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Drake’s New Album Pushed Back to November 15

Fans are going to have to wait a couple more weeks to hear Drake’s much sought after sophomore album, Take Care. The Canadian born rap star announced on his Web site,, that he will not be able to release the disc on his October 24 birthday, as originally planned, due to sample clearance issues.

“The new date for Take Care is November 15th, 2011,” he wrote. “I managed to create this album in my hometown of Toronto and the thoughts and stories I wanted to get across just became so clear. It truly felt like when I was here 3 years ago making So Far Gone. So I have completed 19 songs (17 on physical and 2 on bonus), and have run into a roadblock of clearing 3 samples in time to make the October 24th date. My options were to take the songs off and make the birthday release happen, or to take an extra couple weeks to get the paper work right and give you the album they way I NEED you to hear it. The choice was clear as day for me. November 15th you will get Take Care the exact way I created it with no trimmings. This music means too much to me to get attached to dates and I do apologize for the delay but I promise that it is only for the benefit of our experience together (sic).”

Drizzy also clarified that he will not be headed out on the road to support the disc until the winter, despite reports that were posted on several hip-hop blogs last week.

“Club Paradise Tour will also be moved to when students are back from the Christmas/New Year break so that I can get to more schools,” he added. “New dates will be released in the next week…see you all soon.”

In related news, Shady Records signee, Yelawolf, who was also scheduled to drop his debut LP, Radioactive, the same week as Take Care, moved his date back to November 21.

“I needed to add some important finishing touches to the album which resulted in the new release date,” the 2011 XXL Freshman explained in a statement. “I have some surprises in store for the fans that have to be seen before the album comes out. It’s definitely worth the wait.” —Elan Mancini

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