Eminem holds the key to 50 Cent's album release

50 Cent: not quite ready to self-destruct.
50 Cent: not quite ready to self-destruct.

It seems that when Eminem does finally release Relapse, his long-awaited new album, he'll set off a chain reaction in the hip-hop world.

It had already been confirmed that Dr Dre's Detox has been delayed because the producer is busy finishing Em's record, and now 50 Cent has revealed that his new album Before I Self Destruct will be released "sometime after Eminem's Relapse comes out".

When this will be still isn't clear, though it has been speculated that Relapse could hit as early as next month.

Not suing

In related news, Universal Music has moved to quash rumours that Eminem is suing them, claiming that he's not behind the lawsuit being brought against them by FBT Productions. This alleges that the company has underpaid royalties from download sales.

MTV reports that a statement from Universal says: "Eminem is not a party to this suit in any way, nor is his publishing company; in fact, we enjoy a very close, creative and productive relationship with him."

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.