Update: The official “Ellen DeGeneres Show” website no longer includes a reference to rumors of a third new Future album.
In its listing for Future’s performance on the March 2 episode, the website originally said, “He has the #1 album in the country this week with ‘Future,’ and is attempting to have three #1 albums in a row in three weeks – which will make him the first in history to do that.” The listing, obviously, suggested plans to release an immediate follow-up to “HNDRXX” this week.
The updated, truncated listing makes no mention of a possible third album. It simply refers to Future as one of the biggest rappers in music, while noting he will be “performing the song ‘Incredible’ from his #1 album, ‘HNDRXX.'”
The change comes as Future’s representatives deny reports that a third new album is arriving this week.
In addition to Future, the March 2 “Ellen” will feature interviews with George W. Bush and Lily Collins.
With little warning, Future released a self-titled album on February 17.
He released “HNDRXX,” another new album, on February 24.
Is he set to release a third new album on March 3?
That is the rumor going around. An article on NPR first acknowledged the possibility, and the listing for Future’s March 2 “Ellen DeGeneres Show” performance provides additional support for the notion.
“He has the #1 album in the country this week with ‘Future,’ and is attempting to have three #1 albums in a row in three weeks – which will make him the first in history to do that,” writes the official “Ellen DeGeneres Show” website.
Future does not appear on the “Fifty Shades Darker” soundtrack, which hit #1 the week prior to “Future.” The only way he could achieve three #1 albums in a row would be to release a chart-topping follow-up to “HNDRXX” next week.
Granted, achieving a third #1 may be impossible even if Future does release a new album on March 3. Ed Sheeran’s “Divide” also arrives that day, and it would be the heavy favorite in a head-to-head race with a new Future album.
A listing on the “Ellen” website is not tantamount to confirmation from the artist or label, but it will certainly keep the rumor alive.