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Billboard reports:

While most of Lil Wayne’s fans will have to wait until at least February in the New Year for his often-promised and often-delayed “Rebirth” album, about 500 Amazon customers who pre-ordered the album are enjoying the record already, thanks to a shipping mishap.

According to sources and an e-mail to Billboard from an Amazon customer, the online merchant sent copies of the album to some customers who pre-ordered “Rebirth.” The album began arriving in mailboxes on Monday, Dec. 14, despite a change in the street date from Dec. 21 to February 1.

The release date change – the sixth time “Rebirth” was pushed to a new date – was made last month by Universal Motown, the distributing label for Cash Money, and its distributor Universal Music Group Distribution. Universal Motown and UMGD recalled the album, but roughly one million units were manufactured and about one-third were shipped to accounts when the decision was made to pull “Rebirth” from the schedule, sources say.

Although Amazon received the word to return the Lil Wayne album, supposedly about 500 copies were sent to customers. An Amazon spokesman didn’t respond to an e-mail request for a comment.

The decision was made because the latest single from the album “On Fire,” is still building. Digital scans of the single since its early December release total almost 6,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan.


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