Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne‘s “I’m Not A Human Being” digital-only release’s sales projections have increased and show the rapper selling over 100,000 units in his first-week.
According to new estimates, the incarcerated rapper’s album could now sell up to 115,000 records within seven days.
It appears there will be five newcomers on next week’s HITS Top 10, headed by Kenny Chesney, whose new release on BNA under Gary Overton‘s Sony Music Nashville umbrella, is slated to debut at #1, with Lil Wayne’s digital-only 10-song collection the only other six-figure entry. *Kenny Chesney (BNA/Sony Music Nashville) 185-200k *Lil’ Wayne (Cash Money/Universal Motown) 105-115k (Weakend Chart Preview)
The release was initially projected to sell no more than 100,000 copies.
Lil Wayne’s 10-track digital-only release for Cash Money/Universal Motown, I Am Not a Human Being, with the physical album coming out Oct. 12 shows first-week digital sales are projected to be in the 90-100k range. (Hits Daily Double)
Wayne’s album was released on his 28th birthday this past Monday.
Lil Wayne, the Louisiana rapper in jail on a weapons charge, turns 28 today. For today’s music, here’s a listen of Lil Wayne’s hit “Lollipop” to start off the week in a decadent Las Vegas party, heavy guitar riff kind of way. Also today, Lil Wayne released his latest album “I Am Not a Human Being,” online. Songs from the album have been leaked on to the Web for the past few weeks. Non-digital stores will have to wait two more weeks before they can sell the album, which has some brick-and-mortar record shops angry at the rapper for leaving them out of the initial release sales. (Washington Post)
The digital release also reportedly upset retailers which profit from selling physical copies.
Lil Wayne is giving himself a nice birthday present on Monday (Sept. 27), but brick-and-mortar merchants haven’t been invited to the party. The rapper will release his next album, “I Am Not A Human Being,” initially through digital channels only, with the physical release coming out two weeks later on Oct. 12. The physical album will have 12 tracks, two more than the digital release. Most brick-and-mortar merchants are upset by the move and worry that putting a digital release out early could turn into a trend. “Its disturbing,” says one merchant. “Its definitely putting brick-and-mortar second, and we are going to lose business that we would normally get. How is the consumer going to know that the album will have a second physical release?” (Billboard)
Check out Lil Wayne’s “I’m Not A Human Being” music video below: