“Compton” Sees Record-Setting Sales Collapse

August 24, 2015

Following the release of the feature film “Straight Outta Compton,” hip hop mogul Dr. Dre released a companion album titled “Compton,” his first in 16 years. While initial sales launched the record to number two on the charts, last week album sales plummeted more than 80%, rivaling the biggest drops in history.

Industry insiders blame the drop on renewed allegations of past abuse that have been leveled against Dr. Dre in recent weeks. Three women have stepped forward to reiterate their stories of physical abuse at the hands of Dr. Dre between the mid-80’s and early 90’s. One such account on Gawker received more than 1.6 million views. When asked why no police reports were ever filed against Dr. Dre, one of the victims, a former girlfriend, responded that, “We don’t get that kind of education in my culture.”

For his part, Dr. Dre, now a high-level consultant at Apple, released a statement saying: “Twenty-five years ago I was a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life. However, none of this is an excuse for what I did. I’ve been married for 19 years and every day I’m working to be a better man for my family, seeking guidance along the way. I’m doing everything I can so I never resemble that man again…I apologize to the women I’ve hurt. I deeply regret what I did and know that it has forever impacted all of our lives.”

Apple is standing behind Dr. Dre, and has offered a statement of support towards his new life choices, “Dre has apologized for the mistakes he’s made in the past and he’s said that he’s not the same person that he was 25 years ago. We believe his sincerity and after working with him for a year and a half, we have every reason to believe that he has changed.”

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