Grammy Award winning rap artist Lil Wayne’s celebrates another #1 album with his recently released Tha Carter V (Young Money/Republic Records). It topped the charts as #1 album in both the Rap and Hip Hop/R&B categories streaming over 433 Million times in its debut week.
DEBUTS #1 ON BILLBOARD 200 CHART
RAPPER’S FOURTH #1 ALBUM
2ND LARGEST U.S. STREAMING ALBUM OF THE YEAR (433M STREAMS)
APPLE MUSIC’S 2ND LARGEST STREAMING DAY FOR AN ALBUM
HONORED WITH BET “I AM HIP HOP” AWARD AT BET HIP HOP AWARDS IN MIAMI, FL
PERFORMING TONIGHT ON NFL’S MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
GENESIS HALFTIME SHOW BETWEEN WASHINGTON RED SKINS & NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
WATCH LIL WAYNE PERFORM “DEDICATE” ON THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JIMMY FALLON (below)
The much-anticipated project — which according to Nielsen has clocked in at over 480,000 in sales — hosts over 23 tracks and is Wayne’s fourth #1 album after Tha Carter IV (2011), I Am Not a Human Being (2010) and the landmark Tha Carter III (2008). Tha Carter V holds rank as the third largest streaming album of the year (following Post Malone’s Beerbongs & Bentleys and Drake’s Scorpion) and contributed to Apple Music’s 2nd largest streaming day for an album. Featuring the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Nicki Minaj, Travis Scott and the late XXXTentacion, Wayne’s Tha Carter V — which has already received critical acclaim — continues to solidify the rapper’s aptly monikered title of being the “Greatest of All Time.” Listen to Tha Carter V HERE, and for the full tracklist, see below.
The album release came at the heels of Lil Wayne’s 36th birthday last week and was the first stop of a week-long run of celebration for the artist. Wayne stopped by “The Late Night Show with Jimmy Fallon” for a little couch time and performed “Dedicate” off the project — WATCH HERE. Wayne then returned to his home turf in New Orleans for “CRWN with Elliot Wilson” for a round of discussions around the making of the album. The momentous week was capped this past weekend where Lil Wayne was honored with the “I AM HIP HOP” award at the BET Hip Hop Awards which took place in Lil Wayne’s second home of Miami, FL.
Having sold millions of albums worldwide and garnered five GRAMMY awards (most recently for the track “No Problem” by Chance The Rapper ft. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz), Lil Wayne is one of the most successful and critically lauded artists in Hip Hop. Touted Rap’s first rock star, he released his first project at the age of 12 and went on to release his first solo album in 1999 when he was just 17. He released the first installment of his legendary Tha Carter series in 2004 before releasing three others, including the landmark Tha Carter III in 2008. Lil Wayne also holds the record for the most entries on the Billboard Hot 100 chart by a male solo artist with 138 entries including 20 Top 10 Hits (3rd most appearance all-time). His most recent studio album and the much anticipated, Tha Carter V, was released at the end of September and debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Charts — continuing his streak with four #1 albums inclusively. Lil Wayne, aptly monikered the “Greatest of All Time” is also one of only three rappers to have sold over a million albums in the first week including 10 million RIAA Certified Albums and 21 million RIAA Certified Digital Singles. Lil Wayne is also a celebrated author who released his memoir “Gone Till November” in October of 2016 chronicling his experience in Rikers Island. Outside of his iconic music career, Lil Wayne has continued on as the CEO of his own Young Money Records (in conjunction with Republic Records) and was recently awarded the “I Am Hip Hop” award at this year’s BET Hip Hop Awards.