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Kanyes West's New Album 'Yeezus' Leaked

Kanye West’s new album Yeezus has leaked four days ahead of its scheduled Tuesday release.
According to reports, the rapper’s sixth album originally appeared on a password-protected file-sharing service Friday afternoon and has since made its way across the Internet with countless fans illegally downloading the recordings. The album features a slew of collaborators such as Chief Keef, Justin Vernon, Daft Punk, Kid Cudi, Frank Ocean, Travis Scott and Hudson Mohawke. Tracks on the album include “On Sight,” “Black Skinhead,” “I Am a God,” “New Slaves” and “I’m in It.” On Friday, Tri Angle Records announced on Twitter that Evian Christ worked on the latter track.
The official debut of West’s album on Tuesday is expected to sell around 500,000 copies in its first week, which would make it the second most successful album of the year, behind Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience. Timberlake’s album sold 968,000 copies in its opening week back in March.
“That’s what industry forecasters suggest,” Keith Caulfield, Billboard’s associate director of charts/retail, told us Thursday. “It’s difficult to a degree to predict an album’s sales until it actually goes on sale, but the closer you to are to the release date, the better you can tell. It’s like a weather forecast.”
The estimated half-million copies would fall right in line with the amount of opening sales made from West’s past albums of Watch the Throne, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and 808s and Heartbreak, which ranged from 436,000 to 496,000 copies.
West doesn’t seem too concerned about how his album will fare. The Daily Beast reports that last weekend during the Governors Ball music festival in New York he told his fans, “Honestly at this point, I could give a f–k about selling a million records as long as I put out an album for the summer that y’all can rock to for all … summer.”
Fans will surely be rocking out to West’s album a lot this summer as Jones says, “Like everything else West does, Yeezus is immediately stunning, but requires repeated listening to be fully appreciated.”
The album is expected to be officially released this Tuesday.

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