Which Recurring Musical Franchise Is The Most Successful?

by (@unclegrambo)

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1. Lil Wayne, The Carter I-IV
FIRST RELEASE: Tha Carter (2004)
METACRITIC SCORE: N/A
SALES TO DATE*: Certified platinum

SECOND RELEASE: Tha Carter II (2005)
METACRITIC SCORE: N/A
SALES TO DATE: Certified platinum

SECOND RELEASE: Tha Carter III (2008)
METACRITIC SCORE: 84
SALES TO DATE: 3.6MM copies

SECOND RELEASE: Tha Carter IV (2011)
METACRITIC SCORE: 60
SALES TO DATE: 2.3MM copies

ANALYSIS: Far and away the most potent musical franchise of all-time, Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter series has been incredibly successful, especially on the commercial front. In a lot of ways, it reminds us of The Fast & The Furious; the first few installments of both series were good, but once the audience and the creators figured out what each other were doing, the series got REALLY good=! In the Weezy universe, of course we’re referring to the phenomenal worldwide impact that Tha Carter III had; that record sold nearly 4 million copies in the United States, but was probably pirated at a rate 4 to 5X that. It became a generational touchstone, but if you’ll allow us to make another movie analogy, the fourth installment was like Star Wars. Tha Carter IV was the Jar Jar Binks of the series, selling a lot of tickets but leaving a really poor taste in people’s mouths. So, I guess what we’re saying here is Lil Wayne=George Lucas.