Lil Wayne Trumps Jay-Z, Kanye West on the Charts

It’s a good week for hip-hop.

As previously reported, Lil Wayne’s long-awaited Tha Carter IV album enters the Billboard Top 200 chart at No. 1 with 964,000 sold in the United States in its debut week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set is the highest-selling rap album and highest-selling album from a male artist, period, since Weezy’s 2008 opus, Tha Carter III, which sold 1,005,000 units its first-week. Additionally, Tha Carter IV is the second highest-selling LP of 2011 after Lady Gaga’s Born this Way, which sold 1.1 million.

Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne album drops two spots this week, landing at No. 4 with 79,600 sold this week for a total of 786,700. Game’s The R.E.D. Album also drops from the top spot to No. 8, selling 38,800 units this week, and 136,700 overall. Meanwhile, Royce Da 5’9″ and Eminem’s Bad Meets Evil EP, Hell: The Sequel, falls five slots to No. 20, with 17,500 moved this week for a grand total of 498,500, just a few thousand units away from Gold status.

And last but not least, Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday is still riding strong on the tally, jumping three slots to No. 33 with 11,900 albums sold this week, adding up to a total of 1,564,500 units moved to date.

Be sure to check back next week to see if Lil Wayne can maintain his spot on the charts. —Mariel Concepcion

  • morris

    LIl wayne is the best rapper ever .. NUff said .. hate is weak

    • $yk

      so if I don’t agree with you it’s hatred…and you’re typing ’nuff said like your comment is end all factual…seems to me like you’re “hating” on everyone who doesn’t agree with you…

      congrats on your 1st week turnover Wayne…

  • BeerGangsta

    Miami number 1!! Wayne is not a good rapper. He sells a lot of records from kids. Game shit sound better!! Watch the throne overrated!! Still rap music can used a mechanic!! shit need fix in a hurry!!

  • fuckyall

    i guess thats 964,000
    that need a hole in there head

  • adrian smith birmingham england

    HOLY SHIT 964.000 COPIES DAMN A LOT GOT MY COPY N ENGLAND ON CD NOT AS GOOD AS CARTER 3 STILL DOPE AS FUCK

  • Money

    Just wait for 50 cent album, it must be good. “50 cent will sell more than all this nigg”.

    • http://nike15 SUM-GUI

      … I doubt that

  • 305sBoyJR

    What it does I came to lay a plug but I think The Carter 4 deserves as many albums sold ’cause it was dope. Holla. Aye don’t forget that when he dropped The Carter 3, the album sold A Milli! Yaseme!

    • $yk

      C3 & C4 have nothing to do with each other. According to your logic, 50 Cent should have sold 5-8 milli every album according to his 1st album.

      And I’ll wait to see how you can justify it working for one rapper but it doesn’t apply to the other one.

  • kenny

    lady gaag had to sell her albums for like a dollar or something right . lil wayne beat her .

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  • Terrell

    Lil’ Wayne the Best Rapper Eva? LOL. Stop playin with yo dick homie. U have 2 be a young nigga sayin sum dumb shit like dat.

    By da way, 2Pac is the Greatest Rapper 4 Eternal. Real recognize Real.

  • http://MadeNiggaz.net GBtha G

    I really, REALLY dont give a fak.lil wayne’s not a real G but a rural, agricultural artist — he sucks. I can neva waste ma money n’ buy his garbgage.so if he ( quit phuckin’ wit’ Jigga,its too dangerous ) sells a milli or more in couple of dayz its bcoz the dumb,punk-ass world love him n’ think he the best.lol. So fak the world like 2Pac. go’head n’ buy dat carter iv shet y’all suckaz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Viva Gangsta Rap, phuck tha watered down garbage rap.Numtumbout?