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Drake apologises for blowup

Posted: 18 Feb 2014 08:00 AM PST

The singer issued an open letter to apologise for his behaviour.

Drake has apologised for railing on Rolling Stone after the magazine bumped him off the cover in favour of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.

He took to his website on Friday to issue an open letter "to clear the air about an extremely emotional day".

"I completely support and agree with Rolling Stone replacing me on the cover with the legendary Philip Seymour Hoffman. He is one of the most incredible actors of our time and a man that deserves to be immortalised by this publication," Drake wrote.

"My frustration stemmed from the way it was executed. The circumstances at hand are completely justifiable (on the magazines behalf), but I was not able to salvage my story or my photos and that was devastating."

He went on to write that had he be given the choice, he would have waited "until it was my time".

"I understand the magnitude of the cover they chose but I just wasn't given that option and that made me feel violated. I apologise to anybody who took my initial comments out of context because in no way would I ever want to offend the Hoffman family or see myself as bigger than that moment," he continued.

The rapper-singer created a Twitter firestorm on Thursday when he admonished the publication in a series of tweets to his more than 14 million Twitter followers (some of which were subsequently deleted).

He vented over remarks on Kanye West that he believed were off the record and was peeved that he lost the cover "last minute" after the mag replaced him with a tribute to Hoffman, who died of an apparent overdose on Feb 2.

Drake went so far as to say that he was "disgusted" by the publication and later added that he's "done doing interviews for magazines".

The rapper didn't further address another issue he has with the magazine – that it used comments he made over West's polarising Yeezus, saying he was ambivalent about the album and criticising some of the album's lyrics.

"After dwelling on it for a few hours or days you will come to the conclusion that you brought it on yourself almost every time," he went on to write. "I respect Rolling Stone for being willing to give a kid from Toronto a shot at the cover.

"I guess this is a day to learn and grow." – Los Angeles Times/McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

K-pop’s Girls’ Generation and 2NE1 lead comeback month

Posted: 17 Feb 2014 04:55 AM PST

A host of K-pop acts is blazing the music scene with new albums this February.

THIS month has been filled with comeback releases including from B.A.P., Crayon Pop and Ga In, and more are on the way.

Girls' Generation

With two of South Korea's most popular girl groups, Girls' Generation (or SNSD) and 2NE1, announcing the release of their new albums, the remaining two weeks of February look to be a hot battle among those hoping to make a huge comeback.

CNBlue (FNC Entertainment)

Along with the K-pop powerhouses, popular boy band CNBlue as well as R&B vocal group Brown Eyed Soul and veteran singer-songwriter Lee Sang-eun are also returning with their latest releases this February.

As if Feb 24 isn't already keeping K-pop fans abuzz with the highly anticipated comeback albums of 2NE1 and Girls' Generation, the four members of CNBlue are hoping to make their mark that day with their brand new EP Can't Stop. The boy band recently released a best-of album titled Present in Japan and secured a No. 2 spot on the Oricon Weekly Albums Chart. The boys are looking to repeat their success in their home country with the release of their fifth EP, coming a year after the hit EP Re:BLUE.

2NE1 (YG Entertainment)

The K-pop superstars of 2NE1 finally announced the official release of the group's second studio album this month after their debut more than five years ago. The four ladies of 2NE1 will be going head to head with CNBlue and Girls' Generation with their follow-up album Crush.

Although SNSD's upcoming EP Mr.Mr. was originally slated to be released the same day as the albums by 2NE1 and CNBlue, officials from SM Entertainment announced on Friday that the release of SNSD's new album may be postponed after a number of scenes for the title track's video were reported to have been accidentally deleted. They are currently looking to see if restoration of these files is possible.

Lee Sang-eun (Breeze Music)

Outside the mainstream K-pop spectrum, veteran soft rock singer Lee, who also goes by the stage name Leetzsche, also announced her return to the music scene with her 15th studio album. Since her debut album Happy Birthday in 1989, Lee has produced more than 20 studio albums including 14 full-length ones. – The Korea Herald/Asia News Network

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