Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV may have fallen just short of the million mark in its first full week of sales, but Birdman feels platinum regardless.
The #1 Stunna spoke with MTV News’ Sway Calloway on his Shade 45 “Sway in the Morning” radio show about Weezy’s #1 album and 964,000 copies sold.
“People doin’ different numbers,” Birdman said of the initial predictions, which had Wayne selling more than a million. “But this comes from Billboard. To me, that’s a million; 964, we right there, so it’s cool. We’ll just keep grinding, I guess.”
Baby also touched on the Internet rumors that he and Cash Money purchased copies of Tha Carter IV to ensure a mega-sales debut.
“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.
Catch MTV News’ Sway Calloway on “Sway in the Morning,” on SiriusXM Radio’s Shade 45, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon ET.