Despite an early leak, Lil Wayne still managed to rock the charts with his latest album, but he couldn’t top a country act.
The Cash Money rapper’s oft-delayed Rebirth debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with 176,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. He placed second to Nashville stars Lady Antebellum and their sophomore effort Need You Now, which holds onto the No. 1 spot for a second week with 209,000.
Rebirth marks the seventh top 10 album for Weezy, who has a little more time to record his next album Tha Carter IV now that his sentencing has been adjourned to March 2 due to dental surgery.
Wayne’s last album, Tha Carter III, was the best-selling album of 2008, moving over 1 million copies in its first week. Rebirth suffered from numerous delays and was prematurely shipped to Amazon.com customers in December, causing it to surface online more than a month in advance of its street date.
What are your thoughts on this? Obviously this is no Tha Carter III first weeks sales, but you have got to take into account that the album did leak when it shouldn’t and maybe it didn’t get the promotion it should have. I have also seen lots and lots of bad reviews of Rebirth all over the internet, but one thing people need to remember is that this was just an ‘experimental’ album. Lil Wayne is also shooting music videos for “Drop The World“, “Knockout“, “Get A Life“, “Da Da Da” (maybe “Die For You“), so these should help with the album sales too. Leave a comment with your views and if you expected better or worse etc.