Mack Maine Isn’t Concerned With Lil Wayne’s First-Week Sales
The fans don’t have to send any more nasty tweets to Lil Wayne’s Young Money underboss Mack Maine. No more delays, Tha Carter IV is finally on store shelves today (August 29).
“It’s like the stars are aligning again,” Mack told XXLMag.com. ” All the fans got mad when we pushed the album back to August 29. I woke up to death threats. A cat in Lebanon hit me [and said], ‘You come to Lebanon, we got something for your ass.’ I’m like, ‘What’s this about? Oh, we said we gonna push the release date back.'”
So with the record in the marketplace, not only are there high expectations for Weezy artistically, but everyone is looking for Birdman, Jr to put up those big opening numbers again.
“[Wayne] actually told us if he don’t do those same numbers again as C3 don’t be mad,” Mack admitted.
The Young Money president says YMCB are thinking more long range than just a strong start.
“I said this before,” he shared. “I told Nicki—she was kinda nervous about her first-week sales—I said, ‘First week sales don’t matter.’ I’d rather my final sales matter. I know albums from Juvenile 400 Degreez to Beiber’s first album sold 20, or 30,000 the first-week and went onto sell 2 million one album then 6 million on another album. I saw Gaga did the 99 cent thing [and] then [her] second-week it did like 175,000. Congratulation as it relates to her. With Wayne, I don’t want him to sell a million the first-week, [and] then drop to 100,000 the next week then 50,00 the following week. I’d rather sell ten times platinum total.”
“People have gotten away from working a record,” Mack added, blasting most record companies business models, “’You better do good your first week. If your first week numbers are not good, we gonna move onto another artist,’” he mimicked a typical record exec.
“With Nicki, we’re on our seventh or eighth video on Pink Friday,” he boasted. “We working!”
Stay tuned to XXLMag.com later this week for Tha Carter IV’s first-week sales projection as well as the official Nielsen SoundScan numbers next Wednesday, September 7. —Shaheem Reid