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Kanye West Returns to Rape and Pillage Bonnaroo

Kanye West Returns to Rape and Pillage Bonnaroo

Bonnaroo’s 2014 lineup has just been revealed, with Kanye West, Elton John and Jack White taking center stage as the festival’s headliners.

Also set to appear at 2014′s event are notable acts Lionel Richie, Phoenix, Wiz Khalifa, Frank Ocean and Skrillex.

Kanye West’s headlining slot marks something of a milestone, after he headlined a set six years ago and was subject to some pretty vicious boos after rocking up onstage at around 4:30am several hours after he was scheduled to perform. He later blamed Pearl Jam (for running late, not just because they were the first words he could think of) and the length of time it takes to set up his stage. Admittedly, it’s not a great precedent to set, but the way the press have been talking about makes West look worse than someone who eats children. I’m sure he’s learned his lesson…Maybe. Either way, the slot marks West’s first festival announcement of the year, after he spent most of 2013 touring in support of Yeezus.

Elton John, meanwhile, will presumably be performing in support of his latest album, The Diving Board, which was released last September, and Jack White will be making his first performance at Bonnaroo since his day job as frontman of The White Stripes brought him there in 2007.

Also set to make appearances at this year’s festival are Vampire Weekend, Lauryn Hill, the Flaming Lips, Damon Albarn of Blur, Ice Cube, Cake and Mastodon.

As tradition dictates, Bonnaroo will also be playing host to multiple “Superjam” sessions, in which artists are paired up in order to improvise together. This year is set to feature another bluegrass Superjam with Ed Helm, a Superjam with “Skrillex & Friends,” and a mystery Superjam, the best kind of Superjam.

Bonnaroo will take place in Manchester, Tennessee from June 12th-15th.

Kanye West, CHVRCHES Part of Free Downloads on Google Play

Kanye West, CHVRCHES Part of Free Downloads on Google Play

It’s the end of 2013, and unless you’ve been alive for less than a year, you’re probably used to the annual end of year culture competitions. Google Play have been running their own, but this time, its users are the ones that benefit.

As part of Play Picks 2013, Play Music users can now download full albums from Kanye West and Chvrches for free. A selection of top tracks from other artists can also be downloaded for no charge along with discounted albums from Drake, Lorde, M.I.A, and Janelle Monae.

West’s Yeezus and Chvrches’ The Bones of What You Believe were selected as Play Music’s Album of the Year and Breakout Artist of the Year, respectively. Editor’s picks also make up a 20 track compilation of the year’s best music from the likes of Arcade Fire, Major Lazer, Rihanna, and more.

Other highlights of the sale include Pusha T’s My Name Is My Name, which has been knocked down to $3.99, and Katy Perry’s Prism and Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP, both of which are $5.99.

In fact, look, here’s Google’s complete list of picks for 2013:

1.)   Kanye West – “New Slaves” from the album Yeezus
2.)   Arcade Fire – “Reflektor” from the album of the same name
3.)   Drake – “Started From the Bottom” from the album Nothing Was the Same
4.)   CHVRCHES – “The Mother We Share” from the album The Bones of What You Believe
5.)   Anoushka Shankar  - “The Sun Won’t Set (feat. Norah Jones)” from the album Traces of You
6.)   DJ Koze – “Track ID Anyone? (feat. Caribou)” from the album Amygdala
7.)   M.I.A. – “Y.A.L.A.” from the album Matangi
8.)   Kacey Musgraves – “Merry Go ‘Round” from the album Same Trailer, Different Park
9.)   Disclosure – “When A Fire Starts to Burn” from the album Settle
10.) Cut Copy – “Free Your Mind” from the album of the same name
11. ) Steve Earle & The Dukes (& Duchesses) – “Burnin’ It Down” from the album The Low Highway
12.) Major Lazer – “Watch Out for This (Bumaye) [Daddy Yankee Remix] [feat. Busy Signal, The Flexican & FS Green]” from the album Watch Out for This (Bumaye) Remixes
13. ) Alter Bridge – “Addicted to Pain” from the album Fortress
14.) Rihanna – “Stay (Explicit)” from the album Unapologetic
15.) Breach – “Jack” from the album of the same name
16.) Robert Glasper Experiment  - “Calls (feat. Jill Scott)” from the album Black Radio 2 (Deluxe)
17.) Lana Del Rey – “Young and Beautiful” from the album Music From Baz Luhrmann’s Film The Great Gatsby
18.) Lil Wayne – “Rich As F–k (Explicit)” from the album I Am Not A Human Being II (Deluxe Version)
19.) Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Three Little Birds (Stephen Marley and Jason Bentley Remix)” from the album Legend Remixed
20.) The Dillinger Escape Plan – “One of Us Is the Killer” from the album of the same name

You can get your share of the sale here.

 

Kanye’s Yeezus Tour Hit By Postponements

Kanye’s Yeezus Tour Hit By Postponements

Bad news for Kanye fans – Kanye West has postponed several upcoming dates on his Yeezus tour after a truck carrying a 60-foot circular LED screen and custom-made video truss crashed, destroying the items.

West’s publicist issued the following statement:

“Yesterday, on the road to Vancouver, a truck carrying The Yeezus Tour’s custom-made video truss and 60-ft circular LED screen was in an accident that damaged the gear beyond repair.

This gear is central to the staging of The Yeezus Tour, and central to the creative vision put forth by Kanye West and his design team at DONDA.

As a result of this event, it is impossible to put on the show and The Yeezus Tour will be postponed until these essential pieces can be reengineered and refabricated.

Kanye West will not compromise on bringing the show, as it was originally envisioned and designed, to his fans.

The Vancouver, Denver and Minneapolis dates have been postponed. Further details on the affected tour dates will be announced shortly.”

The rapper recently had to postpone a show in Anaheim and since the truck crash incident, has now been forced to do the same for shows in Vancouver, Denver and Minneapolis, much to the presumable dismay of his ticket-holding fans.

The tour itself began in Seattle on October 19th. The stage at the 17,500-capacity Key Arena was partly covered by a giant mountain from which West delivered his litany of rapping prowess. At one point, the man himself was joined onstage by a Jesus Christ lookalike, and for a few tracks he was accompanied by a troupe of backing dancers. (Well, nobody ever said the man didn’t know how to put on a show!) The Yeezus tour is West’s first solo trek in five years, and is due to run until December 7th across North America. The rescheduled dates could push this date out possibly into 2014.

Kanye West Unveils the Yeezus Tour with Kendrick Lamar

Kanye West Unveils the Yeezus Tour with Kendrick Lamar

Kanye West has just announced a new tour in support of his latest album Yeezus, marking his first solo stint since 2008′s Glow in the Dark tour.

Well, to be honest, announcing is a strong word for what he did when all that really happened was West tweeted “TOUR” and attached a poster for said tour on Friday.

Either way, this will be the first chance many will have to see his newly anointed work in a live setting. The seven-week trek will see West visit 23 cities and is scheduled to kick off on October 19th in Seattle. After that, West is set to play shows in San Jose, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, Boston, Brooklyn, as well as three Canadian dates and many more US concerts, before finally wrapping proceedings up on December 7th at Houston’s Toyota Center.

Yeezus has done pretty disgustingly well, both commercially and critically, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in June, selling 327,000 copies in its first week and generally being mad critic fodder. Actually, all of West’s albums, except for debut The College Dropout have topped the charts one way or another, which is completely mental when you actually think about it.

Support will come from Kendrick Lamar on most dates, who told MTV News some really complimentary things about Kanye West and his latest album, Yeezus, shortly after it was released:

“It was hard for me to grasp it on the first take. I got it, but as I kept listening throughout the week, I understood where he was going and that was him stepping out of the box again and doing what he felt. And as an artist, we all need to take heat into that and salute that because, at the end of the day, it’s so much we can do following radio, following the politics in the business so for somebody to come back again and do what they want, it helps out new cats like myself, Cole, Drake, whoever, so salute.”

Kayne West Set to Tour Behind ‘Yeezus’

Kayne West Set to Tour Behind ‘Yeezus’

Kanye West has had a busy few days. His new baby is four days old and his new album, Yeezus, is one day old, but it looks like he’s already been looking into the future and will tour.

During a Reddit AMA yesterday, Yeezus producer Mike Dean was asked if there will be a tour for the album, and if he (Dean) would be a performer on the trek.

“Yes and yes,” came the reply, though he offered no further details about when the tour would happen or how extensive it will be. If it occurs this year, it will mark the first solo tour from West in five years, though he and Jay-Z did tour fairly extensively together for Watch the Throne.

Though he has had several concert appearances in the intervening years, including one two weekends ago at New York’s Governor’s Ball, he has failed to tour extensively for either of his past two solo releases: 2008’s 808s & Heartbreak and 2010’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

Dean also said that “Hold My Liquor” is “going to be great to play live.” That track, of course, is from the new album, which Billboard reports is on track to sell 500,000 copies during this first week of release. In addition to already proving to be commercially successful, the album has received nearly unanimous critical praise, as well, with Metacritic indicating the album has received “universal acclaim.”

While West worked with a large number of producers, special guests and other collaborators on the record, the only track actually listing a “featured” spot on the tracklist is “I Am God (featuring God).” So there’s that.

Other artists that reportedly appear on the album include John Legend, Kid Cudi, Frank Ocean, Mase and Daft Punk. The latter group produced four songs on the album. It is also reported that West brought in legendary beard-man Rick Rubin to help strip down the album just weeks before its release.

Guns n Roses Added as Headliner for Governors Ball

Guns n Roses Added as Headliner for Governors Ball

New York City’s Governors Ball already had two of the biggest headliners of this year’s festival season with Kanye West and Kings of Leon, but now Guns N’ Roses have signed on to make the lineup even more potent.

When the initial lineup for the festival was revealed at the end of January, the third headlining spot was coved by a black bar on the bill.

“We’re stoked to be performing at the Governors Ball!” said GNR frontman (and only remaining original member) Axl Rose in a statement. “We’re all really excited in GNR to be part of this festival, and with such talented and diverse acts in what looks to be a great weekend.”

The festival will be held at Randall’s Island Park in New York City on June 7-9. Other notable performers in the eclectic lineup include Avett Brothers, Nas, The Lumineers, Miguel, Of Monsters and Men, Dirty Projectors, Beach House, Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective, The xx and many more.

This will be the third installment of the festival, and the first time it has been held over three days. The first event was a one-day show in 2011, and it expanded to two days last year. Organizers say this year’s festivities will be held in a more spacious site, offering expanded opportunities for art installations and a more extensive list of food vendors.

The date is the first announced U.S. date for GNR this year, which haven’t performed in the country since finishing up a residency at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas last fall.

The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year, but Rose failed to show up for the induction ceremony saying he was boycotting the event. Original members Slash, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler reunited, however, to perform classic GNR songs with Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy stepping into Rose’s place.

Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Nas Sign On for Governors Ball Festival

Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Nas Sign On for Governors Ball Festival

Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Nas and a mysterious “too be announced” artist will headline this year’s incarnation of New York City’s Governors Ball music festival.

In its third year, the festival will expand to three days this year and will be held June 7-9. This is up from two days last year and one day during the festival’s inaugural year in 2011. The event will once again be held on New York’s Randall’s Island.

A ton of other notable artists also will appear at the festival, including the Avett Brothers, Grizzly Bear, The xx, Beach House, The Lumineers, Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, Animal Collective, Feist, Azealia Banks, Gary Clark Jr., Dirty Projectors, Japandroids, Beirut, Alt-J, Of Monsters and Men, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes.

Also notable, the festival will mark the first time Kanye West has played a solo show in New York City since 2008.

The event will feature games including ping pong and a life-sized Connect 4. Thankfully, there will be eight water refill stations on the grounds.

Tickets are only sold as three-day packages, and range from $190-$220 per person depending on when you buy. Two VIP packages also are available.

The VIP 3-Day Regular package includes access to the concerts, a special viewing area, access to VIP lounges and bars and air conditioned restroom facilities. The package runs $470. The Super VIP 3-Day pass costs $1,500 per person, and includes everything in the regular VIP package plus car service to and from the festival, on-site concierge, side-stage viewing area for most access, vendor food tokens and a merchandise package.

Guests also have the option of choosing from three different transportation options. The least expensive is a three-day Manhattan Ferry at $45, then a three-day Brooklyn Shuttle is $55, while it costs $65 for a three-day parking pass on Randall’s Island.

Kanye West Lines Up Three Nights in Atlantic City’s Ovation Hall

Kanye West Lines Up Three Nights in Atlantic City’s Ovation Hall

Kanye West will undertake a three-night residency at the Revel Ovation Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. right before New Year’s Eve this year.

The dates will be December 28-30, and will mark the second time West has performed at the Revel Resort’s Ovation Hall this year. He also performed two sold out shows in July at the resort and casino that opened earlier this year.

BrooklynVegan.com points out that the timing of the dates means that Jay-Z may be available all three of these nights, as he doesn’t have a concert scheduled until his New Year’s Eve show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn with Coldplay. West would theoretically be available to appear at that gig, though no official announcement has been released about any guest appearances.

Jay-Z and West, of course, worked together on last year’s Watch the Throne album, and toured together earlier this year.

West also has a couple of additional December dates scheduled, including a benefit for Hurricane Sandy that will take place December 12 at Madison Square Garden. The event also will feature Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, the Who, Alicia Keys and more.

Just prior to that show, West will appear at the UR1 Festival in Miami, which is held December 8-9. Though West hasn’t put out a solo album this year, he did release “Cruel Summer,” an album made by the artists on his G.O.O.D. music label. The record was released in September of this year, and West appears on eight of the 12 tracks.

The Philadelphia Inquirer points out that Revel has seen disappointing revenues since it opened its doors on Memorial Day Weekend of this year. The resort celebrated the opening with a four-night residency by Beyonce. The paper reports that Hurricane Sandy’s damage to the Jersey Shore also has contributed to hotel’s struggles.

 

Kanye West, Lou Reed, Keane Sign On for UR1 Festival

Kanye West, Lou Reed, Keane Sign On for UR1 Festival

In one of the most eclectic festival headline announcements of the year, Kanye West, Lou Read and Keane will be the big names at the first ever UR1 Festival in Miami.

The festival will be held December 8-9 at Miami’s Bayfront Park as part of the 11th Annual Art Basel Miami Beach, a contemporary art fair.

Other notable artists that have already signed on to appear at the festival include The Offspring, Cocoon Heroes, Erick Morillo and Bob Sinclair. The event will feature multiple stages, so it is fairly safe to say we can expect additional lineup announcements in the future.

Here’s how the festival’s official website describes the event:

A World Class Signature Festival blending your favorite artists in the world through multiple genres of Music, Art & Live Performances.

We have entered a new decade. A decade where technology has closed the gap between countries, cultures, thoughts, ideas and discovery of music. In these times there needs to be a positive celebration that unites all different genres of music under one banner.

This is UR1. This new festival is designed with a purpose to unite people as one through Art & Sound – the world as 1.

A press release says that the festival stands to “become one of the biggest and most diverse festivals in North America… UR1 Festival will feature multi-genre talent, including Electronic, Rock, Hip-Hop and Alternative music; on five stages throughout the 32-acre waterfront property. The event promises to be a 4D experience; incorporating art installations by some of the most creative artists and musicians in the world and looks to raise the bar of what a true music and arts festival can be.”

The original Arts Basel fair is held in Switzerland, and the Miami version opened as a sister exhibition to that fair in 2002.

Kanye West Goes Solo at Atlantic City’s Ovation Hall July 6-7

Kanye West Goes Solo at Atlantic City’s Ovation Hall July 6-7

Following in the footsteps of his good friend Beyonce, Kanye West has announced a two-night stand at Atlantic City’s Revel Resort.

West hasn’t performed any solo shows since he’s been out on tour with Beyonce’s husband Jay-Z doing the final promotion for last year’s Watch the Throne collaboration. The two had been touring Europe as recently as last month, and it looks like its time for West to go out on his own once again.

The shows will take place  July 6 and 7 at the Revel Resort and Casino’s state-of-the-art Ovation Hall. Beyonce helped open the room with a four-night stand over Memorial Day Weekend last month. The shows also marked Beyonce’s return to performing – though her hiatus was because of the birth of her first child, Blue Ivy Carter.

After finishing up the Watch the Throne Tour, West stayed in Europe to premiere his short film called “Cruel Summer” at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The screening wasn’t a part of the official schedule of the festival, but instead was shown at a special location set up by West. The film star’s fellow rapper Kid Cudi as a car thief who falls in love with an Arabian princess. West also has revealed that a compilation album by artists on his own G.O.O.D. record label will share the title of the film.

The album is being led by the West single “Mercy,” which features Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz. That song was released in April, and the album is expected to be released this summer. Also expected to make appearance on the album are artists including John Legend, Mos Def, Kid Cudi and Q-Tip.

The new solo shows are being billed as the first West solo show’s since his appearance at last year’s Coachella Festival.

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