Looks like the shell game over at Interscope Records won’t be ending any time soon. After several false starts and unspecified release dates regarding Dr. Dre and Eminem’s long-delayed projects, label head Jimmy Iovine recently provided some hope for at least one of the discs to hit shelves before 2008 fades away. In a recent interview with Billboard, Iovine revealed that Dre is putting the freeze on Detox to help put the final touches on Marshall’s next opus.
“Eminem was always coming next year,” he revealed. “But what happened was, I lost Dr. Dre to Eminem. Dre had to stop making his album to finish Eminem’s album. Eminem hit a streak, and when a guy like Eminem gets on fire, you stop everything. That’s how we lost Dre.”
Don’t fret, though, as Iovine says we’ve only lost the Good Doc for a few months. “Dre’s going back in in January. He’ll be finished with Eminem by then, and he’ll finish his album.”
While Iovine provided forward progress regarding his marquee artists’ releases, he was still tight-lipped on specific release dates and a title for Em’s fifth solo LP. —Anslem Samuel