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Chance the Rapper says his new album is not actually coming out this week

The follow-up to 2016’s Coloring Book was rumoured to arrive within days, but the Chicago artist has walked back on his previous comments

Chance the Rapper recently revealed that, later this month, Kanye West would be heading back to Chicago to work with him on a new album – but for fans itchy to hear new music from Chance before that, it looks like you won’t need to wait long.

As revealed in a new interview with The Chicago Tribune, the follow-up to 2016’s Grammy-winning Coloring Book will be out this week. “I got that feeling when people do something that has a new feel to it,” he said of the new record. “I’m excited for everybody to get that.”

Chance also says in the interview that the album will arrive just in time for his hometown headline concert for the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics. That concert takes place this Saturday (July 21), so it’s likely the album will be out by Friday, if not sooner.

Elsewhere in the interview, Chance talks about how his collaboration with Kanye came out of their time together in Wyoming, and says that he doesn’t know of “a timeline on it yet, the trajectory of it”, but that that they’ll be finishing it off in Chicago. “We’ve just started making it, but I don’t want to manipulate the situation and impose any time frame, because that can hinder you.”

UPDATE, 5PM BST: Despite Chance being quoted saying the album was “going to come out just in time for the Special Olympics”, he’s just taken to Twitter to clarify that the album won’t, in fact, be out this week after all. “Sorry no album this week,” he wrote, “def been in the stu tho”. There is every possibility that Chance is just playing games with us, but if not, it’s a bit of a bummer. Guess we’ll have to wait for that Kanye record after all. Check out the tweet below.