This Will Buy Him Lots Of Lollipops!

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Here’s something unexpected!

Although most industry insiders believed Madonna or Mariah would be the top-selling album of the year, it turns out that might not be the case.

Someone’s set to beat both divas for biggest sales of the year, and that’s rapper and “pretty boyLil’ Wayne.

What helped his album get so much hype before it was even released?

Turns out it was helped by all the internet leaks of his songs!!!

It’s been the best free publicity, say industry experts.

Lil’ Wayne’s Tha Carter III came out this Tuesday morning, so exact figures have yet been determined, but execs at his music label estimate the album will sell between 850,000 and 950,000 by the end of its first week.

And if they’re right, that’d be double the amount Mariah’s album opened with.

Damnnnnnnn!

Pat Monaco, exec VP of sales for the Universal Motown Republic Group, says that, “The accounts were bullish by 10 in the morning. The sales the first few hours were exceeding the rate that the Kanye album sold a year ago. Wayne was one of these records that, because it was so highly anticipated, with the leaks and everything, it caused more people to go out at 8 in the morning to buy the CD.”

And with the CD such a long time in the making, Monaco adds that finalizing the album was “like putting a traditional setup and street date on a guy that was just nontraditional. It changed dates, changed titles, changed songs, changed the people that were working on it. But sonically, the record bears out.”

Let’s see if the album really sells that well.

Suck on it!

[Image via WENN.]

Jun 11, 2008 8:15pm PST

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