News: Drake Analyzes Lil Wayne's 'C4' Massive Sales, "A Lot Of People Would Argue It Wasn't As Big As 'Carter III'"
Wednesday, Oct 12, 2011 4:55PM
Young Money star Drake has weighed in on the success behind Lil Wayne's Carter IV album selling nearly a million copies in its opening week and how his YM boss has reached iconic status.
Although the LP failed to outmatch 2008's Carter III opening week numbers, Drizzy said Weezy's selling ability speaks volumes in today's music climate.
"I just knew he's an icon. That's iconic status because a lot of people would argue that it wasn't as big as Carter III was," Drake explained in an interview. "There was no 'Lollipop,' there was no 'A Milli.' Obviously Wayne kept their attention and kept that excitement going because it takes a lot to put that many people in the stores. That is serious. That's like diamond in a year, if we're talking back in the day." ("Big Boy's Neighborhood")
In late September, G.O.O.D. Music's Big Sean shared his shocked reaction to Wayne's opening week sales.
"God d*mn, you remember we were talking about how much LilWayne was going to sell," Sean said in an interview. "I ain't gonna lie, I thought he was going to sell [500,000]. He sold 964,000? Oh sh*t. Man. Congratulations Lil Wayne, you sh*tted on everybody again. Again...Congratulations to him. I think that's like beautiful. That's inspiring to me. I'm trying to sell a million the first week. Lil Wayne really worked his a** off for that. He's been going since he was 13 with the Hot Boys to the everything." (Rap-Up TV)
Following its debut atop the competition, Cash Money Records founders Slim and Baby shared their reactions.
"This is a tremendous accomplishment for Lil Wayne and everyone here at Cash Money," said Slim. "It's a tribute to the hard work and commitment he's shown from the very start." "I consider him my son, part of the Cash Money family from the very start," added Baby. "One thing I've learned. No record is safe from him." (Statement)
In just six weeks, Weezy's latest solo album has sold over 1.5 million copies.
Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV received a one notch boost to No. 6 with 53,100. After six weeks on the chart, Weezy's latest solo album has pushed out 1,505,600 records to date. (SOHH Sales Wrap)