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Lil Wayne Debuts at Number 1

Lil Wayne Scores 2nd Largest Streaming Week Ever with Tha Carter V

Lil Wayne has landed his fourth number 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Tha Carter V debuts on top of the tally and was released on September 28th via Young Money/Republic Records. The album makes a splash with 480,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending October 4th. Most noteworthy, that sum is the third-largest week for an album in 2018. Furthermore, Tha Carter V also opened with the second-biggest streaming week ever for an album. Carter V recorded 433 million on-demand audio streams for its songs on the first week.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. and uses multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Additionally, of the 480,000 units, most were driven by streaming equivalent albums. In fact, 325,000 of those units were streams. The rest of the albums opening overall unit sum is comprised of album sales. There have been 141,000 traditional sales.

 

Lil Wayne Has his Fourth Number 1

Tha Carter V is the fourth leader on the Billboard 200 for Lil Wayne. The rapper previously topped the chart with Tha Carter IV in 2011, holding the spot for 2 weeks. Other appearances are I Am Not a Human Being in 2010 and Tha Carter III in 2008. Most noteworthy, Tha Carter V is Lil Wayne’s 15th entry on the chart and his 11th top 10 overall.

Additionally, Tha Carter V’s 325,000 streaming-equivalent-album units translates to 433 million on-demand audio streams. This is good for the second-biggest streaming week ever posted by an album. The only album with a larger single-week sum was earned by Lil Wayne’s artist, Drake, with his album Scorpion. That album launched with 745.9 million on-demand audio streams for its tracks earlier this year. It’s nice to see Lil Wayne find himself back at the top after his long legal battle.