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On her tour with Majical Cloudz this fall, Lorde has been covering Kanye West's "Flashing Lights" and Bon Iver's "Heavenly Father" as part of her set. Watch the video of her covers as well as check out the remaining tour dates below.
The new video for Karen O's "Ooo", off the recently released Crush Songs, was apparently made without her knowledge. The video was directed by Spike Jonze (with whom Karen O has collaborated with before, most recently on the Oscar-nominated Her) and stars actress Elle Fanning dancing in the New York Metropolitan Opera House. Watch the video below.
Big Sean has shared four new songs via his Soundcloud. One of the tracks, titled "I Don't Fuck With You", features E-40 and production credits from Kanye West and DJ Mustard. The other tracks, "Paradise", "4th Quarter", and "Jit/Juke", were produced by Mike Will Made It, Key Wane, and a team composed of Nate Fox, Da Internz, and L&F, respectively. Listen to them below.
Next week, Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O will release her debut solo album, Crush Songs. The 15-track effort is the first solo material we'll hear from her outside of her Academy Award-nominated song, “The Moon Song”, for the Her soundtrack. Stream Crush Songs at NPR.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O will release her debut solo record, Crush Songs, next week. The album is a collection of love songs penned nearly seven years ago. In anticipation, Karen O has shared another song, titled "Day Go By". Listen to it below.
Kanye West, Jay-Z, and Frank Ocean have been sued in a $3 million lawsuit in relation to 2011's Watch the Throne. New York musician Joel McDonald believes that the rappers' "Made in America" takes from a song he wrote in 2009 under the same title, as XXL reports.
According to The New York Post, Kanye West and Paul McCartney may be recording together. The Post claims that West and McCartney have been working in the studio secretly for quite some time, and that there are a few tracks that "could develop into an album". In fact, one of the supposed tracks is titled "Piss on My Grave".
Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O has announced a series of intimate live shows behind her forthcoming debut solo album, Crush Songs. The shows will take place in New York, Los Angeles, London, and Berlin in September and October. See the full list of dates below.
It's an entirely different prospect to see music in a festival context, a bloated macrocosm of the cultural landscape that's entirely distinct from an intimate club setting. Scanning Lollapallooza's 2014 line-up would elicit a positive reaction from any music fan, with a breadth of big-name artists spanning multiple genres, but the high cost of entry and the claustrophobic crowd would serve as enough of a barrier for anyone who is only interested in a few of the acts. And so Lollapallooza - possibly the largest festival in the world, packing out 7 stages with rotating performances sprawling over several Chicago blocks - becomes a commune of folks who "love all kinds of music", whether that phrase is accurate or representative of their base engagement with the nuances of the art. Some in attendance truly were excited by the prospect of being exposed to new artists and taking in some of their favorites, some were so plastered they couldn't even tell me the name of a single group they'd seen that day. A large chunk of the people present were young, rowdy, and taking in the sounds as an accent to their drug experience. This was one of many ways people engage with the huge range of music, with a line-up so stacked people curated their own routes ahead of time. The show could truly become whatever you wanted it to be, a straight-ahead onslaught of some of the biggest names in a particular genre, or an opportunity to catch a wide array of notable artists.
Karen O has shared the video for "Rapt" from her forthcoming Crush Songs, which is out September 9 via Cult Records. The video was directed by Barney Clay and production designed by K.K. Barrett, who has been nominated for an Oscar in Best Production for Her. Watch the video below.
In a recent interview with GQ Magazine, Kanye West shared some details of his upcoming album. West said he plans to release the record this fall after a new single called "All Day", which he expects to share in the "next couple weeks".
This week’s selection is all about the mysterious. From those we never hear about to those we hear about but are seldom seen, this week’s seen some reclusive crawl out of their shells and drop some pretty distinct music. It’s not just the hermits that have surfaced though, as one prominent band has decided to take a stab at making music again, not that their crazy fan base is complaining. Regardless of the size of the band or the level of introversion, this week’s list had some absolute gems.
When Drake fell sick with an undisclosed illness and was forced to cancel his performance at this weekend's Wireless Festival in London, Kanye West filled in for him, rants and all: according to NME, West went on a furious speech about fashion houses, corporations, and other miscellaneous topics during his performance of "Runaway". Watch West's rant below.
Top Dawg Entertainment, Kendrick Lamar's label, apparently didn't want Lamar to support Kanye West for the Yeezus tour, according to The New York Times Magazine. TDE president Terrence Henderson told the Times, "Believe it or not, we were actually trying not to do the tour," Henderson said. "We wanted Kendrick to be recording that whole time."
Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O announced her first solo album, Crush Songs. The record is due out September 9 in the U.S. via Julian Casablancas' label Cult. Check out the cover art above.
With a chance to redeem himself after his disastrous set in 2008 at Bonnaroo, it would appear Kanye West couldn't completely redeem himself. Despite a 21-song, rant-filled performance (the Kanye norm), there was still quite a bit of animosity towards the rapper. The photos below prove that Kanye still hasn't gained the favor of the Bonnaroo public.
Well, good news for the people saying "Ye we need another Yeezus". In an interview with BBC Radio 1 that will air next week, producer Rick Rubin confirmed that he's working on the follow up to Kanye West's Yeezus. "Kanye West is coming in, and we’re starting looking at vocal ideas for things for the next album," Rubin said to BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe.
While taking in everything Bonnaroo has to offer as well as performing there, James Blake also sat down recently with Billboard and shared that he's nearly halfway finished with the follow-up to 2013's Overgrown. Blake also went on to say that the record will include collaborations with Kanye West, Justin Vernon, and a third secret collaborator that he was "really excited about". Blake's new record is currently slated for an early 2015 release. Watch the full interview below, as well as the singer's full Bonnaroo set.
The Stones Throw documentary Our Vinyl Weights a Ton was released this week and, in conjunction, Rolling Stone has shared nearly 30 minutes of outtakes from the film. The video released contains an interview with Kanye West, who explains how J Dilla has influenced his work.
The good news? There's new Kanye West music. The bad? It's only a snippet. The song, titled "God Level", is produced by West, Hudson Mohawke, 88-Keys, Mike Dean, and Noah Goldstein. It's featured in an Adidas FIFA World Cup commerical called "The Dream". Watch the commercial below.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Jack White revealed that he was asked to collaborate on Kanye West's Yeezus. Sadly, Kanye West never followed up.
The Tribeca Film Festival is currently underway in New York City. The festival contains a Disruptive Innovation Awards outing, where Kanye West and producer Rick Rubin were supposed to accept an award on behalf of the Roland TR-808 drum machine. Since neither West nor Rubin can be present, they've decided to have a wonderfully ridiculous video collage play in their place.
Lily Allen's upcoming record, Sheezus, is due out May 6. While mainy of the tracks off the album have already been released, the title track has been one of the more anticipated given its controversial content. The track features numerous name-drops (watch out Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Rihanna) as well as openly dicusses periods, something that more than likely isn't going to get a ton of radio play. Listen to the track below.
On ABC's "The View" today, James Franco told the audience that, apparently, Kanye West asked for both Franco and Rogen to perform their parody "Bound 2" the night before his wedding to Kim Kardashian.
You have heard about the post-Taylor Swift Kanye West. He is an embattled man--a victim, to similar extents, of America's unspoken racial tensions and of his own id. During the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards in New York, West jumped on stage to rip the microphone out of Swift's hand. She had just been announced as the winner for Best Female Video, and West was incredulous. Beyonce, he explained to the stunned audience, had made "one of the best videos of all time", and the Chicago rapper/producer was seated too close to the stage to let such injustice proceed unchecked. The moment has been frozen in our collective unconscious: a speechless Swift clutching her trophy, a leather-clad West simply shrugging. The reaction came quickly and without mercy; West was a monster, and How Could He Do That and Who Does He Think He Is? It would be naive to ignore the politics of race in all of this, the angry black man stealing the spotlight from the innocent white girl. But West was a jerk, first and foremost, and he never did learn how to apologize.
The newest single from Future's Honest, which is out April 22 via A1/Freebandz/Epic, "I Won" now has its own video. The video features a mostly black and white beach setting, equipped with some swimsuit models and West and Future dressed in all white. Check out the video below.
While not much is known about Kanye West's new album, one little tidbit has crept to the surface. In an interview with Self-Titled, producer Evian Christ, who was part of the team that worked on last year's Yeezus, had a few things to say about the upcoming record.
Atmosphere have shared a song titled "Kanye West". No, you did not read that incorrectly. The track is off their upcoming album, Southsiders, which is due out on May 6 via Rhymesayers. The duo have also announced a pair of record release shows, in New York and Los Angeles, in addition to a previously revealed tour. Check out the track's artwork and the track itself below.
About a year ago, Kanye West called James Blake his "favorite artist". Now, in an interview with Rolling Stone, West has invited Blake to collaborate in the studio.
Bonnaroo has officially, during a live broadcast, announced this year's lineup. The festival, which takes place from June 12-15 in Manchester, Tennessee, will feature such major acts as Kanye West, Jack White, and Elton John and loads more. Kanye West's involvement is particularly surprising given his last performance and his relatively poor reputation with festival-goers. Tickets go on sale February 22 and can be purchased here.
The College Dropout is a carefully built house of cards. Paul Thompson picks apart the jokers.
Kanye West is the latest to remix Beyoncé and Jay-Z's "Drunk In Love". The track is fully of sexually explicit details: “I ain’t no pastor, don’t do missionary / I know good pu**y when I see it, I’m a visionary.” Check out the remix and the original below.
Her, directed by Spike Joneze, features a guitar duet between Joaquin Phoenix and his OS love interested, titled "Moon Song". The duet was then transformed into a solo studio version by Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O, who co-wrote the track with Jonze. According to Rolling Stone, there's a new version of the song that features Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig as well, which is expected to be part of a three-song Moon Song EP that's coming to iTunes later the week.
Rick Ross has released the tracklist for his upcoming album Mastermind, which is due out March 4 via Def Jam. The 16-track LP enlists varioys hip-hop heavyweights, such as Kanye West, Jay-Z, The Weekend, Lil Wayne, and a few others. The record is co-executive produced by Sean "Diddy" Combs and Rick Ross. Check out the tracklist and Ross and Jay-Z on "The Devil Is a Lie" below.
The Sasquatch! Music Festival is taking on a bit of a different look for it's 2014 festivals. Similar to that of Coachella, Sasquatch! will be operating on two different weeks, taking lace on Memorial Day weekend (May 23rd - 25th) and Fourth of July weekend (July 4th - 6th). Unlike Coachella, each of those weekends will feature an entirely different lineup. At a launch party in Seattle on Monday night, lineups for both weekends were revealed. Major acts include OutKast, The National, Neutral Milk Hotel, Frank Ocean, and Queens of the Stone Age.
Two of Chicago's most prevelant rappers are teaming up in the studio. It's not the first time though, as West and Keef have collaborated before on the Cruel Summer remix of "Don't Like" and for the Yeezus cut "Hold My Liquor". Now, courtesy of Fake Shore Drive, the two were spotted together with Interscope A&R Executive Vice President Larry Jackson. Word is that the two were working on Keef's upcoming mixtape Bang 3, which is due out March 3rd.
The UK’s annual Wireless Festival has unveiled its 2014 lineup and it may be the holy grail for hip-hop lovers. Festival-goers will get to witness Kanye West, Drake, and OutKast headline the festival, with Pharrell Williams, Chance the Rapper, Angel Haze, Earl Sweatshirt, Wiz Khalifa, and ASAP Ferg rounded out the rest of the lineup.
The legal battle between Kanye West and currency website Coinye, which bears West's likeness, continues. After having his lawyers send a cease-and-desist last week to the currency creators, West's filed documents in New York requesting that a judge that shut downs the sale of the currency, TMZ reports. Because the identities of Coinye's creators are still TBD, Kanye has requested an injunction against various companies that may potentially be behind the currency.
Coachella's 2014 lineup has officially been announced: OutKast will be the leading top act on Friday night, making it their first performance in over a decade. In addition, they'll be joined by Muse and Arcade Fire, who will headline Saturday and Sunday night, respectively. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival takes place over two weekends, April 11-13 and April 18-20. Tickets will be available through the festival’s website. General admissions passes cost $349.00, while VIP tickets are priced at $799.00.
As a prelude to her full-length follow up to 2011's On a Mission, British pop singer Katy B has released the video for her single, "Crying for No Reason". The single is off of her upcoming album, Little Red, which is expected to be released February 3.
Ponderosa Twins Plus One singer, Ricky Spicer, has sued Kanye West over the sample from "Bound 2", which is featured on Yeezus. The New York Daily News claims that Spicer has filed a copyright infringement suite against West.
Paul Thompson revisits Kanye West’s finest work.
Preceeding the release of his new album, My Name Is My Name, Pusha-T drops the video for "King Pusha", which is reportedly (confirmed via Def Jam) produced by Kanye West and Joaquin Pheonix. Check out the video below.
West proves again that his aesthetic innovations are in service of a singular viewpoint—and this time, it’s a confused one.