Lil Wayne sets tentative date for 'Rebirth'
Single 'Prom Queen' leaked over the weekendNEW YORK -- Lil Wayne has announced a tentative April 7 release date for his next album, "Rebirth," a Universal spokesperson confirms. First single "Prom Queen," produced by Tha Bizness (Ne-Yo, Young Jeezy, 50 Cent), leaked over the weekend and will go live on Wayne's MySpace page Tuesday.
That site will also stream Wayne's show tomorrow in San Diego.
Contrary to previous reports, which said the forthcoming set would be titled "Tha Carter IV," the rock-inspired "Rebith" will not be the next installment in "Tha Carter" series or related to any previous album he's released, according to his publicist.
Wayne's move to a rock 'n 'roll sound isn't surprising, considering he often plays guitar at his concerts and has aligned himself with new rock artist Kevin Rudolf. He appears on the latter's debut single, "Let It Rock," which recently peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
"I might want to hear a certain sound like Prince, but I can't pay him to play it. So, I picked up a guitar and learned how to play it," Wayne told Billboard last year. "(It) goes to show you the only thing that can't be done is what you don't want to do."
Lil Wayne will perform Feb. 8 at the 51st annual Grammy Awards.