Start lining up those shots of cough syrup, it's time to celebrate...if you're Lil Wayne that is. Weezy's new album Tha Carter IV has beat out Jay Z and Kanye West's first week of iTunes sales after just four days.
Kanye and Jay-Z's Watch The Throne album went on sale in August exclusively to iTunes and sold 290,000 units in its first week. While this was enough downloads to beat the record previously held in 2008 by Coldplay for their album Viva La Vida Or Death and All His Friends it wasn't enough to top the reigning King of hip-hop, Lil Wayne.
Weezy has racked up 300,000 downloads after being available on iTunes and at other physical retailers in just four days. This is impressive because Wayne's album was available to buy everywhere and still beat Watch The Throne, which was only available on iTunes during the first four days of it's release.
Official first-week sales figures for the album will be released on Wednesday but early projections were that he would move 1 million albums in his first week, potentially beating out Lady Gaga's record setting sales for her Born This Way Album.
However, those numbers might have been a little premature because now the Hollywood Reporter is saying that Wayne will probably move 850,000 copies in it's first week. While those aren't Gaga numbers, it's still really impressive. If Tha Carter IV moves 850,000 copies it will instantly make the biggest sales week for a hip-hop album since his own Tha Carter III dropped in 2008 with 1.01 million copies.
Until the official numbers for Nielsen SoundScan come in on Wednesday we won't know exactly how many copies Lil Wayne sold. For the time being, Lil Wayne is more popular than Jay-Z and Kanye West combined and while that knowledge personally makes my skin itchy, I guess teenagers have a lot of buying power because that's what the kids are listening to right? 16-year-olds stroll around the mall buying Abercrombie t-shirts and fitted caps and listening to Weezy, don't they?
Weezy is still making those numbers even though his album leaked five days early. Adding more fuel to the Wayne vs. Kanye/Jay Z fire, their album didn't leak at all and Weezy is still selling more digital copies than them! But Jay-Z is married to Beyonce!? And Kanye West is the worlds most famous Douchebag?! Doesn't that mean anything to anyone anymore!?!?! Why doesn't that guarantee crazy album sales?!
When Weezy heard that the album leaked he just sneered, "It just means people want to hear it." Wayne told MTV News, "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."