Lopsided much? That's become the saga of the modern-day recording industry, where top-heaviness has become the rule. According to stats published by Nielsen Soundscan, Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV accounted for 1 out of every 7 albums purchased last week in the US.
Tha Carter IV sold an impressive 964,000 first-week units during its debut week, a 14.3 percent chunk of the broader-week, 6.7 million album total.
But wait: it gets worse. Because the top 10 albums accounted for more than 25 percent of all albums purchased, while just three artists (Wayne, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Adele) placed an album above 100,000 units.