Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter IV” has sold 964,000 in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan, easily enabling its No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart. It is his third No. 1 album following “Tha Carter III” and “I Am Not a Human Being.”
“Carter IV” earns the biggest sales week for a hip-hop album (or any set by a male artist) since his own “Carter III” bowed with 1.01 million on the June 28, 2008 chart. “Carter IV” also marks 2011′s second-biggest frame, behind Lady Gaga’s 1.11 million debut with “Born This Way.”
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Lil Wayne Breaks iTunes’ Single-Week Album Sales Record
Of course, Gaga’s first week was bolstered by two days’ worth of 99-cent sale pricing from AmazonMP3′s store. “Carter IV” managed to sell nearly a million without such tactics. It’s estimated that AmazonMP3 sold upwards of 440,000 downloads of its 99-cent “Born This Way” album.