Lil Wayne to re-release 'Tha Carter III'

Universal cannot confirm

NEW YORK -- Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III" is handily the best-selling album of 2008, but the rapper has plans to make it even bigger. The set will be re-released with all brand new songs, Wayne told MTV, although Universal says there are no details confirmed at deadline.

Wayne remains the hardest-working man in popular music. He recently revealed on his blog that he had already begun work on "Tha Carter IV" and that he will release a 20-song mixtape, "Dedication 3," on his Web site. In addition, he's collaborating with T-Pain for a duet album, "T-Wayne," which is slated for 2009.

Wayne took home the lyricist of the year, MVP of the year and people's champ awards at the 2008 BET Hip-Hop Awards, which were filmed in Atlanta on Saturday (Oct. 18). During the taping, he announced he is expecting his first son. "I've got a son about to be born in any day now, so shout out to him. Pray for me," he said.

"Tha Carter III" has sold 2.55 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" is the second best-selling album of 2008 at 1.81 million.