T.I. was the first rapper to give his opinion, saying he felt the album would sell 50,000 copies in its first week. Game, however, went out on a limb and said the album would sell gold in its first week. When the Young Money boss, Lil Wayne, was asked how much the album would sell, he said the album better go platinum in week one. Of course, he said this because Drake is his product.
While T.I. is a well-respected member of the hip hop community, his prediction was off. Lil Wayne knew he was asking a lot, but Drake did outsell his last two albums in the first week. Game's prediction was the closest, as Drake sold a little over 442,000 copies in his first week. While he did not quite strike gold in his first week, he will by the time the second week album sales come in.
Thank Me Later is currently in stores across the nation, having been released on June 15, 2010.