Today Young Money/Cash Money flagship artist Lil Wayne show and proved just why he’s the number one shotta at the famed label when his Carter IV album skyrocketed to the top of the charts. Weezy put up an impressive 964,000 copies of his comeback album, just 40 thousand under hitting a million records sold in one single week for the second straight release.
The news of Wayne possibly nailing the million mark had been the talk of the industry for the past week, let alone the past few months. In a stark period where rappers celebrate upon simply achieving gold status, the thoughts of Wayne selling a million records in one day is unheard. Some critics went as far to suggest that Cash Money was purchasing the albums to hit the intended goal of selling a million records as well surpass Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne album. But not so fast, says Cash Money founder Birdman.
Early this morning Birdman, currently on tour with Wayne, phoned in to Sway’s Shade 45 morning show dismissing the allegations of a forced purchase on behalf of his label to spike Wayne’s sales.
“Nah, man, that really don’t make no sense. Why would we do that?” Birdman asked. “I press and distribute ‘em. Ain’t no need for me to buy ‘em. That’s hustling backwards; we ain’t in it for that. I ain’t ever been a part of that type of scheme to be buyin’ records. We don’t do that, homey. We be working too hard to be — that don’t go with what we do. We truly what we do. We’re real about what we do, we work hard every day at it, and we work for the people. That’s what we do music for: for people. And we appreciate the love they give us back. But no such thing as me buying no CDs. I wouldn’t even play it like that.”
After being pressed by Sway, the Cash Money CEO estimated that the company made about $10 per album sold, but the exact number remains to be seen. Regardless, Birdman insists that the Cash Money/ Young Money camp is back to work and focusing on Drake’s sophomore album, Take Care, which is set to be released October 24.
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