The rapper/producer released his first album in 16 years on Friday (August 7)
Dr Dre‘s new album looks set to top this week’s UK Albums Chart, according to midweek figures.
‘Compton’ is the rapper/producer’s first album in 16 years, following on from 1999’s ‘2001’. It features guest spots from Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and more.
It was released last Friday (August 7). Read the NME review.
According to the Official Charts Company, ‘Compton’ is outselling the rest of the top five combined, ahead of Frank Turner’s ‘Positive Songs For Negative People’, Don Broco’s ‘Automatic’ and other new entries.
Meanwhile, Charlie Puth & Meghan Trainor’s ‘Marvin Gaye’ looks set to top the UK Singles Chart this week.
‘Compton’ was inspired by new NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton and has been described by Dre as his “grand finale”.
Dr Dre recently announced that he will donate royalties earned from ‘Compton’ to the funding of a new performing arts and entertainment facility in the city of Compton.
“I feel it’s the right thing to do and I hope everybody appreciates the work I put into this album,” Dre told Zane Lowe, revealing that he’ll be working with Compton Mayor Aja Brown on the project.
“We’ve reached out to Aja Brown quite a few times in the last month or two. I’ve been really trying to do something special for Compton and just couldn’t quite figure out what it was. She actually had this idea and she was already in the process of working on it. I said, ‘Boom, this is what we should do.'”