Endless pushbacks and some premature leakage hasn’t done anything to quell the buzz surround Lil’ Wayne’s highly-anticipated Tha Carter IV, with the album now closing in on the 1 million mark, Hits Double Daily report (Via Pop Dust).
Early reports pegged the album to shift somewhere around the 600-750k mark, before Billboard upped the sales prediction to 850k. Now projections have shot up again, reaching 925-975k, with the possibility of reaching A Milli before the sales week ends.
On top of that, Weezy’s also set the record for American iTunes single-week album sales, with Tha Carter IV shifting over 300,000 downloads in its first four days of release, easily breaking the 290,000 that Jay-Z and Kanye West did for their iTunes-exclusive LP Watch the Throne.
Weezy’s numbers are unexpected given the reaction to Tha Carter IV so far — reviews have been noticeably less favorable than 2008′s Tha Carter III — and he isn’t coming into the album’s release with a mega-smash single, à la the quintuple-platinum “Lollipop”. Tha Carter III hasn’t been without its hits, though; the brilliant “How to Love” has reached the top five on the Hot 100 and gone Platinum (and counting), and the follow-up “She Will” featuring Drake recently debuted at No. 3.
On the slim chance that Wayne can pull off the magic million with Tha Carter IV, he’ll be the only rapper in US Billboard history besides Eminem to top 1 million first-week sales with more than one album.
Oh, and I did I mention that Tha Carter IV is selling at full price, and not for 99 cents?