Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV is expected to outperform Kanye West and Jay Z’s Watch the Throne, according to early iTunes sale estimates. It is expected that the first week of sales for Wayne’s ninth studio album, released last Sunday, will have brought in 850,000-900,000 sales.
In comparison, Billboard projected that the first week of sales for the highly-anticipated Watch the Throne album brought in 436,000 copies in the United States, which could mean that Wayne’s album could more than double the collaborative effort by Wayne and Jay-Z when the final numbers come in.
Wayne’s album, which was scheduled for a later release, but was ultimately put up on sale early five days early because of an online leak, could reach even up to a high-end 975,000 copies, according to HITS Daily Double. Not only did the album beat Watch the Throne, but it set a brand new digital weekly sales record, which was previously held by Jay-Z and West’s release in mid-August.
Wayne says he is “glad” that his album was illegally leaked early, forcing him to therefore release the official album.
“We did real good this time, real good,” Wayne told MTV’s Jim Cantiello. “It just means people want to hear it. I mean, ’cause there are people’s albums that come out that can be leaked and don’t leak, so I’m glad mines leaked.”