Lil Wayne: 'I'm glad 'Tha Carter IV' leaked online'

"It just means people want to hear it," says rapper

Lil Wayne: 'I'm glad 'Tha Carter IV' leaked online'

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Lil Wayne has claimed that he is "glad" that his new album 'Tha Carter IV' leaked online before its official release.

The rapper had been due to release his album on August 29 – the day after his performance at last weekend's MTV Video Music Awards (August 28) – but a copy of the album was made available for download on the internet on August 24, five days before its scheduled release date.

However, Lil Wayne told MTV that, rather than being annoyed at the leak, he was pleased to know that fans had been eager to hear the LP.

He said:

We did real good this time, real good. It just means people want to hear it. I mean, 'cause there's people's albums that come out that can be leaked and don't leak, so I'm glad mine's leaked.

Meanwhile, Mack Maine – president of Cash Money Records, the label that released 'Tha Carter IV' – added:

I think we should still do well. 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 [one million] the first week. So if history repeats itself, we shouldn't have any problems.

Last week, Billboard were predicting that 'Tha Carter IV' would sell close to one million copies in its first week of release. It was also set to have the biggest sales week for a hip-hop album since Wayne's 'Tha Carter III' sold a reported 1.01 million copies in June 2008.

Earlier this year, Lil Wayne revealed his future plans to retire from the music industry. The rapper – who is currently 28 – said he planned to call time on his career when he reaches his 30s.

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