Lil Wayne to Release 'Tha Carter IV' After VMAs

New album will be immediately available in digital stores

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Lil Wayne performing in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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Lil Wayne has announced that his long-awaited new album Tha Carter IV will hit digital stores at midnight on Sunday, just after his appearance on the MTV Video Music Awards. Unlike Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch the Throne, which was only available in iTunes when it was suddenly released two weeks ago, Weezy's record will also be on sale at Amazon.com and other digital retailers. The physical edition of the album will be in stores one day later.

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"I am extremely excited to be the first artist to utilize such an amazing idea," Lil Wayne said in a statement. "I hope that I can open the door for others."