- Fresh off the release of what is probably the worst album of his career, the good news keeps coming for Lil Wayne. “Tha Carter IV” sold 964,000 in its first week, just under the 1 million goal. Birdman, founder of Cash Money Records, denies buying copies of the album to boost sales, which is kind of funny. Red Hot Chili Peppers will enter the charts at No. 2, selling 229,000 copies of “I’m With You,” more than 200,000 fewer than the band’s last album, “Stadium Arcadium.”
- Lil Wayne also finds his name all over the list of nominees for the BET Hip Hop Awards, which were released this morning. It’s all of the names you would expect to see — Chris Brown, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Wiz Khalifa, etc. The Best Mixtape category has some strong entrees with Big K.R.I.T.’s “Return of 4Eva,” Kendrick Lamar ’s “Section.80” and Frank Ocean’s “Nostalgia Ultra.”
- Comes 2012, say goodbye to Mos Def and hello to Yassin.
Clicky shuffle: Your random song for Thursday morning:
- Warsaw (Joy Division), “Leaders of Men”