The last time Lil Wayne made an appearance on the Billboard 200, he topped the charts selling over a million copies of "Tha Carter III" in the first week. This time around, however, the first week sales of his rock-inspired opus, "Rebirth," did not nearly come close yet remained near the top of the charts.
According to the official Nielsen SoundScan numbers, Wayne sold approximately 175,600 copies of "Rebirth," debuting in the No. 2 position on the Billboard 200. This comes after the many setbacks that plagued the album, including numerous pushbacks of the release date as well as Amazon.com accidentally shipping 500 copies of the album months before that official release date.
The album's first week numbers come one day after Wayne found out he wouldn’t have to report to jail to serve a one-year prison sentence on gun charges until March. MTV News reports that the New Orleans-bred rapper’s jail date was delayed due to dental surgery for a cracked tooth. Wayne’s lawyer Stacey Richman told Judge Charles H. Solomon that Wayne is set to undergo surgery on February 12 and will need between a week to 10 days to recover.