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Drake (photo: Jim Rinaldi)

The top ten of this week's Billboard 200 features seven new releases debuting, most notably Drake and Future's surprise team-up What A Time To Be Alive. The release earned 375,000 equivalent album units, 334,000 of which were pure album sales. What A Time To Be Alive was released on Sunday, September 20, with just one day's warning. It also initially was only available from Apple Music and the iTunes Store. Despite being released two days after all other new albums that week, Nielsen notes that it had the third largest debut week of 2015. The only bigger chart weeks came from Drake himself, and just recently The Weeknd. It was also the second biggest pure album sales week, followed by Drake of course, with his own If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late.

In a new interview with Vanity Fair, Kanye West spoke mainly about the second season of his Yeezy clothing line, which was recently revealed at New York Fashion Week with a live show that was also streamed to 40 movie theaters across the globe. The fashion show featured a new song called "Fade," and while Kanye's focus in the interview was mainly on style, he also slipped in a few tidbits about his long-in-the-works new album, Swish.
     When asked about "Fade," the rapper told Vanity Fair: "For the 40 theaters across the globe, for the kids that all went to see it in theaters, I thought they'd be happy to hear some new music. I've been doing that [making a new album] too. That's like a sonic landscape, a two-year painting. That song I played has been a year and a half in the making and it may be still a year from being complete. But it was to let people get a glimpse at the painting." When asked to clarify if the new album could be a year from release, he explained, "I'm not sure. I'm not worried about the years. I'm worried about the life and the body of work that I can put out while I'm breathing."
     When asked if the new album is still even titled Swish, he said: "It's currently called Swish. I'm forgetting even what the last name of it was now."
     As previously reported, Kanye has plans to perform his fourth album, 808s & Heartbreak, in its entirety at a special, one-off concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Friday, September 25.

Check out Epic Records' Sujit Kundu pimpin' Blackberry... This is why we love "The People's Indian!"

Fetty Wap is on the mend after a motorcycle accident in his hometown of Paterson, NJ, on Saturday, when his motorcycle reportedly collided with a car. "Fetty Wap was involved in a motorcycle incident earlier today," reads a statement from his reps. "He was treated at a local hospital and is in stable condition. His family wants to thank everyone for their outpouring of love and support. They ask that you respect their privacy during this time. We will provide an update on his condition as it becomes available." CBS News also says the 25-year-old MC was cited for driving without a license, not having insurance and failing to produce a vehicle registration card.

Snoop Dogg will return as host of the 2015 BET Hip-Hop Awards, set for next month. T.I., Fetty Wap, Rich Homie Quan, Dej Loaf, Kid Ink, Young Dro, DJ Mustard and DJ Premier are all confirmed performers for this year’s awards. The “I Am Hip Hop” Award will be given to legendary rapper Scarface. Taping of the awards show will take place at Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta, GA on Friday, October 9, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. ET and will air on BET on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

CeeLo Green will return to the music scene with Heart Blanche, his first full-length release in nearly five years, on Friday, November 13. The album is available now for pre-order at all digital retailers, accompanied by a trio of instant grat downloads: "Robin Williams," "Sign Of The Times," and the newly unveiled single, "Music To My Soul." The new song premiered earlier this week with a celebratory companion video that can be seen below.
Meanwhile, CeeLo will team up with The Roots for a live performance of the track on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, slated for Thursday, October 8.

The Weeknd hung out backstage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival with staffers from Republic Records. (L-R: David "Davey Dee" Ingenloff (VP of Rhythm Crossover Promotion, Republic Records), Talia Gilboa (SW Promotion Regional Rep, Republic Records), Amanda Dobbins, (VP of Rock Formats Promotion, Republic Records) Nicole Nolletti (Director of Promotion, Republic Records), Gary Spangler (SVP of Promotion, Republic Records), The Weeknd, Charlie Walk (EVP, Republic Records), Rob Harvey (VP of Top 40, Republic Records) Toby Russell (Sr. National Director Promotion), Manny Simon (VP of Adult Formats, Republic Records).

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Mark Adams
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