Lil Wayne‘s comeback has been crowned with chart success.
The Hip-Hop titan uncaged long-awaited album ‘Tha Carter V’ last week – seven years after his last studio effort.
A legal wrangle with Birdman blocked the release of the project, but with the drama behind them the pathway was cleared for the set’s unleashing.
Still, a win was far from a given.
Indeed, beyond the ever-risky reality attached to elongated stints out of the spotlight, during Weezy’s time away the industry shape-shifted towards streaming-led consumption. A fact that’s proven fatal for some acts whose strongest metric was physical sales.
Fortunately for the rapper, he has nothing to worry about. Quite the contrary.
The final numbers are in and they await after the jump…
Per Billboard, the ‘Tha Carter V’ officially premieres at #1 on the Billboard 200 tally.
It does so with 480,000 sales plus streaming units. A feat which renders the set the third-largest opener for an album in 2018. [Its pure sales figure is 141,000]
Furthermore, the LP debuts with the second-biggest streaming week ever for an album, wracking up 433 million on-demand audio streams for its songs in its first week.
The project, which features guest spots from the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, Nivea, and Ashanti, earns Wayne his fourth #1 album.
Having proven his potency in today’s streaming led climate, Wayne re-cements himself as one of music’s most formidable forces.
Moving forward, he’s now tasked with ensuring the set has legs.
In the here and now, though, big congrats.