The stats are finally in and Tha Carter IV is confirmed to have moved 964,000 units in its first week…
After featuring the news of Tha Carter IV breaking the first-week digital sales record on iTunes earlier this week here, SBTV can now reveal the official figure.
HITS Daily Double reported that the album moved 1,000,000 units yet Nielsen SoundScan was quick to correct the figure, leaving it just 36k shy of the infamous sales figure Lil Wayne previously achieved and surpassed with Tha Carter III.
Initially, the album was projected to sell around 750,000 – 850,000 copies, a very positive projection as record sales on a whole are plummeting annually and the recent Jay Z and Kanye effort Watch The Throne, failed to shift a comparable figure in their opening week.
The album solidifies Wayne’s position in hip hop whilst this news helps to cement his name in music history for his consistency in selling records, something Cash Money have been doing successfully for decades.
Here’s what the man himself had to say via Twitter:
“Wow!!!!!!!!!! I have the best fans in the universe! I thank u all. Hard work and dedication pays well. Young Mula baby!(weezy voice)”
It seems Cash Money/Young Money aren’t going to be disappearing any time soon.
As for the recent spat between Wayne and Jay Z, I’ll leave you with a poignant phrase once expressed by Jay in regards to selling records “Men lie, women lie, numbers don’t.”
What are your thoughts?
Text by Ash Houghton