Lil Wayne's 'Carter III' set for May release


NEW YORK -- Lil Wayne's oft-delayed "Tha Carter III" album will at last be released on May 13 via Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Motown. The album's first single, "Lollipop," produced by Jim Jonsin and featuring Static Major, was the top debut last week at No. 56 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

"Tha Carter III," the final set in the "Carter" trilogy, is the New Orleans rapper's first solo album since the release of 2005's "Tha Carter II," which has sold 1.3 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen Soundscan.

Wayne told Billboard in February that Hurricane Chris, Corey Gunz, Tyga, Jibbs, Shanell, Kidd Kidd, Mack Maine and Lil Mama have recorded features for the album.

Last week, he confirmed that Kanye West also has joined the roster of contributors.

"It's one of those albums people are really waiting on, so I made it so that whatever is on it will stick with you forever," he said of the project, which has been plagued with leaks. "I'm taking my time with it. And I'm giving artists I respect and people I want to do songs with -- not songs the label fixed -- an opportunity to collaborate."