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NEW YORK (AP) — Lil Wayne is hoping his performance on the MTV

Video Music Awards will be so good, fans will rush out and get his

new album: The rapper is making it digitally available at midnight

after Sunday’s show.

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“Tha Carter IV” will be available on iTunes, Amazon.com and other

digital outlets. The physical album will hit stores Aug.

29.

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“Tha Carter IV” features collaborations with Drake, Cory Gunz, Rick

Ross, Busta Rhymes and others.

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Lil Wayne says he’s making history.

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“I am extremely excited to be the first artist to utilize such an

amazing idea. I hope that I can open the door for others,” he said

in a statement Monday.

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The strategy is similar to that used by Jay-Z and Kanye West for

their best-selling “Watch the Throne” collaboration, which was

available exclusively on iTunes for several days before hitting

physical retailers. It debuted at the top of the charts last

week.

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Lil Wayne’s Grammy-winning “Tha Carter III” was the best-selling

album of 2008. He spent most of 2010 in a New York jail after

pleading guilty to a weapons charge.

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Lil Wayne is up for two VMA awards. The show is scheduled to air

live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Lady Gaga, Adele and Chris Brown are also set to perform. Pitbull

was just added to the lineup, and Jessie J will be in the house

band for the night.

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MTV said there will be no single host this year because it is

experimenting with a “nontraditional format.”

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