Fifty Cent is looking forward to a big summer.Â The rap superstar has announced via Twitter that his next album will be arriving on July 2nd.Â Fifty adds that he’s “got some heat,” and that fans should trust that the project will be special because he’s “ready.”Â Fifty Cent’s next release will be his fifth with Interscope Records.Â His relationship with the label has had its ups and downs recently, with 50 having threatened to release free music if Interscope didn’t move forward with his record.Â He also sent out a tweet saying he had “lost all the faith in the team” he’s on.Â Fifty Cent and Interscope have since patched up their relationship, and next Monday Interscope will be releasing the rapper’s single “I Just Wanna” to iTunes.
Fifty Cent’s last album was 2009′s “Before I Self Destruct.“Â The record opened at number five on the Billboard 200 and has been certified gold.
In other news 50 recently unveiled a line of high-end headphones and accessories from SMS Audio.
The line features two styles of headphones, the wired Street by 50 and the wireless Sync by 50, both with a sleek design and a high price: the Sync by 50 headphones will set you back about $399.
The new headphones will drop in April 2012.
The wireless headphones use Kleer technology, instead of Bluetooth, to produce 16-bit lossless digital sound up to 50 feet from the source, which is great for roaming around your apartment while listening to music.
And they have the ability to sync four users to one source, which comes in handy for playing video games with your buddies.
Check Out a interview 50 did with Fastcompany.comÂ about the new headphone line below:
50 CENT: “Beats made headphones fashionable. Look at consumer electronics. Other than TVs, everything is getting smaller. Headphones used to be the same way. Then Beats came out. Now headphones are getting larger, more visible.”
BRIAN NOHE: “That made us realize we not only need to think about high quality of sound but also about the headset as a fashion accessory. People want to dress them up, so we have to give them color options.”
NOHE: “Beats blazed a path in the high-end market. I liken it to what happened with sneakers. Not long ago, we were paying $25 for shoes. Then people saw they could get higher-end, more stylish, celebrity-endorsed products, and the cost jumped to $200. Same with headphones. Our Sync by 50 line is priced at $399.95, which is comparable to Beats’ top model. We wanted it to be premium. If you believe in your product and don’t discount it, consumers believe it’s worth what they pay.”
50 CENT: “Obviously I’d like to have partnerships with companies, like Beats has with Chrysler. When a company has been around as long as Chrysler, you know there’s quality to it. That reflects back on you. I want SMS to be associated with a brand that’s perceived the same way. I’ve done it before, in a different category. I worked with Right Guard to create RGX Pure 50 body spray. People knew the Right Guard name and quality and then saw something new and wanted to try it.”
NOHE: “We didn’t go with an active noise-canceling feature because that degrades the sound. Our wireless technology is called Kleer–it’s a lossless, CD-quality signal. To add something that affects the clarity wasn’t reasonable.”
50 CENT: “Even if other headphones out there have wireless, they use Bluetooth. That’s not the same. We want you to be able to hear the highest-quality music. That’s why I called the company SMS–Studio Mastering Sound.”
50 CENT: “If you say Sony, I think of a roomful of Asian men. You say Bose, I don’t know what I think of. It’s just a corporation. You say Beats by Dre, I think of a person who means something to the culture. The more the public respects someone’s art, the more it drives a sense of cool with his or her products. I’m going to release my fifth album this summer, and obviously we’ll tie SMS in with that. The recording is done. Now it just needs a few songs to be mastered. Coincidentally, by Dre.”