Lil Wayne Tops the Charts, But Sells 100K Less Than Expected

Lil Wayne is back on top. The incarcerated rap star’s latest release, I Am Not A Human Being, catapulted to the No. 1 spot on The Billboard 200 albums chart today (October 20), after physical copies of the disc were shipped to stores last Tuesday. Good news for Weezy, who is set to return home from his 10-month gun charge bid on November 4.

Initially released three weeks earlier in a digital-only format, a retail version of the CD with two bonus cuts were stocked on shelves last week. Since then the album earned 125,300 in sales—about 100,000 less than Weezy’s label Cash Money/Universal expected. According to the Nielsen SoundScan statistics, the disc has sold around 258,700 units to-date.

Eminem landed four seats down at No. 5 this go-round. In its 17th week on the charts Recovery picked up an additional 50,400 in sales, making its tally stand at 2,818,500.

Sliding from No. 6 to No. 21 is Waka Flocka Flame. In week two the Brick Squad rapper’s debut LP, Flockaveli, was purchased 18,300 times. So far the Atlanta-based rep has 55,500 discs sold. Twelve positions down at No. 33 is Waka’s one-time mentor Gucci Mane. Fans bagged up 11,700 copies of The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted this sales cycle, making Gooch’s four-week total equal 92,000.

One spot down at No. 34 is Young Money star Drake, who rounds out the hip-hop releases on the Top 40 this week. Thank Me Later’s stats now sit comfortably at 1,123,700 after pulling in 11,600 in sales over the last seven days.

Cam’ron protégé Vado, whose street album Slime Flu, flew into stores last week, failed to crack The Billboard 200. The Harlemite’s E1 release sold about 2,300 units in its first week on shelves.

Next week look for Eminem and Weezy to battle it our for hip-hop’s top spot on the charts. —Elan Mancini

  • Wow

    Hey man, Vado should have pushed more than 2,300 units cuz his Slime Flu wasn’t that bad. But maybe his Camron-esque style isn’t not really in. Still a good album tho

  • zayzkidd

    How is Eminem still selling records? I’ve heard the album and it’s bullshit. But, white people support each other, blacks need to pay attention to that. Once we see one of our artist fall off, we don’t give them another chance after that.

  • ocanada

    just haters, cant even be happy a rapper can actually still sit atop the charts these days

  • EazyE

    YUP, I DONT CARE MUCH FOR HIS WACK RHYMES BUT THE WHITEBOY CAN SELL RECORDS, LEAST SOMEONE IN HIPHOP STILL CAN

  • EazyE

    YUP, I DONT CARE MUCH FOR HIS WACK RHYMES BUT THE WHITEBOY CAN SELL RECORDS LEAST SOMEONE IN HIPHOP STILL CAN

  • Buff Bagwell

    OMG Gucci and Waka Flocka Fizzle makin the Eastside look horrible!!!! Now I see why they call themselves BRICKSQUAD….. cut the lights back on dammit, that nigga’s ice is finna be pawned

  • http://detroitrap.com FRED

    HAHAHA BOOOO WHOOOO YALL CRYING LIKES BABIES LMAO CAUSE EM WHOPPIN EVERY1 ASS AND THE FUNNY THING IS A MONTH FROM NOW EM WILL BA AT 3MILL AND EVEN BETTER THE NEXT 2 MONTHS AFTER ARE SUM OF THE BIGGEST SHOPPING DAYS OF THE YR SO WHATS THAT MEAN???? LOL MEANSSS EM WILL SELL MORE AND PARENTS WILL BUY IT FOR NICE LITTLLE BOYS AND GIRLSSS THAT WANT TO BUMP MR.EMINEM LMAO AND BY FIRST YR AFTER THE BIGGEST SHOPPIN MONTHS OF THE YR EMINEM I BET WILL BE AT 3.5MILLION IF NOT CLOSE AND WHICH MEANS BY HALF WAY THRU NEXT YR 4MILL LMAO AND EM ALSO IS SLATED TO WIN ALL THE MUSIC GRAMMYS FOR RAP AND OTHER MUSIC AREAS AND THE FUNNY THING IS YALL BRING UP RACE ALL THE TIME THATS BULLSHIT WE DONT DO THAT IN DETROIT LIKE YALL AS MUCH BUT HEY WHEN U ON TOP THATS WHEN HATING BEGINS

  • http://detroitrap.com JT

    Damn eminem killing them and what is with all the hate i guess they racist or something eminem works with all your rappers that you love? he helps them and you guys hate messed up

  • BeerGangsta

    Cam is wack!!! Wayne will go Gold by Thanksgiving!! EM wack shit is selling!! Drake still doing good. Waka and Gucci need to be banned!!

  • http://detroitrap.com Scott

    eminem still slaying them wow and weezy didnt even come close to eminems first second week sales and whats with the dude saying us black people dont buy em cds?

  • http://detroitrap.com G-time

    yeah weezy will be at gold by then but wont even get close to eminem sales and eminems album is da shit detroit we back real music and em back us funny with all these haters lol yall act like woman when eminem drops album but damn i cant wait for outkast to drop???

  • http://detroitrap.com A-Butta

    Last I checked 125K first week sales were a flop? I remember when 50′s album released digitally before the retail release and his numbers were low nobody gave 50 a pass why does Wayne get one for the exact situation? I know why because this world is full of d*** riders and haters. The person people like can do no wrong in their eyes and the person they dislike can’t do right. .

  • bdub

    em came from nothing signed 50 and all d12 and a ton of other solid artists, not to mention dropped several solid albums, one bunk cd in relapse but he rips up recovery
    dont hate

  • Dinero

    No mention of Ross 3 weeks in a row… All those who said he wouldnt make GOLD… U were right…. btw I was one of those people…. Waka flopped as expected and gooch got luccy last year… bottom line….

  • Newton

    wow you guys are just plain ignorant you say how all white ppl support white artists thats the only reason em is selling? get your lazy asses a job an buy a cd an dont download them for free or dont bitch when an “whiteboy” outsells everyone! it’s 2010 an ppl are still on white black shit it’s music who cares?

  • http://xxl imnotwhite

    ok iam sick of people saying em sells cause he is white. its b.s. recovery is great and his lyrics are as on point as always. maybe he is as good as the hype? haters and racist would rather see a no talented soulja boy or flocka on top than to see a white rapper that deserves to be on top .

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