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Lil Wayne's new CD sells 964,000 units in 1st week

Tuesday, September 06, 2011
FILE - In this June 11, 2011 file photo, Lil Wayne performs during the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. Lil Wayne said Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, he is recovering after gashing his head at a St. Louis-area skateboard park. The 28-year-old rapper whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. was in suburban St. Louis Sunday for a performance at the outdoor Verizon Amphitheatre. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, file)

FILE - In this June 11, 2011 file photo, Lil Wayne performs during the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. Lil Wayne said Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, he is recovering after gashing his head at a St. Louis-area skateboard park. The 28-year-old rapper whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. was in suburban St. Louis Sunday for a performance at the outdoor Verizon Amphitheatre. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, file)

It wasn't quite "A Milli" but it was awful close: Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter IV" sold 964,000 in its debut week for the second-best first-week sales of the year.

The figures were released by Nielsen SoundScan on Tuesday.

Only Lady Gaga sold more this year. Her "Born This Way" hit No. 1 with 1.1 million sold thanks in part to a one-day offer from Amazon.com to buy the album for 99 cents.

Lil Wayne just barely missed his own sales record. "Tha Carter III" sold just over 1 million when it was released in 2008.

Lil Wayne made "Tha Carter IV" available for digital download immediately after an appearance on the MTV Video Music Awards, and released a physical CD two days later.

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