50 Cent Determined To Drop New Album For B-Day

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50 Cent has no more patience for marketing plan hold-ups or record company tinkering. Now that he’s finally dropped his free mixtape, the Lost Tape, he has his sights set on an album that will drop this summer, with or without his record label’s blessings.

“I’m releasing my album July 3rd, whether it has commercial promotions or not,” he told AllHipHop. “My birthday is July 6 and I planned for it. And I’m doing everything that I planned to do regardless if its huge airplay or not. I could care less, I’m putting the record out.”

50’s new approach is a departure from the sales-first approach that spawned a SoundScan showdown with Kanye West in 2007. This time, he said, record sales are not a focus.

“I don’t need a record to sell. How much money you think I’ma make off record sales?” he said. “I ain’t going to keep sitting on the records. Even if everything ain’t in order, album five will be out July 3 and they can wait another two years for me to give them another one.”

50’s relationship with his record label, Interscope, has been contentious over the years. In 2011, he blamed Interscope for leaking his music and threatened to leak labelmate Dr. Dre’s single in retaliation.

“I will work with other artists on their projects but I will not put out another album,” he tweeted then. “They dropped the ball with me one time too many.”

With the Lost Tape, 50 Cent returns to his mixtape roots, releasing the 15-track download for free May 22. You can listen or download the Lost Tape DatPiff.

-E. Parker, CBS Local

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