*Lil Wayne announced he is releasing his next album digitally at midnight on Aug. 29 — hours after he performs at the MTV Video Music Awards.
“Tha Carter IV” will be sold on Amazon.com, iTunes and elsewhere online midnight, and then later in stores that same day.
“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 of his album, which features collaborations with Drake, Busta Rhymes, Cory Gunz and Rick Ross.
It’s Lil Wayne’s first album since he was released in jail on a weapons charge. His last project, “Tha Carter III,” was the best-selling album of 2008.
The rapper is nominated for two VMAs. The show airs live from L.A.’s Nokia Theater on Aug. 28.