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The Illustrious One
06-11-2008, 06:35 PM
New Lil Wayne Album Will be Year’s Biggest Debut, Targeted for 900k+

June 11, 2008

In Weezy we trust.
The music industry finally has something to shout about.

Thanks to an unprecedented pre-release blitz and the smash single, "Lollipop," Lil Wayne’s eagerly awaited Cash Money/Universal Motown release Tha Carter III is on target to sell more than 900k albums this week, almost twice as much as the previous record-holder, Mariah Carey’s E=MC2, which debuted with 475k last April. That’s based on one-day sales reports from beleaguered music retailers grateful for a little hot fun in the summertime.

With brisk foot traffic across the country this Father’s Day weekend, there's no telling how much highter Tha Carter III could go. Not bad for an album which leaked all over the web last week.

It’s the biggest debut week ever for Sylvia Rhone’s Universal Motown, topping Nelly’s total of 714k back in June ’02.

Slip N Slide/Atlantic Tampa rapper Plies’ Definition of Real, which includes guest appearances from Ne-Yo, J. Holiday, Keyshia Cole, Trey Songz, Jamie Foxx and The-Dream, looks to be in the 225-250k area. The prolific hip-hop artist is reportedly about to drop a second disc by the end of the year.

Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo’s band alter ego (with Shay Haley) N.E.R.D. come out with Seeing Sounds, their first album for Interscope, which will sell about 90k, give or take.

Rock crit and Louisville jam band acolytes My Morning Jacket are receiving big buzz for their latest on ATO, Evil Urges, which could do as much as 50k in first-week sales.

Alanis Morissette gets over the loss of boyfriend Ryan Reynolds to Scarlett Johansson with her new Maverick/Reprise album, Flavors of Entanglement, by consoling herself with 45-50k in sales.

Hitting retail on Tuesday is Coldplay’s Viva La Vida on Capitol, with EMI’s immediate future banking on its success.

Don’t feel too much pressure on yourself, Chris Martin.

The market was up 5% vs last week, down 14% vs same week last year and now down 11% year-to-date. We now return you to your regularly scheduled web-surfing for porn.

The Illustrious One
06-11-2008, 06:44 PM
Lil Wayne is kind of a big deal these days. Tha Carter III is hands down the most anticipated album of the year and the most hyped since Kanye West and 50 Cent went head to head on September 11th of last year. Could it be possible that Lil Wayne sells more than both of those artists and maybe even go platinum in its first week?

According to EW.com, an executive at Wayne’s label claims that the album is poised to sell somewhere between 850k and 950k when the Soundscan reports are out next week. This is up from the previous estimate of 700k that was whispered to HipHopDX from an industry insider prior to the album dropping. Whether it cracks a million or not, it is set to still be the highest selling album of the year.

"The accounts were bullish by 10 in the morning," Pat Monaco, exec VP of sales for the Universal Motown Republic Group told EW. "The sales the first few hours were exceeding the rate that the Kanye album sold a year ago…Wayne was one of these records that, because it was so highly anticipated, with the leaks and everything, it caused more people to go out at 8 in the morning to buy the CD."
Hard to believe that a leak could help an album sell but this is a point of contention from Monaco that it has helped Wayne’s exposure. We will see where Weezy stands by next week.
Until then, check out DX’s interview with Wayne from our vaults [click to read] and our review of Tha Carter III [click to read].
Do you think the album will sell more than Kanye or 50 Cent? Is it a front runner for album of the year? Discuss in our chatroom [click to go].
UPDATE: Representatives from Nielsen, the people behind Soundscan, stated via press release that Tha Carter III sold an estimated 423,000 copies yesterday (June 10) alone. This adds to the speculation that the album will reach platinum by Sunday's closing of first week sales.

West Coast Savior
06-11-2008, 06:48 PM
Good for him, IMO though The Carter 3 was not as good as what i thought he could have came with. Still good cd. To bad Game's gonna sell 11,000,000 first day though but good for Wayne.

The Illustrious One
06-11-2008, 06:54 PM
11 million first week?



Game is going to do very good numbers but not eleven million.



LOS ANGELES TIMES coming JULY 22ND!

West Coast Savior
06-11-2008, 07:01 PM
11 million first week?



Game is going to do very good numbers but not eleven million.



LOS ANGELES TIMES coming JULY 22ND!

Nah 11 milli and im buying 2 million of them.<<<<<Im not joking

LAX

The Illustrious One
06-11-2008, 07:05 PM
Nah 11 milli and im buying 2 million of them.<<<<<Im not joking

LAX



:laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:



Mr. Make It Rain on them hoes.



*Makes it flood in the thread*

Marcus13
06-11-2008, 07:20 PM
lol game last album did like 300k first week. Silly.

Anyway, mad props to Weezy, taking the throne that Kanye had last year

West Coast Savior
06-11-2008, 07:23 PM
lol game last album did like 300k first week. Silly.

Anyway, mad props to Weezy, taking the throne that Kanye had last year

i wasnt anywhere near The Game stan i am now, so i only bought 100 copies. But this year im really buying atleast 2,000 copies. no lie

Nickolai
06-11-2008, 07:36 PM
Such bullshit. Knew he'd do numbers like these.

Baby's probz got hundreds of copies himself using them as bed poles or some shit

The Illustrious One
06-11-2008, 07:40 PM
Such bullshit. Knew he'd do numbers like these.

Baby's probz got hundreds of copies himself using them as bed poles or some shit



LOL you mad?



How is Joseph doing?

FuckThePolice
06-11-2008, 08:04 PM
This is one funny ass thread.

@ West Coast Savior: If only every artist had a die-hard fan like you they would never complain about mp3 downloads.

@ Nickolai: I totally support that rumor.

Gangstafied
06-11-2008, 09:34 PM
Every 15yrs old kid in america is buying that, so no surprise on that

D.J.Nickel
06-11-2008, 10:10 PM
That luck right there.

D-block fan
06-11-2008, 11:53 PM
i heard that there are recycled verses from his old songs. is that true?

DeReK I.N.C
06-12-2008, 02:27 AM
lol just casue he copy like 1 verses from Kanye and in the song he say thats recycling but Kanye is 1 of the brightes, Oh and he say's Umberella ella ella. But thats about it. LoL ppl need to stop the hating and just show love its good to see some1 selling alot of albums now dayz.

FuckThePolice
06-12-2008, 06:30 PM
yes its good to see good album sales, but its depressing when only wack rappers could do it.

if Gza was to put an album out now he wouldn't sell as much, and any Gza verse eats all of lil waynes verses put together.

elcuppan
06-13-2008, 09:46 AM
lol just casue he copy like 1 verses from Kanye and in the song he say thats recycling but Kanye is 1 of the brightes, Oh and he say's Umberella ella ella. But thats about it. LoL ppl need to stop the hating and just show love its good to see some1 selling alot of albums now dayz.

"3 peat" sounds much like "im me" at the end lol

tjjohnson
06-14-2008, 10:11 PM
That's cool for Weezy.