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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

News: Lil Wayne Breaks A "Millie," Debuts At No. 1


By Cyrus Langhorne

New Orleans, Louisiana rapper Lil' Wayne is preparing to set an even greater achievement as Tha Carter III is expected to possibly close at one million records.

Setting a first -day sales record with 423,000 albums sold, Wayne is on track to take this year's first week sales record.

According to Variety, Universal Motown's president Sylvia Rhode believes there is a strong chance of the album being the only release following 50 Cent's 2005 project, The Massacre,
to sell at least a million in its opening week. She credits this probability to Weezy's ever-growing fanbase and the rapper's constant guest appearances.

"Over the last three years, Lil' Wayne has addressed his fanbase through tours of clubs and arenas, going into markets three and four times, appeared on other artists' records and made plenty of mix tapes," she said. "He nurtured the fanbase, and it grew. Go to [his] show and you see an audience that is 50 percent white and 50 percent white and mostly male. I think this record will start to increase the female audience."

In addition to physical sales, Wayne is also expected to set records on digital services like iTunes, ringtones, and MySpace plays, which totaled 130 million last Friday alone.

As previously reported by SOHH, the self-proclaimed "Greatest Rapper Alive" is in line to out-sell both Mariah Carey and Usher's latest albums total first week sales combined. Carey's EMC2 and Usher's Here I Stand sold 463,000 and 433,000 respectively.

The Massacre
is the last album to have reached the one million mark in a week's time span. Released in March 2005, it sold approximately 1.14 million copies in only four days.

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