By The Numbers
Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III will, barring any unforeseen disasters, be next week’s No. 1 album, but it won’t debut in the top spot: Enough record stores broke street date on the album to result in it scanning 3,900 copies and entering this week’s SoundScan charts at No. 167, where it’s tied with the Santogold album and just ahead of Soulja Boy. There is something so sweetly old-school about both the street-date violations and the maybe-seven-figure first-week tallies that it’s making me choke up a bit!