Def Jam Records has confirmed that Kanye West’s highly anticipated third album, Graduation, will be released on September 11 despite Internet rumors the company was pushing the release date back in order to avoid dropping on the same date as 50 Cent’s new LP, Curtis. With two singles off Graduation already in heavy rotation across the country — “Stronger” and “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” — ‘Ye will release his third single, “Good Life,” which features T-Pain, later this year.
Shreveport, La. native, Hurricane Chris, has officially scored a platinum ringtone with his mega-hit, “A Bay Bay.” The song has claimed the No. 2 position on Billboard’s Mastertone chart for six straight weeks and has sold over 1.2 million copies. “Ay Bay Bay,” is the lead single off Hurricane Chris’ debut album, 51/50 Ratchet, which will be released this fall on J/Polo Grounds Music. The LP is being executive produced by producer Mr. Collipark, who has scored hits for the likes of the Ying Yang Twins, Soulja Boy, David Banner and Bubba Sparxx.
Fans of radio personality and mixtape DJ Envy will soon be able to download the his new mixtape content directly to their cellular phones. The Hot 97 and Sirius Satellite DJ is teaming with mobile content provider Cellfish Media to offer a monthly “Mobile Mixtape” subscription to consumers. The download package will include seven exclusive new singles, daily tips about their favorite artists and exclusive video interviews. According to Envy and Cellfish VP Jonathan Dworkin, the new format will nearly eliminate the ever decreasing waiting period that fans must endure for new music. “Yesterday, kids would have to wait for a mixtape to be pressed up and distributed; today, they have to run home to their computers and search for it; tomorrow, the instant something is blowing up, it shows up in your pocket,” Dworkin said. “Yesterday is over.”