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HALSEY, DRAKE, KANYE AND THE WEEK THAT MIGHT BE (UPDATE)

UPDATE: It appears as though Ye's Donda has moved again, with iTunes' pre-order now showing 9/5 (week of 9/3) as the release date. The goalposts continue to be shifted as West hosts a third album event on Thursday evening, this time at Chicago's Soldier Field. 


It’s a dramatic week on the new-release front, with Capitol’s Halsey poised for a big moment.

The sound and fury surrounding Drake and Kanye West, meanwhile, continues to intensify; West stirred the pot on 8/23 by posting the home address of his nemesis on Instagram, setting off a cascade of social-media commentary. Is the rumor of an imminent release from OVO/Republic’s Drake to blame? With West's as-yet-undelivered Donda (G.O.O.D./Def Jam) now allegedly slated for 8/27, will Champagne Papi drop his album the same day, frustrating ’Ye’s hopes for a #1 bow?

One thing’s for certain: Halsey WILL release the Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross-produced If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power on Friday. Will one or both of the feuding rappers spoil her shot at #1? Might their beef spur an ongoing game of release-date roulette? Will Kanye decide to re-record Donda in a suite at the Waldorf Astoria? Stay tuned.

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