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September 7th, 2011
Originally, Lil Wayne’s new album Tha Carter IV was projected to sell approximately 700,000 copies in its first week. Then it was about 850,000. Well, Weezy exceeded expectations, nearly matching his 1.01 million mark he reached with 2008’s Tha Carter III. After Lady Gaga’s Born This Way, which sold 1.1 million in its first week (though a good chunk of those were through Amazon’s 99-cent download), it’s the biggest first week for any album of 2011. (Via Billboard)
Come 2012, Mos Def will be no more. The rapper/actor recently revealed that he will undergo a name change at the end of 2011. The new name will be Yasiin, which means “rich” in Arabic. Mos says he is looking to “expand and move on” with his life, and that Yasiin is a representation of who he really is. No word yet on whether this is the name he will use when he stars on the new season of Dexter. (Via NME)
Soulja Boy will not include the now infamous army-bashing song, “Let’s Be Real,” on his upcoming album. In fact, his management says they are scrambling around trying to remove all traces of the song from the internet. A rep says the song was hastily posted online and will not be available for purchase. To make amends, Soulja Boy says he is willing to perform concerts for the military, as well as meet-and-greet sessions. (Via TMZ)Tweet