It's customary when artists hit #1 for them to receive congratulatory gift baskets from friends and associates. The baskets must be lining up at Rikers Island, where Lil Wayne is finishing a sentence for a weapons violation. The rapper's I Am Not A Human Being surges from #16 to #1 in its third week on the Billboard 200 in the wake of the belated release of the CD. The album had debuted at #2 two weeks ago just on the strength of digital sales. The album sold 125,000 copies this week, which is a little more than the 110,000 it sold two weeks ago when it was brand new.
In 1969, Johnny Cash hit #1 with Live At San Quentin. But I'd never thought we'd see the day that an artist in prison, not just performing in one, would have a #1 album.
This is Wayne's second #1 album, following 2008's Tha Carter III. The CD includes three extra tracks that weren't on the 10-song digital edition.
I Am Not A Human Being is the first album to shoot from outside the top 15 to #1 since Radiohead's InRead More »from Week Ending Oct. 17, 2010: #1 And Behind Bars