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Dr. Dre Proclaims Long-Delayed "Detox" Is Arriving in 2010

April 6, 2010 10:05 AM ET

After a long series of delays, Dr. Dre's comeback album Detox is "definitely" arriving in 2010, the producer told CNBC during another round of promotion for his Beats By Dre headphones. As Rolling Stone reported yesterday, Dr. Dre and Interscope exec Jimmy Iovine revealed that Dre's new single "Under Pressure" with Jay-Z will be coming soon. "Hopefully, we'll be releasing ['Under Pressure'] in the next two weeks or so, and I'm definitely gonna be putting the album out this year, finally. I think everyone is gonna be happy with it," Dre told CNBC (via Nah Right). "I'm just trying to finish this record, finally get it done, get it out and start promoting it."

Dr. Dre has been tinkering with Detox for the better part of the last decade, earning the album a reputation as hip-hop's Chinese Democracy.

In June 2008, Dre's protégé Snoop Dogg revealed Dre had finished work on Detox, and the album was slated for a winter 2008 release. Still, Detox never came, nor did it arrive during Aftermath's promised one-two punch of Detox and Eminem's Relapse (Slim Shady delivered on his part of the deal, however). Early 2009 brought a pair of leaked songs reportedly destined for Detox. If the rumors are true, seemingly every single major rapper — Snoop, Eminem, T.I., Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Ice Cube, Nas, even newcomer Drake — will appear on Dre's comeback album.

Dre's proclamation that "Under Pressure" will be released in the "next two weeks or so" is sparking rumors that Jay-Z may debut the track live during his headlining set at the Coachella festival in Indio, California on April 16th. The fest is a short drive from Dre's native Los Angeles, so it's plausible the Doctor will head out to the desert for a surprise appearance. We'll find out a week from this Friday when Rolling Stone heads to Coachella for a full report.

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Snoop Dogg Confirms Dr. Dre's "Detox" is Finished

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