Musicians Push Back Album Dates
Abby Boshart, ‘13, Staff Reporter
February 22, 2012
Filed under Arts & Entertainment
Nicki Minaj surprised many of her devoted fans last week when she tweeted that her sophomore album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, would be released over a month and a half after the original drop date. This announcement followed Kid Cudi’s recent announcement that his upcoming album, WZRD, would be released a month later than initially planned, and has left a lot of fans asking, “What’s up?”
Popular Canadian rapper Drake planned to release his award-winning album, Take Care, on October 23, his birthday. Like Minaj and Cudi, Drake’s album wasn’t released until a few weeks into November. He said that he ran into some trouble with three songs, releasing a statement that said, “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 the way I need you to hear it.”
Minaj and Cudi released similar statements with similar messages; they needed more time than they originally thought. Could it be that the music business is suffering from procrastination?
Other artists claim that it’s the politics and other back-room deals that push albums back. Tyga, another new face of Drake’s popular recording company, YMCMB, was also guilty of delaying the release of his most recent album, but said, “The politics behind it is just so whack.” It’s often hard for many artists to deal with the business side of the music. Artists are very good at making music, but sometimes they forget that they have to deal with contracts and licensing agreements.
Despite all this postponement drama, we can only hope that artists continue to give us the music that we love.