Lil Wayne debuts at number one in US with 'Tha Carter IV'

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American rap star Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV has sold 964,000 in its first week according to America's Nielsen SoundScan on Tuesday, charting him at number one on Billboard's US chart.

The album, which released on August 29, scored the biggest sales week for a hip-hop album since Weezy's own Tha Carter III, with 1.01 million sold in June, 2008.

Tha Carter IV also marks 2011's best-selling album following Lady Gaga's 1.11 million debut with Born This Way. Tha Carter IV, the rapper's ninth studio album, has peaked at number eight on the UK album chart.

This album is Lil Wayne's fourth in his Tha Carter series and features contributions from Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Corey Gunz, and T-Pain.

Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III won a Grammy for Best Rap Album, debuted at number one on the US Billboard chart and has sold 3.2 million copies worldwide.

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