A Milli? 5 Reasons Lil Wayne’s ‘Tha Carter IV’ Outsold Jay-Z and Kanye West’s ‘Watch The Throne’

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By: cyuscavage / September 8, 2011

1. Lil Wayne’s “6 Foot 7 Foot” is a much bigger single than The Throne’s “Otis”—despite the fact that it was released more than nine months ago.

There isn’t a huge difference between the two singles as far as chart positions go—”6 Foot 7 Foot” peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, while “Otis” has gone as high as No. 12—but it’s safe to say that a lot of the success of “Otis” can be attributed to the fact that Jay and ‘Ye built WTT‘s buzz up to a deafening level before they finally threw hip-hop fans a bone and released “Otis.” Wayne, on the other hand, dropped “6 Foot 7 Foot” allllll the way back in 2010, which has given both the song and the Bangladesh instrumental time to work their way into the mainstream. As a result, it remains ubiquitous on Top 40 radio.

Oh, and don’t think we forgot about “How To Love,” either. Hate it or love it, that song is a huge crossover hit for Wayne (it peaked at No. 5 on the Hot 100 chart) and, while hip-hop heads haven’t exactly embraced it, mainstream radio has. And that’s what you need to sell a million albums in your first week.