(Lil Wayne on Drake's first week sales of 'Take Care')
Fans weren’t the only ones were impressed with the 631, 000 copies that Drake’s sophomore album Take Care sold it its first week on the charts. The Young Money rapper was predicted to sell between 675,000 and 725,000 copies but his sales still landed him the third best first-week sales of the year (after Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne). Take Care even outsold Kanye West and Jay-Z’s Watch The Throne album in week one, and Hov reached out to Drake to say congratulations.
Hov penned a handwritten note to Drake, which the Toronto rapper then posted as a photo on his OVO blog. “Monster # comes, proud of your journey. Peace, Hov,” read the personalized note from Jay.
The two have collaborated in the past, when Drake offered his assistance on the song “Off That” from Jay-Z’s 2009 album The Blueprint 3. Jay returned the favor by giving Drake a verse on the song “Light Up” from his 2010 debut Thank Me Later. The track finds Jay passing down some cautionary advice to Drake, after surviving so many years in the music industry (including silly beefs).
Young Money CEO, Lil Wayne, was a bit more lax about Drake’s album sales when MTV News caught up with him in New Orleans last week. “Pardon me for sounding however I sound with this statement, but we rich as sh-t, so numbers and record sales, that doesn't matter to none of us," Wayne said. "We just want to get a perfect point across, a swell opinion across."