50 Cent & G-Unit Leave Interscope, Sign Deal With Capitol Music Group
Tony Yayo was right. Now it looks like 50 Cent isn’t rockin’ with Interscope the same either. A few weeks ago the hashtag #Free50Cent circulated the internet calling for Curtis Jackson to leave the label that has seemingly halted his career and now it has been announced that he has officially done so.
50 Cent will depart from Shady/Aftermath/Interscope where worked for 12 years selling over 30 million records in total. He and G-Unit are now headed to Caroline, the Independent Services division of Capitol Music Group owned by Universal. The rights to his four existing albums Get Rich or Die Tryin’, The Massacre, Curtis and Before I Self Destruct will remain with Shady/Aftermath/Interscope.
It has also been announced that his new project Animal Ambition will arrive June 3rd. Pre-orders are coming March 18th and will offer two new and instant tracks for anyone who makes the purchase.
Says Caroline President Dominic Pandiscia:
“We are thrilled to welcome 50 Cent and G-Unit to our family. 50 is simply one of the most accomplished and creative artists, and his plans for the future are as exciting and innovative as you can imagine. I deeply thank him for his belief in our team and what we can do to help support his creative vision in the years to come. I’d also like to thank everyone at Shady/Aftermath and Interscope, particularly Eminem and Dr. Dre, for offering their endorsement and support of our involvement with 50 Cent and G-Unit. They’ve done an incredible job these past 12 years, and we’ve got a great legacy of label partnership to build on.”
“I have had great success to date with Shady/Aftermath/Interscope and I’d like to thank Eminem and Dr. Dre for giving me an incredible opportunity. I’ve learned so much from them through the years. I am excited to enter this new era where I can carry out my creative vision.”
“Both myself and Shady Records are grateful to have had the chance to play a part in 50′s career. Shady simply would not be what it is without 50 Cent. I’ve developed a great friendship with 50 over the years, and that’s not going to change. We know 50 will have success in his new situation, and we remain supporters of both him and G-Unit.”
Steve Berman, Vice Chairman of Interscope/Geffen/A&M:
“50 Cent is, and always will be, a marquee artist for us at Interscope/Geffen/A&M. We respect his decision to pursue this new venture and the next chapter in his career, and wish him nothing but the best. He will always be a part of our family.”