While the music industry anxiously awaits this coming week’s Soundscan numbers to reveal how many copies Lil Wayne’s ‘Tha Carter IV’ sold, Compton rapper Game quietly scored his first No. 1 album in almost five years, nudging Jay-Z and Kanye West’s ‘Watch the Throne’ from its lofty perch.
Game’s ‘The R.E.D. Album’ squeaked by ‘Watch the Throne’ with first week sales of 98,000, according to Billboard, followed by Jay and Kanye’s album, at 94,000, making ‘R.E.D.’ Game’s first No. 1 since his 2007 album, ‘Doctor’s Advocate.’ Interestingly, though his last album ‘LAX’ sold an impressive 239,000 copies in its first week week back in 2008, that number was only good enough to secure the No. 2 slot.
Game’s fourth effort will likely be surpassed next week by Wayne’s ‘IV’, which is estimated to sell somewhere between 850,000 and 900,000 copies. Meanwhile, Tyler, The Creator’s album ‘Goblin’ jumped 92 spots to No. 96, selling 4,100 for an auspicious total of 108,000, following his Best New Artist victory at the VMAs.
Will ‘The R.E.D. Album’ beat out ‘Watch the Throne’ for No. 2 next week? Will Weezy crack a milli? Let us know what you think!