After premiering his new song "Love Lockdown," at the VMAs on Sunday Kanye West may be capitalizing on the song's instant acclaim. The track is rumored to be on the new LP that interview-shy West has been keeping mum about, but a title and release date for the LP were listed on Amazon.com and Target.com Wednesday (September 10).
The retail sites have posted presale info for 808's & Heartbreak, listing a sale price of $13.98 and release date of December 16. At press time, a spokesperson for Def Jam could not be reached for confirmation or further comment.
(On Wednesday, Kanye posted an MP3 and single artwork for the song on his blog.)
West sang "Love Lockdown" again on Tuesday night, to a much smaller crowd at New York's Knitting Factory, in a surprise set of classics and fresh-off-the-press bangers. He performed "Flashing Lights," "Swagger Like Us," "Put On" and "Can't Tell Me Nothing" in the intimate club, where the lineup featured Q-Tip and artists from 'Ye's G.O.O.D. Music record label, including Consequence and G.L.C.
In a recent interview with MTV News, T-Pain said he's been "going back and forth" with West in the studio over the past couple of months, but there is no confirmation that any of Pain's work will appear on Kanye's album.
"He'll call me to his room; I'll do a hook for him," T-Pain said. "I'll go back down, probably make a couple beats. I'll call him down: 'Yo, do a verse for me real quick.' He'll go back up; he'll make something, call me back up."
Besides working on his next LP, West has been producing Jay-Z's Blueprint 3 — which the pair premiered a track from at Kanye's Madison Square Garden show last month — and he appears on upcoming LPs by T-Pain (Thr33 Ringz), DJ Khaled (We Global) and T.I. (Paper Trail).