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Amazing. In the era of piracy and P2P, there aren't many better words to describe what Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III" did in its first week: 1 million sold. It's the biggest sales frame since 50 Cent's "The Massacre" dropped with 1.14 million units in 2005 and only the 15th seven-figure week in SoundScan's 17-year history.

Lil Wayne has been a regular in the top 10 for nine years, but "Tha Carter III" is his first chart-topper. And he never had posted numbers anywhere near this; his previous best sales week was 238,000 for "Tha Carter II" in December 2005.

Buildup for "Carter III" has been intense: Lil Wayne spent the past five weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "Lollipop" — one of five songs from the new album on the singles chart. The New Orleans rapper also guests on charting tracks from Usher and Lloyd.

Elsewhere, rapper Plies bursts into the top 10 along with albums by N*E*R*D, Alanis Morissette and My Morning Jacket. (partialdiff)