Dr Dre announces first new album in fifteen years on his Beats 1 show, now available for preorder on iTunes


Dr. Dre joined Apple as part of the Beats acquisition last year. Dre’s contribution to (aside from branding) is questioned by critics but fans of his work will be pleased to know he announced his first new album in fifteen years, entitled Compton A Soundtrack. The album can be preordered on iTunes now ready for release on August 7th.

Dre announced his long-awaited new release on his Beats 1 radio show yesterday with rapper and former colleague, Ice Cube. The album will be exclusive to Apple, available to buy on iTunes or stream on Apple Music.

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The album has 16 tracks:

  • Intro
  • Talk About It [ft. King Mez & Justus]
  • Genocide [ft. Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius & Candice Pillay]
  • It’s All on Me [ft. Justus & BJ the Chicago Kid]
  • All in a Day’s Work [ft. Anderson Paak & Marsha Ambrosius]
  • Darkside/Gone [ft. King Mez, Marsha Ambrosius & Kendrick Lamar]
  • Loose Cannons [ft. Xzibit & COLD 187um]
  • Issues [ft. Ice Cube & Anderson Paak]
  • Deep Water [ft. Kendrick Lamar & Justus]
  • One Shot One Kill [ft. Snoop Dogg]
  • Just Another Day [ft. Asia Bryant]
  • For the Love of Money [ft. Jill Scott & Jon Connor]
  • Satisfaction [ft. Snoop Dogg, Marsha Ambrosius & King Mez]
  • Animals [ft. Anderson Paak]
  • Medicine Mane [ft. Eminem, Candice Pillay & Anderson Paak]
  • Talking to My Diary

Dre is describing the album as his ‘grand finale’. Expect Apple to feature the album prominently in the runup to release.


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  1. this is what i call opportunism…

  2. Can people stop using their position to promote their own music.
    Judging by the video, seems like Dre used Apple dough to build his own underground club.

    • rogifan - 8 years ago

      Why do you think they lobby to Apple to purchase Beats? I wonder if this will be available to stream on Apple Music on day one. I thought record companies were against streaming new albums when they’re first released.

    • ….yeah because when one of the greatest producers in the history of music decides to release a new album, he shouldn’t promote it. Good logic.

      • Rich Davis (@RichDavis9) - 8 years ago

        “greatest producers”??? Huh? No he isn’t. he’s just a rap producer, he doesn’t produce REAL music.

    • AeronPeryton - 8 years ago

      But don’t you see what’s happening? Because Apple bought Beats and launched Apple Music, Dr. Dre albums are a news point on a tech blog! They’ve won their publicity, fair and square.

    • I’m all for promoting your new album, but on MTV, Entertainment News, whatever.
      Not on your own radio show where you are a VP of the corporation/station.

    • drtyrell969 - 8 years ago

      Let’s hope he finally comes out of the closet in this one.

  3. SKR Imaging - 8 years ago

    wasn’t Detox supposed to be his next album.. this looks more like a complimentary album to coincide with the new movie Straight Outta Compton coming soon…

    “grand Finale”?… don’t believe that.

    • Paul Douglas - 8 years ago

      He addressed Detox. It got canned because he didn’t like how it wound up.

      • SKR Imaging - 8 years ago

        ah might have missed that news… well hope this new album is up to the hype.

  4. Rich Davis (@RichDavis9) - 8 years ago

    Wow, another album filled with more N and B words. Great…………..

  5. Rich Davis (@RichDavis9) - 8 years ago

    I wonder if Tim Cook listens to the words in Dre’s music and gets his freak on. And no, it’s not something I want to watch or participate in. Hahahahaha.

  6. Rich Davis (@RichDavis9) - 8 years ago

    Is there a way that they can keep the music IN Compton so that the rest of society doesn’t have to listen to it? That would be great. Someone should come up with Geo-DRM so the music can only be played in certain geographic locations.

    I wonder why Apple doesn’t have an Apple Store in Compton, CA. (I couldn’t resist)

  7. MattR - 8 years ago

    I know that Dr. Dre is just using this as a prime opportunity to market at this point, but I’m still excited to give the album a try. It’s been too long, Dr. Dre….

  8. Gregory Wright - 8 years ago

    History tells us this album will suck. Dre and T are too old for todays music, including rap. They were good back in the day but like most things from yesteryear, they don’t fit todays consumer of music.

  9. MaxBay - 8 years ago

    Design question for 9To5Mac;

    Why are the photos half the size of my MBP screen? Is the site now configured for phones and tablets so much that what looks appropriate there unfortunately looks too big here?

    As for Dr. Dre’s new album, not interested. There isn’t much that a new billionaire and I would have in common. Makes as much sense as listening to an album titled, “Donald Trump Sings!”

    • Rich Davis (@RichDavis9) - 8 years ago

      Actually, Dre isn’t worth a Billion, the latest figures is $700 Million. Still a lot of money, but it’s still a few hundred million away from a billion. Just saying.

    • Nick Arnott (@noir) - 8 years ago

      Is this the same reason you don’t listen to any other mainstream musicians? They make too much money for you to relate to their music?

  10. jiggerslovesthemapples - 8 years ago

    Will he and Tim ever soooo sloooowly touch each other’s index fingers and magically send this album to all iTunes users?

  11. PhilBoogie - 8 years ago

    No wonder this album took 15 years; he filled it with features¡

  12. bpmajesty - 8 years ago

    PSA: There are a LOT of opinions and cynicisms here regarding something that we haven’t even heard yet. No one here knows any whys or hows. Lets just wait until the album comes out, because love it or hate it, odds are everyone here will listen to it.


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