Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III which was released thirteen years ago has surpassed a billion streams on Spotify.
The landmark achievement arrives just a couple of weeks after the 13th anniversary of the project. Earlier this month, Weezy took to Instagram to reflect on the 6x platinum album, which upon its release became the last rap LP to sell a million copies in its first week.
“Happy 13th to the project that basically showed me my fans/supporters have love for me,” Wayne captioned a photograph of the Carter III cover art. “We did ‘Amilli’ the first week during a time where sales were down due to piracy/bootlegging!!! For that I’ll forever be grateful!”
Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter 3 has now surpassed 1 billion Spotify streams – His 3rd album to do it
1.3bn – Tha Carter V
1.3bn – Tha Carter IV
1.0bn – Tha Carter III
Where does Tha Carter series rank in hip-hop album series?
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Released on June 10, 2008, Tha Carter III sold 423,000 copies on its first day and 1,005,545 copies within the first week of its release. The album debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 chart, earning Wayne his first No. 1 debut and his sixth Top 10 album.
Carter III scored the biggest first-week sales for any album in 2008 within the united states and was the first album to achieve the million mark in one week since 50 Cent’s 2005 LP The Massacre.
At the time, Wayne responded to his impressive sales performance with a freestyle over the beat from the Carter III standout “A Milli”: “A milli-on sold, first day, I went gold / How do I celebrate? Work on Tha Carter IV / Shout out to every DJ / Bootleggers, I made history anyway.”