Courtesy of Cash Money Records

First week album sales for Lil Wayne’s ninth studio album ‘Tha Carter IV’ are projected to reach 900,000 according to iTunes sales estimates, despite the album being illegally leaked a week before its scheduled release.

Album sales reached over 300,000 in four days, breaking the record for first week US album sales. Jay-Z and Kanye West previously held the record for their collaboration ‘Watch the Throne.’

The album was digitally released on iTunes following the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards on August 28, five days early. Immediately after release, it topped the iTunes album charts.

Grammy Award winner Lil Wayne remained decidedly upbeat following the albums illegal leak. The rapper told MTV: “We did real good this time, real good. It just means people want to hear it… there are people’s albums that come out that can be leaked and don’t leak, so I’m glad mines leaked.(sic)”

This isn’t the first album leak the rapper has been forced to contend with. In fact, every one of Lil Wayne’s studio albums has been leaked online. However, speaking to Rolling Stone, Lil Wayne’s manager Cortez Bryant had hopes this fate could be avoided: “I think we’re lucky this time… We held it until the last moment we could.”

Watch the music video for Lil Wayne’s “How to Love” below: