Kanye West's forthcoming seventh LP SWISH (formerly known as So Help Me God), doesn't have a release date and it seems like one isn't coming anytime soon. Pusha T, one of Kanye's closest collaborators who was recently named president of Kanye's label GOOD Music, recently gave an interview where he said even he doesn't know when the album is coming. Yeezy Season may or may not be approaching.
"Seventy-five percent of our lives is proving we're a real band," says Irwin. "We're getting good at it now. We don't want to just be, like, for girls. We want to be for everyone. That's the great mission that we have. I'm already seeing a few male fans start to pop up, and that's cool. If the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and all those guys can do it, we can do it, too."
Future is not shy about his love for lean, the Sprite and cough medicine mixture, going so far as to name his recent album DS2 (Dirty Sprite 2) for it. It seems like Robitussin might reciprocate, with a recent ad featuring a colorful cloud of germs bearing a striking resemblance to DS2's art. Check out the ad and the art in the replies to compare and let me know if maybe I'm seeing things.
Kendrick Lamar, who received some criticism for the lyrics on his To Pimp A Butterfly track "The Blacker The Berry" for hewing closely to respectability politics, has shed some more light on the line and clarified it in an interview with NPR. Lamar said "The message I’m sending to myself — I can’t change the world until I change myself first, for instance, when Chad [Keaton, a childhood friend,] was killed, I can’t disregard the emotion of me relapsing and feeling the same anger that I felt when I was 16, 17 — when I wanted the next family to hurt, because you made my family hurt. Them emotions were still running in me, thinking about him being slain like that. Whether I’m a rap star or...
At the crux of the suit is Lowery’s claim that Spotify has created a “$17 to $25 million reserve” to pay royalties to artists whose work it has streamed without licensing, but it hasn’t bothered to find those artists to make payment.
“Our argument is, we’re not that hard to track down,” Victor Krummenacher, a member of Camper Van Beethoven eligible to participate in the suit, told BuzzFeed News. “If [BuzzFeed] can track me down — and I’m not a principal in the suit — Spotify should be able to track us down to license our songs.”
But it’s more than a simple dialectic between art and commerce. Kendrick’s appearance on Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” remix mars any notion of false purity; Drake has surely written a sincere song or two that doesn’t try to turn a Hooters waitress into Helen of Troy. They’re ultimately wrestling for the throne of an art form with plenty of room for both to co-exist.
Motörhead's frontman, Lemmy Kilmister, has passed away at age 70. A full statement is expected to be released tomorrow. Rest in peace. "Only way to feel the noise is when it's good and loud".
Update: An official statement from the band can be read here.
There is no easy way to say this…our mighty, noble friend Lemmy passed away today after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer. He had learnt of the disease on December 26th, and was at home, sitting in front of his favorite video game from The Rainbow which had recently made it’s way down the street, with his family.
Vanna revealed last night that they will have a new album out next summer. They also strongly hinted that they'll be playing Warped Tour. We'll have a full review of the show (A Loss For Words' last) in the near future.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to be unstoppable. It is now the fastest film to cross the $1 billion mark globally, doing so in 12 days (previously held by Jurassic World with 13 days). It also broke the second weekend record by raking in $153.5 million, beating the previous record also held by Jurassic World, which did $106 million during its second weekend.
The Academy Is... has reunited for their Almost Here 10 year anniversary tour in which they are performing the album in its entirety. On the night after Christmas, the band was supported by PARTYBABY and Le Swish at The Observatory OC and gave a performance to remember. Check the replies for some of the highlights from the show!
Arrowhead have put one of my favorite albums of the year, A Collection of What You've Lost, up for pay-what-you-want on Bandcamp. Recommended for fans of The Saddest Landscape, Pianos Become the Teeth, Defeater and La Dispute.