50-cent and G-Unit go Independent for Next Album, Breaks from Eminem's Shady Records

ARTIST AND LABEL TRANSITION TO INDEPENDENT STATUS AFTER 12 YEARS WITH SHADY RECORDS/AFTERMATH ENTERTAINMENT/INTERSCOPE RECORDS

Posted by Michael Bordash on Fri Feb 21, 2014

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50-cent has announced that he will release Animal Ambition in June 2014 within independent music distributor Caroline after 12 years with Eminem’s major label Shady Records (Interscope). No ill will between the superstars, in a statement released yesterday, Eminem wished 50-cent well: "Shady simply would not be what it is without 50 Cent. I've developed a great friendship with 50 over the years, and that’s not going to change.".

50-cent transitions to independent status after a successful twelve years at Shady/Aftermath/Interscope, during which time he sold more than 30 million albums.   50 Cent's highly successful catalog, including Get Rich or Die Tryin', The Massacre, Curtis and Before I Self Destruct, will continue to be marketed and released by Shady/Aftermath/Interscope.

The artist's first album under the new agreement will be Animal Ambition, scheduled for release on June 3rd.  Album pre-orders will begin on March 18th and fans will immediately receive two instant gratification tracks and the corresponding videos will premiere online.  An additional song and video will launch each week leading up to the album's release.

50 Cent commented, "I have had great success to date with Shady/Aftermath/Interscope and I'd like to thank Eminem and Dr. Dre for giving me an incredible opportunity. I've learned so much from them through the years. I am excited to enter this new era where I can carry out my creative vision." 

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