Incarcerated rapper Lil Wayne‘s I’m Not A Human Being album will reportedly drop around 75 percent in its projected week two sales.
According to reports, Wayne’s digital-only release will sell no more than 30,000 copies.
No album will sell over 100k next week, but Kenny Chesney extends his lead in the race for #1, and a repeat victory, on next week’s chart. Here’s how it looks headed into the weekend: Kenny Chesney (BNA/Sony Music Nashville) 75-80k Eminem (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) 55-60k *Waka Flocka Flame (Asylum/WB) 35-40k Trey Songz (Atlantic) 30-35k Lil Wayne (Cash Money/Universal Motown) 27-30k (Hits Daily Double)
This week, Weezy’s LP opened the chart with over 110,000 sold records.
Imprisoned rapper Lil Wayne’s digital-only I Am Not A Human Being release debuted on the chart this week at No. 2 while Kenny Chesney’s Hemingway’s Whiskey opened atop the competition with 183,500. According to Nielsen SoundScan, Wayne’s album has sold 110,300 copies in the past seven days. (SOHH Sales Wrap)
Wayne’s album was released on his 28th birthday last week.
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: