Only the details are different, but another big-name release is now leaking.
Lil’ Wayne’s upcoming Rebirth, recently pushed to early February, is now an easy grab online. Billboard blames Amazon for accidentally shipping pre-orders way ahead of schedule, based on an earlier in-store of December 21st. That may be true, though constantly-shifting release dates meant that lots of pre-release product was floating around, the ingredients for a near-certain leak.
Either way, Wayne label Motown Universal is faced with a very difficult set of choices. A shift back into December is probably impossible at this stage, though the long stretch into February almost guarantees that fans will jump online to get a free copy. That could soften the sales tally, though Wayne has stared down leaks before. Despite a pre-release leak in mid-2008, Tha Carter III scored first-week sales of more than one million, and 3.3 million to date.