Wu-Tang Set To Drop Before Christmas, Clan Face Off With Saigon & Wyclef Jean
8 Diagrams, the Wu's first album in six years, was originally scheduled for a November 13 release date but has been pushed back to December 4.
Despite recent reports, Wu-Tang Clan did not clear the first-ever Beatles sample for the lead single off 8 Diagrams.
The Wu-Beatles merger is called "The Heart Gently Weeps" and is available for streaming on loud.com now.
In a statement on their MySpace page, the Staten Island collective clarified their previous claim, saying that they only "replayed" a portion of the Fab Four song "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and did not actually sample it.
"The statement that we made yesterday was incorrect and we apologize for any confusion it may have caused," Wu-Tang said in their online statement. "...We did not sample the Beatles, rather we did an interpolation of the classic George Harrison composition 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps.' In a historic collaboration, Dhani Harrison, son of George and friend to the RZA, played guitar on the song and he himself helped secure the reuse license. Also appearing on the song are John Frusciante, guitar player for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Erykah Badu singing the chorus."
Wu-Tang will be going head-to-head with Saigon's The Greatest Story Never Told, Wyclef's The Carnival II: Memoirs of an Immigrant and Styles P's Super Gangster, Extraordinary Gentleman on December 4.
Other upcoming releases set to drop before the end of the year include Jay-Z's American Gangster and a greatest hits collection from Nas due on November 6, - who is also reportedly going to drop another as yet untitled disc before the end of the year - Nelly's Brass Knuckles and Ja Rule's The Mirror on November 13, Lupe Fiasco's The Cool on November 20, Bow Wow and Omarion's Face Off on December 11 and Lil' Wayne's The Carter III on December 18.