Lil Wayne joins an elite club this week with his album "Tha Carter III," which sold just over 1 million copies in its first week of U.S. availability, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Lil Wayne joins an elite club this week with his album "Tha Carter III," which sold just over 1 million copies in its first week of U.S. availability to debut at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Cash Money/Universal set has already spawned a long-running No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Lollipop."

Only nine other acts and 12 other albums have achieved the million-or-more mark in a debut week, the last being 50 Cent with "The Massacre" in March 2005. They are:

1. 'N Sync, "No Strings Attached" (2.42 million, 3/26/00)

2. 'N Sync, "Celebrity" (1.88 million, 7/29/01)

3. Eminem, "The Marshall Mathers LP" (1.76 million, 5/28/00)

4. Backstreet Boys, "Black & Blue" (1.59 million, 11/26/00)

5. Britney Spears, "Oops ... I Did It Again" (1.32 million, 5/21/00)

6. 50 Cent, "The Massacre" (1.14 million, 3/6/05)

7. Backstreet Boys, "Millennium" (1.13 million, 5/23/99)

8. Usher, "Confessions" (1.10 million, 3/28/04)

9. Garth Brooks, "Double Live" (1.09 million, 11/22/98)

10. Limp Bizkit, "Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water" (1.05 million, 10/22/00)

11. Norah Jones, "Feels Like Home" (1.02 million, 2/15/04)

12. Lil Wayne, "Tha Carter III" (1.01 million, 6/16/08)


There have been three other instances of million-plus sales in a single, non-debut week. They are:

1. Eminem, "The Eminem Show" (1.32 million, 6/2/02)

2. The Beatles, "1" (1.26 million, 12/24/00)

3. Various Artists, "The Bodyguard -- Soundtrack" (1.06 million, 1/3/93)

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