As Lil Wayne’s critically acclaimed ‘Tha Carter III’ nears 4 million in traditional sales in the United States, here’s an updated look at its RIAA re-certification eligibility.
With the 3.97 million copies sold and 10.5 million in RIAA certified units across its singles, ‘Tha Carter III’ is up for a 5x Platinum certification through the RIAA. Using the ratio of 10 single units to 1 album sale, the album has notched up over 1.05m units from single equivalents and at least 5.02 million total RIAA units.
It’s also worth noting that none of the singles from the album have earned new certifications since 2011 (before RIAA added streams to album and single totals). Lead single “Lollipop” (Hot 100: #1) is currently the highest certified track from the album at 5x Platinum.
In celebration of the album’s 10 year anniversary, ‘Tha Carter III’ resurfaced on the United States charts. In the week ending June 14 (exactly a decade since its release), the album jumped 230% in pure sales and re-entered the Billboard 200 at #163.
It has maintained this sales bump since then, selling nearly 500 pure copies each week and racking up weekly US streams north of 5 million. It once again re-enters the Billboard 200 this week, this time at #194.