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Adele's fans aren't the only ones who weren't excited about her new single "Easy On Me" upon first listen.

Adele's closest friends also weren't fond of her new single when they first heard it.

The megastar made her long-awaited comeback last week with her lead single from her fourth studio album, 30, which shattered the Spotify record for most streams in a single day.

Her friends were the first to warn her that "Easy On Me" was not easy on their ears.

"I sent a snippet of me singing it as I was writing it to three of my closest friends here," Adele told Greg James on the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show, "One didn't like it, the other one was like, 'Well, yeah, maybe, keep trying though.'"

Adele said she wasn't discouraged by her friends' responses to the tune.

"That was the perfect response for me. I'm such a knee-jerk person. I'll be like, 'I don't like it, forget it!' I'm like that with my music. I'm like that with just things I want to do. I'm like that with my feelings and stuff and I think it was clear to them (her friends) in the lyrics that I've bided my time and I wasn't reacting to a reaction or anything like that.

"It was just a feeling that I had stirred on for a while."

Adele's long-awaited album 30 is set for release on November 19.

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After teasing fans with a snippet of her first single in six years, Adele dropped the full song and music video late Thursday.

The 33-year-old British singer released the lead single off her fourth studio album entitled 30, which drops next month.

Fans are eager to see her perform, however Adele is wary of hitting the road to tour during the pandemic, reports.

She warned fans they may have to wait longer to see her live in concert while the Covid lockdowns continue around the world.

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She tells The Hits Radio Breakfast Show with Fleur East:

"I'd love to do a big proper tour again. I wouldn't do it quite as long as I did it last time, it was something like 130 odd shows in less than 18 months but, I would love to do that.

"But all the Covid rules are so different everywhere, and sort of like the rates of infection, the rates of vaccine whatever, it's just, it makes me nervous trying to plan a world tour globally when it feels like no-one's really on the same page."

Adele added: "The last thing I would ever want to do is cancel any shows again."

While details of the Rolling In The Deep singer's album are being kept under wraps, she's been vocal about her personal struggles.

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After a tumultuous marriage to Simon Konecki, Adele finalized her divorce in 2019. They share 8-year-old son Angelo.

She is currently dating Cleveland businessman Rich Paul, 39.

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Paul formed a sports agency after leaving Creative Artists Agency in 2012. His clients include NBA stars LeBron James, Eric Bledsoe, John Wall and Anthony Davis.

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Drake's new album Certified Lover Boy topped Kanye West's DONDA in the battle for streaming supremacy.

Drake dropped CLB three days after Universal Music released DONDA without Kanye's permission.

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Word has it that Kanye delayed DONDA's release date because he feared being outshined by Drake's new offering.

The "Hotline Bling" rapper recently traded disses with Kanye as they both prepared to drop their new releases.

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The Canadian superstar pummeled Kanye in lyrics on his track "7am on Bridle Path."

    "I could give a f--k about who designing your sneakers and tees
    Have somebody put you on a Gildan, you play with my seed
    Trust me, there's some sh-t you really gotta come see to believe
    That's why your people not believers, they all leavin' ya
    That's why you buyin' into the hype that the press feedin' ya

    You know the fourth level of jealousy is called media
    Isn't that an ironic revelation?
    Give that address to your driver, make it your destination
    Instead of just a post out of desperation."

Certified Lover Boy is currently number one on the Rolling Stone Top 200 Albums Chart. CLB crushed DONDA's listening figures, according to Alpha Data, the analytics provider behind the Rolling Stone charts.

In just three days, Certified Lover Boy received 430 million on-demand audio streams in the U.S. Meanwhile, DONDA pulled in just under 423 million listens in its first eight days of streaming.

Certified Lover Boy isn't Drake's biggest album to date. 2018's Scorpion, featuring hit single "Sandra's Rose," racked up more than 725 million streams in its first week of release.


As promised, Drake delivered his new album, Certified Lover Boy, without much fanfare or bizarre stunts.

The 34-year-old rapper dropped his first full length release since Scorpion in 2018 - on Friday - almost a year late due to the pandemic.

Standout collabs on the album include rappers Jay Z and mumble rapper Travis Scott.

CLB also includes features with Giveon, Lil Durk, Kid Cudi, Future, Yebba, Young Thug, Lil Baby and 21 Savage.

On "Fair Trade," Drake and Travis seek loyalty from women in their lives and they don't mind losing friends to achieve loyalty.

    "I don't know who love me, but I know that it ain't everybody
    I can never love her, she a busy body
    Baby, if you want me, can't be turnin' up with everybody, nah

    Can't be f*ckin' on just anybody, yeah
    I got feelings for you, that's the thing about it, yeah
    You know that it's somethin' when I sing about it, yeah."

In a post on his Instagram Stories, the rapper described his sixth album as, "A combination of toxic masculinity and acceptance of truth which is inevitably heartbreaking." He also dedicated the album to late Instagram models Nadia Ntuli and Mercedes Morr who both died this year.

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Ahead of the release of the record, Drake's mom Sandi Graham sent him sweet and encouraging notes.

Her message on Tuesday, Aug, 31, reads:

"To: Lover Boy Three days more we're counting down, for us to hear the best. Everyone's excited, cause you're nothing like the rest. Three more days my pookaroo I couldn't be more proud of you! Loving mom."

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Kanye West's new album, DONDA, has shot to the top of the Apple Music charts in 130 countries, becoming the platform's biggest debut ever.

The much-delayed project dropped unexpectedly on Sunday morning, despite Kanye's attempts to stall the release while he waited for clearance to feature DaBaby's verse on "Jail."

Instead of DaBaby's verse on the track, Jay-Z's verse remained.

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In a series of social media messages overnight, Kanye's manager, Bu Thiam, blamed DaBaby's management for the hold-up.

He explained DaBaby's manager hadn't signed the necessary paperwork to clear his verse.

"We won't be able to Upload unless we take him off," Bu claimed.

However, DaBaby's management denied Bu's allegations.

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Kanye responded by insisting he was "not taking my brother off", adding: "So the album is not coming out... God gotta bigger plans."

Kanye took to Twitter on Sunday afternoon to vent his frustrations about the release, and made it clear he wanted to wait for clearance from DaBaby's management.

"Universal put my album out without my approval and they blocked 'Jail 2' from being on the album," he wrote.


Despite the hysterics, Ye's 10th studio album - faturing 27 tracks - is a huge hit for Apple Music.

DONDA, named after the rapper's late mother, was initially set for release last month, following the first of three listening parties in Atlanta, Georgia.

Meanwhile, Kanye's arch nemesis, fellow rapper Drake announced his new release, Certified Lover Boy, is set to drop on Friday, Sept 3.

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Kanye West's longtime producer Mike Dean (left) sparked rumors when he appeared to announce he was quitting the Donda project.

Dean, a producer, audio engineer and songwriter on Kanye's albums, sparked rampant speculation when he tweeted and deleted: "F--K THIS!" on Saturday.

The 56-year-old producer moved into the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta at Kanye's request on July 23 to finish the delayed Donda album.

He regularly shared photos taken inside the temporary Donda Studio at the stadium.

But Dean surprised his followers when he tweeted and deleted "F--K THIS! then tweeted about the "toxic stadium air".

He also deleted all of his Donda studio photos from Instagram.

He then tweeted: "Good to be at the house!!!"

As word spread that Kanye's producer had bailed on the Donda project, Dean took to Twitter to insist he's still very much involved in the album.

"I haven't quit anything. The album continues. Lol. People read too much into tweets. Lol."

Dean claimed he was tired of Kanye fans stalking his timeline asking when the album will drop.

Last week, Kanye's collaborator KayCyy tweeted then deleted: "We moving to another stadium."

However, on Thursday, Aug. 12, an insider texted "HE'S STILL THERE!!!"

The fact that Kanye's producer has left the stadium may be a sign that stadium officials finally convinced Kanye to leave, too.

Or maybe not.

Kanye was spotted high up in the stadium rafters watching an Atlanta Falcons preseason football game on Saturday.

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Fans are becoming emotional over Lauryn Hill's verses on rapper Nas' 14th studio album, King's Disease II.

The follow-up to Nas's King's Disease, released on August 21, 2020, is being hailed as a return to real hip-hop.

The 47-year-old rapper's latest album also features collaborations with rappers YG and Eminem.

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But the track social media can't stop talking about is "Nobody" featuring Lauryn Hill.

Lauryn's verses are trending online for her critical take on the rise in social media and its influence on narcissistic tendencies.

    "Now let me give it to you balanced and with clarity
    I don't need to turn myself into a parody
    I don't do the sh*t you do for popularity
    They clearly didn't understand when I said I get out apparently
    My awareness like Keanu in The Matrix."

Lauryn, 46, also address longstanding complaints about her lateness at concerts.

    "I'm savin' souls and ya'll complainin' bout my lateness
    Now it's illegal for someone to walk in greatness
    They want the same but they don't take risks
    Now the world will get to see it's own reflection
    And the anointed can pursue their own direction."


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Kanye West's second Donda listening party at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta was a more theatrical event than the first party.

His estranged wife, Kim Kardashian, arrived with their four children to supported Kanye at his latest listening party on Thursday, Aug. 5.

Kim, 40, and the couple's kids - North, 8, Saint, five, Chicago, 3, and 2-year-old Psalm - were in attendance for the bash.

According to TMZ, Kim was joined by family friends, including her KKW Chief Marketing Officer Tracy Romulus and her children, at the event.

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star shared some photos on Twitter, including one picture of her designer outfit which, like Kanye's and their children's, was designed by Balenciaga.

The fashion house's artistic director, Demna Gvasalia, served as creative director for the Donda listening party.

The reality star and her children also attended Kanye's first listening party on July 22 in his birthplace Atlanta, Ga.

The 44-year-old rapper held the event at the stadium, where he has been living while finishing off the album with his producer, aspiring rappers and other hangers ons.

Thursday night's event, which was livestreamed on Apple Music, was more theatrical than the first preview.

It began with a 24-hour livestream video of the rapper's bedroom at the arena, showing Kanye and others finishing the record. Kanye was also seen sleeping peacefully in a windowless room for several hours before the show.

Out on stage, Kanye stood in a minimal set featuring a bed and was eventually circled in the stage area by a crowd of people.

The album played in a different order to the the previous event and included new songs featuring singer The Weeknd, and rappers Lil Yachty, Lil Durk and Jay Electronica.

The climax of the event saw Kanye "levitating" out of the half empty stadium while his single "No Child Left Behind" played.

According to pre-order information, the 24-track collection will be released on August 9 on Apple Music.

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Music producer DJ Toomp shared his opinion on Kanye West's long-awaited 10th studio album, Donda.

The renowned producer expressed his disappointment in the album, named for Kanye's late mother, Donda West.

DJ Toomp was in attendance during Kanye's first Donda listening party at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium on July 22.

Like many disappointed Kanye fans, Toomp was particularly irked by the lack of drums or percussion on any of the tracks.

"I hope the album doesn't sound like this," Toomp said during an interview with Big High ATL.

"If I was in the studio with 'Ye, I'd say 'Is this shit gonna drop anywhere? Cause you build us up and we thinkin' that shit finna go crazy but right when you think a beat's gonna drop, that shit go to another song. That's why I was like 'This album must not be finished.'"

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DJ Toomp previously worked with Kanye on his Graduation album (2007), producing the tracks "Can't Tell Me Nothing" and "Good Life" (featuring T-Pain).

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The 51-year-old Atlanta DJ also produced hits for rappers T.I. (pictured), Young Jeezy, Ludacris, Pitbull and Jay Z, among others.

Toomp is eager to work with Kanye to improve the Donda album -- but he has not heard from his old pal, who moved into the Mercedes-Benz Stadium on July 23 to finish the album.

"I would really love to help him put that album together. I want to hear some more lyrics, man. Definitely beats. But as far as the artist, I want to hear lyrics. Where that shock value at that he usually brings, ya know?"

Toomp said the album doesn't sound like a personal tribute to Kanye's mom.

"He just got out of a divorce, so there's a few things that he wanna pour out personally on that album. It may be a real personal album. If you naming this Donda after your moms, where's that mom record at that's gonna make every n***a whose mom ain't here no more feel like it's their favorite shit on the album."


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Kanye West wasn't happy that his first Donda listening party, held at his temporary home in Atlanta, wasn't completely sold out.

Despite reports that the Mercedes-Benz Stadium was sold out for his first event -- the upper decks were empty, and Kanye noticed.

So he's hosting another album release party for his upcoming Donda album at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, where he's been living and working on the album since July 22.

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Kanye's bedroom at the stadium is not much larger than a college dorm room or a jail cell at the nearby Fulton County lockup in downtown Atlanta.

The spartan living quarters includes a twin bed with a white comforter, a wall-mounted television, an open locker containing a few outfits, a suitcase, a small storage locker that doubles as a nightstand, and a digital clock on the cinder block wall.

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The 44-year-old mogul is still brainstorming on how to make the listening event unique to fill new seats in the upper decks.
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Sources in Kanye's camp tell TMZ, Yeezy and his production team locked down Aug. 5 as the date for another Donda album release on the eve of the album drop on Aug. 6.

Kanye pays an exorbitant $1 million per day to live in a space in the locker room with access to a shower and toilet stall.

The $1 million per day goes toward paying the salaries for 100 stadium employees who are at Kanye's beck and call while he's living there. Those same employees will work his upcoming Donda album release party.

Kanye's first listening party broke the Apple Music Global Livestream record with 3.3 million viewers.

Unfortunately, many of them didn't like what they heard.

Fans peppered their reviews with descriptive language such as "trash" and "ass."

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TMZ sources say CAA and Live Nation are putting pressure on Ye and his production company to make the second Donda event different.

They fear it won't be easy to sell tickets in Atlanta if the event is a carbon copy of the first.

Remember, Kanye gave away 5,000 tickets to white college students, but the place still wasn't packed to the rafters.

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It's unclear what Kanye plans to do the second time around. He could go with a new stage or have a choir and perform the songs live with his celebrity pals like Jay Z.

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