It's only a few days until Lil Wayne releases Tha Carter IV, but he's already setting new records. Weezy's latest single, "She Will," lands with a bang at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, his highest debut ever on the chart.
"She Will," which features Weezy's Young Money protégé Drake on its chorus, is the album's fourth single to make the top 100, after "6 Foot, 7 Foot" featuring Cory Gunz, "John" featuring Rick Ross and "How to Love." According to Billboard, "She Will" is Wayne's fifth top 10 debut on the chart, placing him ahead of Kanye West and Eminem. The song also debuted at #1 on the Billboard Digital Songs chart and is now at #17 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Song chart.
Lil Tunechi is ramping up the momentum for his ninth album at an ideal time. In an unprecedented move, Tha Carter IV will be available Sunday night at midnight, right after the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, where he is set to perform.
"We've been brainstorming and taking from things that we put together on the road, so I think they can just expect a new and improved Wayne, a different Wayne," Wayne's musical director Gil Smith told MTV News of the VMA set. "You know, he always comes different: One day he's a rock star, one day he's a skater; he's singing R&B. I think we can expect a little bit of everything in this performance."
The video for his hit rap ballad "How to Love" just premiered online and the song currently sits on the Hot 100 chart at #8.
On Wednesday, a song from the album called "It's Good," featuring Jadakiss and Drake, leaked online. It features Weezy lobbing a dis towards Jay-Z with the line "Kidnap your bitch, get that how much you love your lady money," which clearly refers to Beyoncé. A possible war of words with Hova will surely spark more interest in Tha Carter IV.
Perhaps Weezy's only stumble lately was a skateboarding accident over the weekend that left him with a gash over his eye that required nine stitches.
The 28th annual MTV Video Music Awards will air live Sunday, August 28, from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles at 9 p.m. ET/PT, following the Selena Gomez-hosted pre-show at 8. See the list of nominees, revisit last year's highlights and vote for Best New Artist by visiting VMA.MTV.com.