Despite an early leak, industry forecasters are reporting that hip hop heavyweight Lil’ Wayne’s ‘Tha Carter IV’ is still set to have an impressive debut on next week’s Billboard 200 -boasting sales of 700-850k. If such is the case, the numbers would easily give him the highest tally of any solo male artist this year, and second overall (under Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’).
The forecasted numbers best that of fellow hip-hop heavyweights Jay-Z & Kanye West (who interestingly managed to release their album unleaked). Regardless, ‘IV’ will mark Wayne’s 3rd no. 1 album and second highest first week sales behind ‘Tha Carter III’ (which sold a whopping 1 million its first week in 2008).