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Breaking News: 50 Cent’s G-Unit Records Inks Distribution Deal With EMI

(AllHipHop News) It’s official: 50 Cent’s G-Unit has inked a deal with EMI Label Services to market, promote and distribute releases from the popular New York-based record label. The first release under the new deal with be Lloyd Banks’ third solo album H.F.M. 2 (Hunger For More 2), which is slated for a November 23rd, release date. Lloyd Banks’ release will be followed by Tony Yayo’s untitled follow-up to his 2008 solo debut Thoughts of a Predicate Felon. Yayo’s album, which will include the single “Pass the Patron,” will land in stores in early 2011. “It’s refreshing to see the EMI staff excited about my project, they have the passion and energy I haven’t seen in while,” Lloyd Banks told AllHipHop.com in a statement today (August 13th).Mike Harris, executive Vice President and General Manager for EMI Label Services, was excited to welcome G-Unit, one of Hip-Hop’s best known brands, to the label. “G-Unit is a huge force,” Harris stated. “Lloyd Banks knows how to deliver a lyrical punch and his single has already generated huge anticipation for the album.. Tony Yayo is a totally unique talent, and ‘Pass the Patron’ already has the Hip-Hop world buzzing about his album coming out next year.”For weeks, fans speculated where G-Unit might end up, with most of the chatter hinting to a deal with Def Jam, where former G-Unit Records President Sha Money XL serves as Executive Vice President. With the move to EMI, G-Unit Records is no longer under the Interscope/Universal umbrella of record labels. “The EMI staff is creative and willing to think outside the box,” Tony Yayo explained to AllHipHop.com in a statement. “They are fans of my music and career.  I’m looking forward to marketing and promoting my upcoming album with them.”

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