According to Hits Daily Double, Lil Wayne’s long-delayed album is set to move 475,000 to 525,000 units during its first week, which amounts to about 165,000 to 180,000 in pure sales. This projection solidly places him at the top of the Billboard 200—and if the numbers pan out, he’ll have the third largest opening week of the year, after Drake and Travis Scott.
Weezy’s last album, 2013’s I Am Not a Human Being II moved about 217,000 copies in its first week, while Tha Carter IV sold an incredible 964,000 in 2011, per MTV.
For Lil Wayne fans, Tha Carter V almost became a false promise, as Weezy endured a few tumultuous years of lawsuits. In June, after a long legal battle, Wayne finally settled his lawsuit with Birdman and Cash Money Records for a confidential amount. Wayne’s attorney Ron Sweeney said in a statement, “I can say that my client is happy. He is his own man, a man that owns his assets, his music and himself. At some point, Wayne will let his fans know what’s going to happen next.”