Drake stirred his fans into a frenzy earlier this week when he released the video for his new single, ‘Headlines’. However, their excitement has now been transformed into anguish as the rapper has announced that his highly anticipated ‘Take Care’ LP has been pushed back until November.
Featuring contributions from Stevie Wonder, Lil Wayne and The Weeknd, the 19-track ‘Take Care’ will now be issued on November 15th – the same day as Nicole Scherzinger’s ‘Killer Love’. Drake has blamed the postponement on legal procedures that delayed the clearance of three samples included on the record.
Read what Drake had to say about the problem below:
The new date for Take Care is November 15th, 2011. 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.
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. New dates will be released in the next week…see you all soon.
Given his explanation of the situation, there is no question that Drake made the best decision. In fact, releasing ‘Take Care’ closer to the Thanksgiving/Christmas sales rush will only result in a bigger first-week impact.