Wednesday, June 18, 2008


Lil Weezy, the self-proclaimed Best Rapper Alive, achieved a career milestone this past week when his latest album, Tha Carter III, pushed more than 1 million copies in its debut week. That is a crazy number in this digital age where albums are downloaded for free on the net.

The last time this six-figure threshold was crossed was in March 2005 with 50 Cent's "The Massacre".

Sales for "Tha Carter III," Lil Wayne's first No. 1, were helped along by several of the rapper's new singles, including the chart-topping "Lollipop" featuring Static Major. His previous biggest sales week was a 238,000-unit start for "Tha Carter II" in 2005.

The man that Kanye refers to as a living rap legend joins an elite league of artists that have cracked a million copies in the first week. According to Billboard the prestigious list includes the following artists:

1. 'N Sync, "No Strings Attached" (2.42 million, 3/26/00)

2. 'N Sync, "Celebrity" (1.88 million, 7/29/01)

3. Eminem, "The Marshall Mathers LP" (1.76 million, 5/28/00

4. Backstreet Boys, "Black & Blue" (1.59 million, 11/26/00)

5. Britney Spears, "Oops ... I Did It Again" (1.32 million, 5/21/00)

6. 50 Cent, "The Massacre" (1.14 million, 3/6/05)

7. Backstreet Boys, "Millennium" (1.13 million, 5/23/99)

8. Usher, "Confessions" (1.10 million, 3/28/04)

9. Garth Brooks, "Double Live" (1.09 million, 11/22/98)

10. Limp Bizkit, "Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water" (1.05 million, 10/22/00)

11. Norah Jones, "Feels Like Home" (1.02 million, 2/15/04)

12. Lil Wayne, "Tha Carter III" (1.01 million, 6/16/08)


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