After countless delays and legal issues, Lil Wayne's highly anticipated Tha Carter V finally arrived on Sept. 28. As expected, Billboard reports the album has debuted at No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200.
Tunechi's comeback record has launched with 480,000 equivalent album units, 141,000 in pure album sales. That's the third-largest week for an album so far in 2018. Billboard also notes that Wayne has scored the second-largest streaming week ever for an album with 433 million on-demand U.S. streams during its debut week. That exceeds expectations that it'd be the third-largest ever.
The only album to outdo Tha Carter V's first-week streams is Drake's Scorpion, which raked in 745.9 million on-demand streams in its first week.
Tha Carter V is Wayne's first No. 1 full-length since 2011's Tha Carter IV and his fourth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 overall, with 2008's III and 2010's I Am Not a Human Being rounding out the rest.
Tha Carter V was originally announced all the way back in November 2012. After numerous delays, Wayne alleged that his then label boss Birdman was holding back its release. Following a lengthy legal battle, the rapper reached a settlement with Cash Money, allowing him to share Tha Carter V with the world.