Over one million copies of Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III were sold in its first week acoording to the official soundscan that will come out tomorrow. The last artist to top over one million album sales in one week was 50 Cent in 2005 with the release of The Massacre. Kanye West almost reached the million mark in 2007 when Graduation sold 957,000 units.
It's remarkable that Wayne has sold over a million given the decline in overall album sales and there was the belief that an early leak of the album would negatively impact his sales. While some people dispute Lil Wayne's claim that he's the "Best Rapper Alive," there's little doubt that he's the "Most Popular Rapper Alive."