Lil Wayne's Rebirth album isn't due in stores until February 2010, but some fans got an early Christmas present when Amazon.com shipped around 500 copies to them, thanks to a shipping mistake.
According to Billboard.com, the online retailer sent copies of the yet-to-be-released album to customers who pre-ordered them, which fans received on Monday (December 14).
Rebirth was originally set to drop December 21, but was recently pushed to February 1 while new singles pick up steam.
Looks like Amazon didn't get that memo.
Billboard says that Weezy's distributor, Universal Motown and UMGD, recalled the album after the street date was pushed back, but around one million units were manufactured and one-third of that number were shipped to accounts when the decision was made to pull the album from the schedule, sources say.
With the album in a small amount of fans' hands, tracks have started hitting the Internet fast -- including a new single titled "Fire," "Da Da Da", and the anticipated Eminem-collabo "Drop the World."
Sources say that the Rebirth album is being pushed back because the labels feel that it's doesn't have the proper set-up just yet, and that Weezy may even include new tracks to it before its release. If that's the case, the copy the 500 fans have may be a collector's item.
At press time, Amazon and/or Lil Wayne's camp have yet to comment on the incident.