Lil WayneTha Carter V, bound in contractual red tape for years as Lil Wayne worked out his departure from Cash Money, sold 480,000 total copies to open atop the Billboard 200, the rapper’s fourth Number One album, Billboard reports.
The vast majority of Tha Carter V‘s total, 325,000 copies, came from streaming equivalent albums (SEAs), with the album accumulating over 433 million on-demand audio streams in its first week of release; only Drake’s Scorpion generated more one-week on-demand streams in charts history. Tha Carter V also sold 141,000 “traditional” copies.
What promised to be a heated battle for Number One between Lil Wayne and Kanye West vanished suddenly when the latter failed to release his Yandhi on September 29th. However, there was no shortage of new releases in the Top 10, even as Lil Wayne ran away with the top spot.