News: Lil Wayne's "Rebirth" Sells 176K In First-Week, Out Performs Early Estimates

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2010 9:41AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne's long-awaited Rebirth album debuted on the charts this week with 176,000 sold records in its first seven days.

Falling behind Lady Antebellum's Need You Now which topped the charts with 208,800, Wayne's experimental album opened at number two.

Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne's Rebirth debuted on the charts landing at No. 2. After seven days in retail stores, the rapper's experimental rock album was able to shell out 176,000 records. (SOHH Sales Wrap)

Based off one-day estimates last week, Wayne's record was expected to sell no more than 150,000 copies.

Cash Money/Universal Motown's Lil Wayne long-awaited rock album, Rebirth, hit yesterday, and looks on track for between 140-150k in first-week sales as he prepares to be imprisoned for a year on gun possession charges. Needless to say, his last album, 2008's Tha Carter III debuted with one million sales in its first week. He appears on the cover of the current issue of Rolling Stone. (Hits Daily Double)

Young Money's Shanell aka SNL recently spoke on contributing to Rebirth.

"On the Rebirth album, a few of the tracks I worked on were one, 'Prom Queen,'" Shanell revealed in an interview. "'I'm So Over You,' which is on the bonus edition. A song called 'Runnin'' and 'American Star.' I really really like 'Runnin'' and how that song came about, I actually was, I'd just jumped in the booth and started singing and screaming and Wayne actually liked it and said, 'Let me put a verse on it.' It was gonna be something I was probably gonna keep myself but it works out kinda the way he put it together." (Rap-Up)

Producers Cool & Dre recently shared their overall impression toward the rapper's rock album.

"There are so many artists who create music outside of R&B and Hip-Hop that we believe Rebirth will help open avenues and create a lane for these type of artists," Dre said. "I remember a time where Prince and The Revolution ruled the charts. I'd love to see music become diverse again. Wayne is more than just a hip-hop artist, he's quickly becoming the face of a generation. We're proud to have been given this tremendous opportunity." (All Hip Hop)

Check out Shanell speaking on Lil Wayne below:

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