Little Wayne scored
his highest chart debut at #2 with his fifth album Tha Carter II. The
album moved over 200,000 copies based off the strength of his single “Fireman.
Tha Carter II is also the largest selling debut in the history Cash
Money Records, the label Wayne is signed to and president of. "This truly
is an historic moment for Lil Wayne and the entire Cash Money family,"
stated Cash Money co-founder Ronald 'Slim' Williams. "This album shows
his growth as a young man and artist. He's changing the game from top to bottom
and this is just the beginning for him." Bryan “Birdman Williams,
the other co-founder of the label stated: "He's like a son to me, so I'm
proud of him. This isn't just a big win for him and the label, he delivered
big time for New Orleans as well," says Bryan Williams.
So Solid Crew group
member Dwayne Vincent suffered injuries to his neck and throat after being attacked
in Belmarsh prison in the United Kingdom. Vincent is being held in the jail
awaiting a retrial for his alleged involvement in a shooting/murder. An inmate
attacked Vincent last Thursday (Dec. 8) with a toothbrush embedded with three
razor blades. The next day, authorities found a mobile phone on the chart-topping
rapper. The discovery of the phone comes days after serious security lapses
were pointed out in Belmarsh, a top security prison. Vincent was treated by
prison medics, who said his injuries were not life threatening. Earlier in the
year, So Solid Crew member Carl Morgan was sentenced to life in prison for murdering
a man in a dispute over an ex-girlfriend. Vincent is accused of encouraging
Morgan to pull the trigger.
Eminem’s greatest hits compilation Curtain Call: The Hits debuted
in the United States at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart, moving over 441,000
copies since landing in stores Dec. 6. The album is Em’s fourth #1 in
a row in the United States. The album already debuted at #1 on the U.K. charts.
Kanye West has
landed an opening spot for U2’s “Vertigo” tour of New Zealand
and Australia next year. West is already opening for the band's final four shows
in the United States starting in St. Louis tonight (Dec. 14). U2 is touring
to support their album How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb and their live
DVD, “Vertigo 2005/U2 Live from Chicago.” The tour has grossed over
$250 million dollars. West is on the road supporting his most recent album,
Late Registration. Ironically, West and U2 were both nominated for a Grammy
in the Album of the Year category.