50 Cent’s Curtis Release Pushed To September

Last-minute additions, international release cause delay.

It looks like the unstoppable force that is 50 Cent has to slow down just a little: The release of his highly anticipated third album, Curtis, is being pushed back.

Unable to make its original June 26 date (see “50 Cent Talks Timberlake Collabo, Star-Studded New LP Curtis ), last-minute additions and the album’s simultaneous worldwide release required a delay until September 4, Interscope Records announced Friday (May 25).

“I’m an international artist,” Fif said in a brief statement. “My fans worldwide deserve to receive my album at the same time as my fans here in the U.S. Taking that into consideration, moving the album to September was a necessary course of action.”

According to information in the release, the G-Unit leader has additions to the project that came into consideration when making the decision to push the album back. Because of those potential tracks, 50 and company came to the conclusion that they wouldn’t be able to make the original release date.

Just this past Monday, 50 Cent did a full blitz of the MTV offices in New York’s Times Square, visiting several departments and even playing his album — which was just mixed and mastered the night before, his management said — for some of the staff (see “50 Cent Says ‘Delusional’ Cam’ron Is Hurting Diplomats Camp” ). He was counting down the days until June 26, very eager for the world to hear the follow up to his last album, The Massacre.

“I’m excited,” he told MTV News later that day at the Night Hotel in Times Square. He was sitting on the penthouse rooftop overlooking the city. “I feel like I’ll impact on them heavy on this album. The Massacre kinda gave me my spot. This project right here, again I find myself trying to maintain a position that I have in entertainment. I’m in a more creative space and I’m able to give up more content, more lyrics that would make me vulnerable on some level. But I feel this project is going to impact the most because of that.”

Two Curtis videos — “Amusement Park” and “Straight to the Bank” — are in rotation on traditional outlets and another straight-to-YouTube clip, “Fully Loaded Clip,” has been making the rounds too. Yet another video, for a track called “Follow My Lead” with Robin Thicke, was shot recently in L.A. But there is no definitive word from Interscope if that will be the next look from the album or if he would go with another single. Curtis also features contributions from Dr. Dre, Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Akon and Mary J. Blige.