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Given that he’s set to perform at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show, it should come as no surprise that Justin Timberlake is returning with a new album in 2018. This morning, Timberlake announced that his fifth solo album, Man of the Woods, is dropping on February 2. The first single arrives this Friday, January 5.

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9th Wonder’s Jamla Records enjoyed their biggest year yet in 2017 thanks to Rapsody’s critically-acclaimed, GRAMMY-nominated album Laila’s Wisdom. Looking to keep that hot streak going, the label have announced their first project of 2018: a collaboration between Elzhi and Khrysis.

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2017 may have been the “greatest year of [his] life thus far,” but Skyzoo is looking to make 2018 equally special. Setting off the New Year right, the Brooklyn rapper has announced his new album, In Celebration of Us, is scheduled to arrive on February 2 (pending mixing and mastering). The 15-track project features appearances from Raheem DeVaughn, Saba Abraha and Kay Cola, with production coming from the likes of !llmind, Apollo Brown, Daringer and Cardiak.

You’ll notice In Celebration of Us doesn’t feature any guest rappers — and for good reason. “These are stories that, like The Salvation, I preferred to tell on my own,” Skyzoo explained on Instagram. “I’ve never been this meticulous about an album in my life. Conceptually, this is Ta-nehisi Coates meets Chappelle’s Show meets The Autobiography of Malcolm X meets Blackish meets the case of Sandra Bland meets the birth of Air Jordans. It’s intense. And it’s beautiful.”

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Travi$ Scott and Quavo gave music lovers the perfect Christmas gift, releasing their long-awaited Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho project nearly two weeks ago. Featuring appearances by Offset and Takeoff of Migos, the collaborative LP debuted No. 3 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

The 13-track album moved 90,000 units opening week, of which 17,000 were in traditional album sales according to Nielsen Music. Streams played a major part in the project’s success, earning 70,000 SEA units (equaling 105.3 million on-demand audio streams of the album’s songs during the week). The album only trailed Taylor Swift’s Reputation album, returning to No. 1 with 107,000 equivalent album units (79,000 were in traditional album sales) and Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) and No.2 with 92,000 units, powered by his Beyoncé-featured “Perfect” remix, enjoying three straight weeks on top of the Hot 100.

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Gucci Mane’s latest project, El Gato The Human Glacier, came out just 10 days ago. It served as Guwop’s third full-length release this year, following October’s Mr. Davis and May’s Drop Top Wop. The hardest working man in rap has another trick up his sleeve, announcing a new album is on the way. Taking to Twitter on Thursday afternoon (Dec. 28), the Atlanta star revealed a new album is coming titled The Evil Genius. Known for delivering projects soon after making announcements, expect The Evil Genius to arrive in the first half of 2018.

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Eminem is No. 1 once again, making history on the charts. The Detroit MC’s new album Revival takes top spot this week on the Billboard 200 album chart. Lead with guest appearances by Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, Alicia Keys, Pink, X-Ambassadors, Kehlani and PHresher, Revival moved 267,000 equivalent album units opening week, according to Nielsen Music. 197,000 of that total were traditional album sales. Slim Shady also becomes first act in the history of the Billboard 200 chart with eight consecutive chart entries to bow at No. 1. His previous seven album releases have all entered the charts at No. 1, The Marshall Mathers LP (2013), Recovery (2010), Relapse (2009), the best-of set Curtain Call: The Hits (2005), Encore (2004), The Eminem Show (2002) and The Marshall Mathers LP (2000).

G-Eazy’s The Beautiful & Damned double-album, debuts No. 3 on Billboard moving 122,000 units (68,000 in traditional album sales). Meanwhile, Jeezy’s Pressure becomes the rapper’s ninth top 10 album, entering the charts this week at No. 6 with 72,000 units (54,000 in traditional album sales).

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It’s with a heavy heart that we report the news that Reggie Ossé, better known as Combat Jack, has passed away after losing his battle with colon cancer. He was 48.

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Since her rise to the top of Billboard with “Bodak Yellow” earlier this year, fans have been waiting for Cardi B’s follow-up. Taking her time, admitting she’s been dealing with the pressure of coming back with a record after her No. 1 smash-hit, Cardi is now ready to drop “Bartier Bardi.” Teased during live performances in recent weeks, the Bronx rapper took to Instagram on Tuesday night (Dec. 19) to announce the record features 21 Savage. Along with unveiling the artwork and dropping an audio teaser, Cardi B reveals “Bartier Bardi” drops this Friday (Dec. 22).

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Last year, Chance the Rapper and Jeremih provided the perfect holiday gift with the surprise release of their Merry Christmas Lil Mama mixtape. The two Chicago stars are now expanding that project, re-releasing it next week. The updated version is set to include new songs and covers of classic Christmas-themed records. In anticipation of its release, Chano and ‘Mih drop a festive, throwback-themed commercial to promote it.

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After making his comeback with arguably the best album of his career, 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time, Big K.R.I.T. is getting ready to get back out on to the road. Today K.R.I.T. announced the Heavy Is the Crown Tour, a headlining North American trek which kicks off in St. Louis, MO on March 16 and wraps up in Chicago, IL on April 28. He’ll swing through Boston, New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles and his home state of Mississippi along the way, with Ty Dolla $ign joining him on a handful of dates.

Tickets go on sale this Friday via Big K.R.I.T.’s website.

UPDATE (12/14): Big K.R.I.T. has added CyHi The Prynce, along with six new dates, to his Heavy Is the Crown tour. CyHi will perform at every show on the tour. Check out the updated schedule and poster below.

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