Thursday, October 22, 2009

Lil Wayne's Guilty Plea Could Affect CD, Tour

via L.A. Times by Todd Martens

Lil Wayne was forced to surrender his passport Thursday; he will next appear in court on Dec. 15 and he'll be officially sentenced in February, the New York district attorney spokeswoman said.

Wayne's plea could have larger implications for the release of his next album and his ability to tour to promote that collection. The artist has been working on a long-awaited rock 'n' roll effort, "Rebirth," an album scheduled to be released Dec. 15.

His label publicist at Universal Motown did not respond to requests for comment, and it was unclear if the legal situation would affect the release of the album.

Sports & Entertainment Financial Group's Shawn Gee told Billboard that the tour had grossed about $42 million. Gary Bongiovanni, who heads industry trade Pollstar, said the artist's recent 28-city North American leg was averaging more fans per night than arena outings from such major artists as Taylor Swift and Kings of Leon at 12,844 people. The tour, according to Bongiovanni, was grossing an average of $541,235 per night.

"That's actually pretty rare for the rap and hip-hop genre," Bongiovanni said. "There aren't many hip-hop tours that are able to fill arenas."

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L.A. Times - Lil Wayne's Guilty Plea Could Affect CD, Tour

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