as C4? Not smart.

    • P From Da D

      Took that nigga years to work on an album just to sell 3,000 LMAO! West Coast Gangsta Rap is extra dead

    • P-Body

      @Dub, dude I had forgot G Malone existed to be honest. I know that is fucked up on my part. He might as well gave the album away for free. If I know I don’t have no buzz what is the point in releasing an album so it can brick.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know how genuine the figure is. Personally, I wouldn’t put it past Baby to push the sales numbers to this “mega” debut. It’s a good PR move for Cash Money, and it gets other people buying the album when they see these kind of numbers.

    Regardless, 965k is a HUGE debut. C3 did 1.006m in its first week and sold a total of 3.7 million.

    Now the question is, will it have the legs to outsell Recovery? I don’t think it will have the legs to push past 4 million like Recovery did (especially since C3 had a bigger debut and couldn’t do it), but there is no doubt that Wayne / Eminem are the two kings of hip hop right now (in terms of record sales).

    • You know them white people go out in droves to buy wack ass Eminem shit. I don’t know NOBODY that owns that album.

      • Mike L

        I can see that you really don’t understand what drives these high ass Eminem sales…. It’s all about contract obligations. I’m half white therfore I have to own atleast 3 Eminem cds if I want to have good credit. And if you’re 100% white you have to own all of them….but good credit comes standard.

      • Rickjamesbitch

        The same way teenage white girls who only know How To Love went and bought C4..

        • DJ LP

          that and Birdman lol

  • Atmosphere

    Big Ups to Wayne but I cant say im gonna buy it, I was gonna but then I heard some lack luster type of stuff so ill pass, and lol @ the game. his sales are bad for being a platinum artist

  • Anonymous

    what about smoke dza?

  • You mean to tell me Weezy sold more in a week than Beyonce has in 10 weeks? Sold more in a week than Kanye AND Jay did in 4 weeks?

    Weezy is that NIGGA!

    • Weezy is the equivalent of Twilight. Stupid movie, stupid box office numbers. His preteen girls will never let him down

      • Y U Mad tho?

        • Cuz Carter IV is like a B album, but Walk it Off came on my shuffle and I’ve been playing it nonstop since. High sales are just gonna enable bad behavior like “John” and he will not feel pressed to go back to that Ded 2 spitting again

  • DJ LP

    Wonder what the percent of those people that bought it actually liked it?

    • I think Birdman likes it a lot.

  • Why U Mad?