Mack Maine Not Concerned With First Week C4 Sales
With Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV finally officially hitting shelves today (August 29), the question will now be tossed around, will C4 outdo C3’s lofty first week’s sales?
But according to Young Money president Mack Maine, first week sales aren’t the barometer that he uses to gauge the success of an album, admitting he and his boss Weezy are in it for the long haul.
“[Wayne] actually told us if he don’t do those same numbers again as C3 don’t be mad,” Mack admitted to XXL.
“I said this before,” he continued. “I told Nicki—she was kinda nervous about her first-week sales—I said, ‘First week sales don’t matter.’ I’d rather my final sales matter. I know albums from Juvenile 400 Degreez to Beiber’s first album sold 20, or 30,000 the first-week and went onto sell 2 million one album then 6 million on another album. I saw Gaga did the 99 cent thing [and] then [her] second-week it did like 175,000. Congratulation as it relates to her. With Wayne, I don’t want him to sell a million the first-week, [and] then drop to 100,000 the next week then 50,00 the following week. I’d rather sell ten times platinum total.”
“People have gotten away from working a record,” said Mack, “With Nicki, we’re on our seventh or eighth video on Pink Friday,” he added. “We working!”
Tha Carter III sold 400,000 copies in its first day on shelves when it dropped in June 2008. After one week in stores the album had already reached platinum status.