Page last updated at 10:07 GMT, Friday, 13 June 2008 11:07 UK

Lil' Wayne eyes US chart record

Lil Wayne on MTV
Five songs from Lil' Wayne's album feature in the US top 200

"Dirty south" rap star Lil' Wayne is set to go straight to number one in the US album charts, after selling 423,000 copies of his record in just one day.

Early figures put the Louisiana rapper on target to have the biggest sales week of the year in the States.

The record is currently held by Mariah Carey, whose E=MC2 album sold 463,000 copies in April.

Tha Carter III is Lil' Wayne's sixth release. Lead single Lollipop has already spent five weeks at number one.

It is also the rapper's first hit single in the UK - where he is probably best known for his cameo on the Destiny's Child single Soldier.

The first day sales figures are based on information from nine of America's biggest music retailers, including Best Buy, Borders and iTunes.

Other new entries set for the album chart include Coldplay's Viva La Vida, N.E.R.D.'s Seeing Sounds and Alanis Morisette's Flavors of Entanglement, according to Billboard magazine.


SEE ALSO
Rapper arrested on drug charges
24 Jan 08 |  Entertainment
US rapper arrested after concert
07 Oct 07 |  Entertainment
Rap fan sues over concert crush
30 Aug 07 |  Entertainment
Rappers arrested on gun charges
23 Jul 07 |  Entertainment
Mariah breaks Elvis chart record
03 Apr 08 |  Entertainment
US chart triumph for Leona Lewis
27 Mar 08 |  Entertainment

RELATED BBC LINKS

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific