Unless you’re Jay-Z and Kanye West, it’s an industry rule of thumb that an artist’s album will leak days – or even weeks – in advance.
So when Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV leaked five days in advance, the Young Money head honcho did the only thing he could: take it in stride.
We did real good this time, real good,” said Wayne in an interview with MTV News following his VMA performance. “It just means people want to hear it. I mean, ’cause there’re people’s albums that come out that can be leaked and don’t leak, so I’m glad mines leaked.”
Clearly, the leak hasn’t significantly slown Tha Carter IV‘s sales down, as the album is projected to sell just under one million copies in its first week, and has broken the the first-week iTunes sales record.
“I think we should still do well,” said Mack Maine of the project. “The leak shouldn’t have affected it that much. Actually, this is the first time that the albums leaked so close [to the release date]. Tha Carter III leaked two weeks before and we still did [1 million] the first week. So if history repeats itself, we shouldn’t have any problems.”
Watch the interview below: