If he sells a million or even a copy more than Kanye’s first week numbers he will considered the biggest Hip hop artist for the rest of this year, because there is no album on the horizon that will clear anything of this magnitude. Billboard has been keeping tally:
The magic million is within sight of Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter III.” The Cash Money/Universal album continues to lead Nielsen SoundScan’s Building chart, released today (June 13). Based on the new tally, the album could sell a million copies by the time SoundScan closes out its tracking week on Sunday night.
Unweighted sales of “Carter” through the close of business yesterday stood at 630,000. That’s the largest number the Friday Building chart has seen since it began in September.
The last album to rack up a similar number on a Friday Building chart was Kanye West’s “Graduation” (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam), which posted a 600,000 figure the Friday of its release. “Graduation” would go on to shift 957,000 in its first full week.
The last album to sell a million copies in a week was 50 Cent’s “The Massacre” (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope), when it bowed with 1.1 million in March 2005.