LIL’ WAYNE GOES ALMOST PLATINUM IN ONE WEEK, SELLING 964K COPIES OF THA CARTER IV

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Billboard says Nielsen Soundscan clocked Weezy’s album at 964,000 units sold in its first week of sales. So it looks like Wayne felt short of his platinum-in-one-week selling album, Tha Carter 3.

“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.”

This marks Wayne’s third number-one album to date: “Tha Carter IV” shifted 362,000 digital copies in its first week. That marks the second-largest digital sales week of all time for an album; again, behind “Born This Way,” with 662,000 downloads.”

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