XXXTentacion reportedly signed a $10 million album deal prior to his death last month.
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The Florida rapper was shot dead as he was departing a motorcycle dealership on June 18. He was 20 years old. Suspect Dedrick Williams has already been arrested on murder charges, while detectives are also looking to speak to 22-year-old Robert Allen.
Now, The New York Times reports that the artist – born Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy – had signed a deal with the independent music company Empire Distribution. The label were behind Onfroy’s debut album ’17’.
Following the release of ‘?’ in March, they are said to have offered him a huge deal for what would have been his third studio LP. Ghazi Shami, Empire’s founder, declined to comment on these reports. However, she did state that “a significant amount of material” for the record had been completed.
The report also suggests that the new material won’t be released “until at least October” because of a clause in XXXTentacion’s previous contract.
Following his death, the rapper broke Taylor Swift’s one-day streaming record on Spotify, while his sales increased by 1,603%. The total was worked out from combined album and digital song sales, which grew from 2,000 sold on June 17 to 33,000 copies sold on June 18.
Streaming platform Spotify was criticised after adding XXXTentacion‘s music to one of their most popular playlists in the wake of his death.