News: Lil Wayne's "The Rebirth" Album Certified Gold By RIAA
Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 5:00PM
Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne's experimental rock album, The Rebirth, has reportedly been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
According to a statement released by Cash Money Records, the project is also nearing platinum-status.
Cash Money/Universal Motown multi-platinum recording artist Lil Wayne's seventh studio album, Rebirth, has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. The album is picking up considerable momentum, approaching platinum status by the RIAA measurement. Rebirth hit No. 1 on Billboard's Rap Album chart and reached No. 4 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Album chart. The singles "Drop the World," featuring Eminem, and "Knock Out," featuring Nicki Minaj, are rising on the charts. (Hip Hop Press)
Last week, the project landed at No. 12 on the sales charts.
Incarcerated rapper Lil Wayne's Rebirth moved out of the Top 10 by six slots landing at No. 12 with 31,900. Going into his sixth week, the rapper's experimental rock album stands at 393,300 scanned discs. (Sales Wrap)
Differences in the methods RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) and Nielsen SoundScan are based on shipping and actual albums sold.
A little investigative journalism can go a long way, and Moses Avalon has turned up something rather curious: the numbers that the RIAA uses to talk about "sales" are actually just numbers relating to shipments. The gist of it is pretty simple: the RIAA has their own tracking system based on units shipped, while Nielsen Ratings bases their Soundscan tracking system on actual barcode-scanned purchases. (Ars Technica)
Earlier this year, Young Money's Shanell aka SNL talked about clocking in studio time to help on the album.
"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)
Check out Shanell speaking on Lil Wayne's Rebirth down below: