Lil Wayne’s ‘Tha Carter IV’ Set for Blockbuster Opening Week

Lil Wayne

Three years after releasing his landmark album Tha Carter III, Lil Wayne is still a force to be reckoned with. The sequel to Weezy’s 2008 album arrived in stores and online Monday and according to preliminary reports, it’s shaping up to be another blockbuster.

Based on one-day sales estimates, Tha Carter IV is easily on track to debut at No. 1 and sell a whopping 850,000-900,000 copies in its first week, reports HITS Daily Double. That’s not far behind the sales of its predecessor, which opened with a little more than 1 million copies in June 2008.

Those figures will give the Young Money rapper the second-highest sales week of the year, outperforming Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne, which moved 613,000 units in its first two weeks combined.

But can Weezy top Lady Gaga, who currently holds the largest debut of the year with 1.1 million copies of Born This Way?

C4 has received unfavorable reviews from critics, but that doesn’t seem to be stunting sales. Based on results of our online poll, 25 percent of readers think the album will top the 1 million mark.

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77 Comments

  1. LOVE?

    #BOOM haters!

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    JustaWayneFan Reply:

    @LOVE?, “YOUNG MONEY EATING ALL YOU HATERS DO IS ADD SALT”-Lil Wayne

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  2. Yeah

    lame trash overrated album smh ppl are stupid

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    Vickthur Reply:

    @Yeah, agreed

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    My name is nt Needed Reply:

    @Yeah, you know you are so negative I think i remember that you where dumping on WTT and actually on a 24 track album maybe 2 to 4 songs are below seven and half of them he aint in them so BOII YMCB

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    Mr Xclusive Reply:

    @Yeah, your opinion means nothing

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    Yeah Reply:

    @Mr Xclusive,
    it would if I would have said the album is “FIRE!!” LOSERS get off Wayne nuts

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    Jake Reply:

    @Yeah, Go fuck yourself hater. Congrates YMCMB next up Drizzy Drake Take Care

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    Dylan Reply:

    @Yeah, Your stupid ass for saying that Tha Carter IV is the best album hater

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    Honesty Reply:

    @Dylan, Ermmm best Album ever really ?? more like shittest album ever ! Talk about over-rated.

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    `Kaaaaay Reply:

    @Honesty, agreed.

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  3. ...

    C4 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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    JustaWayneFan Reply:

    @…, “YOUNG MONEY EATING ALL YOU HATERS DO IS ADD SALT”-Lil Wayne

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  4. Jess

    this is only predicted not the actual sales.

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  5. Yup !

    C4 >>>>>>>>> WTT & 4…..Put Together!!!!

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    King Dro Reply:

    @Yup !, Puts chocolate milk in their frosted flakes

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    Real Issh Reply:

    @Yup !, This has to be a joke . & Are you mad cuz Weezy don’t even have my lady money ?

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    isabella! Reply:

    @Real Issh, weezy topped that lady money and his money in one week. lol i personally think WTT is as good if not better than C4, oh but that beyonce 4 album was just for the R&B crowd so i didn’t like it but she loved it so that is all that matters i guess, it just wasn’t for me. oh well im rambling on now, just thought i would share my thoughts.

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    Lo Reply:

    @Real Issh, 35 mil on year off>15 million while making music. Wayne loses.

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  6. joey

    im not hating, im happy for him that he can pull these numbers, but the album wasnt as great as we all know he could have made it.

    good for wayne though!

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  7. Ice

    Album is just decent, I’m happy for him though.

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  8. Bryan

    This album sucks IMO.Glad I downloaded it for free.Not paying for this shit lol.

    Album will sell alot…but won’t be played alot LOL.

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  9. Triniti

    Carter III>Carter IV

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  10. THE MALEZ

    WAYNE SLAYS YOUR FAV!! get off his dick!

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  11. uhuh

    A milli, A milli, A milli, A milli, A milli, A milli, A milli, A milli, A milli, A milli, A milli, A milli, A milli, A milli, A milli, A milli,

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  12. TREAL.!

    YMCMB.! beledat.

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  13. yoo

    this is a complete joke.
    1) Half of the 900000 already have the album as it leaked a week ago.
    2) The album is a little above average.

    wow

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    uhuh Reply:

    @yoo, its called dedication u stupid fxck. ive been a fan of wayne since hot boys. and ive bought his album 3 times. kanye 4 times. and i always have the leaked album for a week or so. i still go buy it cuz i support my fav artists.

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    yoo Reply:

    @uhuh, ur mum is a stupid fxck

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  14. ash

    it sounded the same as tha carter 3 so it should sell around that -___-

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  15. cedro

    save ur money album is shit

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  16. JHP

    The album is not as good as Carter III, and is kind of a disappointment. But props to Wayne though, he outperformed my expectations as far as the actual sales go. I knew he’d move units, I didn’t know he’d nearly hit the 1 million mark again.

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  17. Kyle

    I’ll be curious to see if this album can sell over 1 million. I am still unsure if I will be buying it; not just based on the reviews but listening to a FULL Lil’ Wayne album has never really been my thing. His voice gets on my nerves after listening to a few songs in a row. He is a good lyricist but only in small doses.

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  18. TheKokaineKartel

    we over here hustlin…

    one time for my ni99as huggin the block….

    that reup money>>>>>tho…

    yo Tune we ridin witcha cuz doin donuts….#bluntblowin

    til the wheel fall the fuck off…#realni99ashit

    C4 fuck watcha heard cuz, we out chea…#chillinginMars

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  19. >

    i hope he do,s well,keep doing you wayne.

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  20. Hooligan68

    Good for Wayne! Time for JayZ to give up the throne.

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    uhuh Reply:

    @Hooligan68, he never was in it. its been eminem all along. and im not even a fan of Em.

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  21. Outspoken

    Well I’m glad I downloaded it. C4 is weak.

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  22. TRA

    LOL at Hooligan 68, I respect Lil Wayne, and think Lil Wayne is a talented rapper, and Lil Wayne is a very, great rapper, but The Carter IV is a major diappointment, compare to his previous albums. I give Lil Wayne credit for selling 900,000 copies in his first week, but that doesn’t change the fact that The Carter IV is the most terrible, rap album of the year. Lil Wayne made two good albums in The Carter, and The Carter II, but most people outside his fanbase, wouldn’t consider those albums classic material. The Carter III was a good album, but The Carter III is overrated and overhyped. The Carter IV was overhyped, and I think this album sound no different then The Carter 3. Every great rapper has at least one album that both fans and critics agree is a classic, and Lil Wayne doesn’t have that yet. Kanye West made two classic albums in College Dropout, and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Jay-Z made four classic albums in Reasonable Doubt, The Blueprint, The Black Album, and American Gangster. Kanye West and Jay-Z have made much better music and albums than Lil Wayne will ever make. Lil Wayne is popular with young music fans, biased mainstream hip hop albums, and biased mainstream pop fans. But if ask many music fans who are not biased towards music artists based on their personalities, and only unbiased on music, most unbiased music fans will say that Kanye West, and Jay-Z are ahead of Lil Wayne by a landslide.

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    LMG Reply:

    @TRA, agreed

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    CITY Reply:

    @TRA, DIDNT U POST THIS SUMWER ELSE ALREADY

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    Sarah Reply:

    @TRA, great post!

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    `Kaaaaay Reply:

    @TRA, agreed.

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  23. C4

    hope he sells over 1 million!

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  24. David

    Born This Way shouldnt even count because it was being sold on Amazon for only 99 cents… if wayne did that he could have 2 million sold first week… so this is truly the highest selling album of 2011

    Lil Wayne is ONE of the best rappers alive.
    Congrats to Weezy
    YM4L

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  25. TRA

    Lil Wayne gets credit for selling albums, but Rebirth, and The Carter IV may have costed him a chance to be the greatest rapper ever, if he doesn’t make better albums than The Carter IV in the near future. To go back to the point I made in the paragraph earlier, most unbiased music fans believes that Kanye West and Jay-Z are ahead of Lil Wayne. Kanye West and Jay-Z’s Watch The Throne Album is not a classic, but it is a decent album, and much better than The Carter IV. Jay-Z has won 13 Grammy Awards, Kanye West has won 14 Grammy Awards, and Lil Wayne has only won four Grammy Awards. Jay-Z was already at the top of hip hop, before Lil Wayne crossed over in 2007, even Nas, 2Pac, B.I.G., Rakim, Outkast, and Wu-Tang Clan have made better albums than Lil Wayne. Nas’ Illmatic shits on every Lil Wayne album. Until Lil Wayne makes an album better than Blueprint, Reasonable Doubt, and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, then Kanye West, and Jay-Z will continue to have the throne. It’s not always about the record sales, it is about good music and impact, and The Carter IV will be forgotten by next year.

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  26. Richard

    Overated. Album was weak. wiz khalifa all day.

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  27. trulo

    these youngins dont understand.. it is about quality not quantity…. really doesnt matter how much the album sells.. its still a below average weak album. period.

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  28. Brionna

    where are the reviews rap up?????
    he’ll do 500-750k and not an album over that…the album wasnt that great at all

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  29. Winston Churchill

    Watch my throne really?

    Jay-Z and kanye west PUT together couldn’t even match Wayne sales on his own LMAOOOO

    Numbers don’t lie right?

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    Frank Reply:

    @Winston Churchill, having 2 big names doesnt factor into anything sales wise. you make it sound like it was a fight. like kanye and jay were in a handicap fight with wayne and wayne won..lol… its not like that with music.. actually loyal fans are more likely to support an artist’s solo project more than a joint one with someone else. Which is evidenced by the fact that kanye’s last solo album dark twisted fantasy sold better than watch throne. Sorry to make your dick soft brah… but you were trolling.

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  30. man

    i guess congrats wayne, you don’t deserve that considering how shitty your album is and how awful your vma performance was, have fun wearing your female leggings, with all the money you’ll be making you’ll be able to buy hundreds of those things, and probably not pay them off.

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    orrryeaaa Reply:

    @man, being real < hating

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    huh? Reply:

    @orrryeaaa,

    being real isn’t greater than hating?

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  31. Doobie

    Carter 3 was so much better. Hopefully ppl will go get Game’s album instead, one of the best hip hop albums for 2011

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  32. TDOT

    Dwayne – GOAT mainstream rapper. Fact.

    c4>>>>>> tho

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  33. Nick

    I’m glad I got this last week. I’m not waisting my 15 bucks on this. I’m waiting for Take Care. I only like 1 song off the whole record, and thats blunt blowing

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  34. Anonymous

    Out of those 900,000 expected to sell, Lil Wayne probably bought 500,000 copies to boost sales.

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  35. hATER

    This album is terrible. I actually got the album as a gift and I returned that shit to best-buy!!!!!!!!1

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  36. EW2003

    Half of you who are commenting are probably the ppl who bootleg the album anyway.. I’m probably one of the few HIP HOP heads who still buy albums from EAST, West, to the SOUTH.. I been listening to Wayne since the Hot Boys days and yeah I admit the album lacked substance and his lyrics was all over the place… carter II was a classic.. He need to go back to that style of rapping but anyway you’ll are the reasons HIP HOp is pretty much dead b/c you’ll don’t buy albums.. I bought Red Album, Watch The Throne, Carter IV, Big Sean Finally famous, Talib Kweli sh8t, Lasers, Wiz Khalifa, etc all this year… Before u hate on sh*t at least support these artist and then critique it.. These albums are only $8.. Until then ur opinion don’t mean sh*t!!

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  37. jerezay

    damn, i didnt really like the album. but to sell that much is crazy. congrats i guess.

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  38. mr 50 cent

    outperforming watch the throne first three weeks in a week damn

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  39. YMCMB

    He should have added more features like jay sean and nicki minaj but i still think its a 10

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  40. pArallel-intersect

    haters eat that with some A1 sauce on it__there are alot of females n males here with oll they diffrent opnions_onli one thing we have2 bear in mind is MEN LIE WOMEN LIE BUT NUMBERS DONT!!!!!! i guess th truth is out nao__

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  41. ponyo

    Good job Lil Wayne…

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  42. JAMESBOND

    i say congrats to lil wayne for selling that much.But i have a big question.Why did the album sell this much despite the fact that it was not up to standards and that a lot of tracks have already leaked.Some say he has a loyal fan base.May be thats the answer.Others say the album is cool.So wat is being cool?Is it cooler than watch the throne? or R.E.D album? or My beautiful dark twisted fantasy?Because those albums did not sell like carter IV.To me the album sounds like a freestyle album with some deep songs like how to love.And he did not rap in how to love.Guess he could not express it using hiphop like jay

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  43. Macduff

    well it grew on me but after the first listen i was disappointed, listen two kinda liked some songs, listen three was starting to feel majority songs and then BAM!! BOOF!! BAF!! the C4 dropped and i realised th!s Sh!t is the bomb no lie…

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  44. Humm

    Y’all forgot to say that he performed at the MTV VMAS, That was a good promotion for his album !

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    Macduff Reply:

    @Humm, his how love performance was terrible, but he sure rocked it with his john performance wish i had the uncensored version. what was up with everybody trowing the mics on the floor :-|

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  45. Dylan

    So close to A Milli in a week

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  46. Big Sean

    Best selling doesn’t make him the best otherwise Justin Bieber in terms of present sales and future potential would be a music god. Sales dont equal best it just means huge fanbase.

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  47. abj

    funny how people hate,niggas wer sayin wayne aint gonna sell when they see he sells,then itsall about quality not quantity bullshit u could say all d f..k u want.dis album is great

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  48. A Realist

    Sumbawdee mad.

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  49. Clement

    She Will is an amazing track

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  50. Christian

    This album is beyond boring. It’s like… horrible. Just goes to show you that some people will continue to buy crap. WTT x 4 > Weezy’s zebra leggings x C4.

    *shrugs*

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    HUH? Reply:

    @Christian, do you actually listen to the music or just skip through b!tch

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  51. Chrislacoste89

    Real talk lil wayne sucks and i cant wait 4 T.I. Next album

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