Drake Concert Erupts Into Near Riot in New York

Drake Concert Erupts Into Near Riot in New York
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Drake Concert at South Street Seaport

A near riot erupted in New York City's South Street Seaport area after police cancelled a planned free concert by rapper Drake and the pop group Hanson due to over-flowwing crowds. According to reports, chairs were thrown, mace was sprayed, bottles were thrown and a table was tossed from a second floor balcony.

According to Fox News New York, 25,000 fans amassed for a free concert by the most popular rapper in the country whose debut album, "Thank Me Later," is poised to be one of 2010's top-selling albums. According to music industry prognosticators, Drake's debut full-length studio album "Thank Me Later," which was released on Tuesday (June 15), is projected to sell in the range of 425,000 to 475,000 -- if not more -- by week's end on June 20. If it moves as much as sources think, it'll mark one of the biggest sales weeks of the year for a single album.

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Organizers were expecting 10,000 people to come to what was supposed to be a high-profile opening for the South Street Seaport's annual free summer concert series. But fans began arriving midday, and by 7:00 p.m. the crowds had swelled to dangerous levels. The police and the Seaport's management made the decision to cancel the concert, and Drake never even took the stage.

(Additional reporting by Keith Caulfield)