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Kanye West makes surprise appearance on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' -- PHOTO

Looking at the photo above, you’re probably thinking the same thing we are: How has this not already happened?! But it’s true. Kanye West made his very first appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight, performing his song “Bound 2″ off his latest album Yeezus. 
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Kanye West and Jay Z each announce separate tours

Kanye West, who hasn’t gone on a solo tour since 2008, announced this morning that he’ll embark on The Yeezus Tour, a 23 city North American trek kicking off October 19 in Seattle (the same place West launched his Glow In the Dark tour back in ’08—Yeezy must really dig the Space Needle).

He’s bringing along summer festival VIP Kendrick Lamar as his opening act. Tickets go on sale next Friday, September 13 in most cities, and you can check out all of the dates and venues at the bottom of this post. And if you see your city listed — um, no return dates for you, Kazakhstan — be sure to let your local French bakery know when Kanye is coming; as we know, dude can be pretty demanding.

Not to be outdone, Jay Z also announced a new tour this morning. Jigga’s Magna Carter World Tour finally has its North American bookings, which will begin in St. Paul, Minnesota on November 30 (hope he’s packing a parka). The 34 date run will take him through the new year and includes a pair of stops at his home court in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on January 12 and 13. Tickets go on sale Thursday, September 12, and the entirety of Jay’s run is below as well.

So the two biggest hip-hop acts in America are going on separate tours, hitting many of the same cities. Let’s assume that the tickets will be impossibly expensive (because let’s face it, most all concert tickets are impossibly expensive), and you can only afford to go to one this fall. Which one do you choose? Let us know in the comments.

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Kanye West's dark, interactive 'Black Skinhead' video finally arrives

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A few weeks ago, an unfinished version of Kanye West’s video for “Black Skinhead” hit the Internet, and nobody knew what to think. Was it real? Was it incomplete? It turned out the answers to those questions were “Yes” and “Yes.”

Having finally gotten over the heartbreak of the leak, West has now pulled back the curtain on the finished version of “Black Skinhead.” The video was directed by Nick Knight (the British fashion photographer who also directed Lady Gaga’s unicorn-centric “Born This Way” clip and who also helmed that “New Slaves” video that was projected onto the sides of buildings), and it is designed to be a fully interactive experience — you can speed it up, slow it down, and capture images from it, which West hopes leads to a proliferation of images from the video on all Facebook pages everywhere.

Perhaps the most impressive element of the “Black Skinhead” experience is the middle-fingered cursor, which was an element my freshman year roommate added to his then-state-of-the-art computer to make it more “edgy.” (Did that overhaul also include a ton of quotes from the South Park movie? You better believe it did.)

Anyway, you can experience the madness of “Black Skinhead” (which, admittedly, looks pretty awesome) over at Kanye West’s official site. It’s impressive, though honestly it’s not nearly as good a promotional clip for “Black Skinhead” as the trailer for The Wolf of Wall Street. Could the “Black Skinhead” video be the thing that gives Yeezus a second life? And now that everybody has spent some time with it, what’s the final verdict? Sound off in the comments.

(Or, if you’d rather debate something else, just consider Kanye’s latest proposition. Never change, Kanye.)

Read More on EW.com:
Album Review: Kanye West, Yeezus
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Album sales: Wale tops chart, Kanye West sees ‘Yeezus’ fall big
Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’ gets a single after all: ‘Black Skinhead’ heading to radio

Album sales: J. Cole rises to No. 1, outsells Kanye West

When no one was watching, J. Cole stole the throne: The Roc Nation rapper’s Born Sinner has not only crept up to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, but it’s also outselling Kanye West’s Yeezus.

J. Cole’s latest first charted three weeks ago, where it debuted at No. 2 behind West. But Sinnger has since taken advantage of a relatively slow month in music (remember, Wale was the last week’s No. 1) and become the rare album to top the chart without debuting there. As Soundscan reports, the album sold 58,000 copies in the last frame, which Billboard points out is “the sixth-smallest sales week for the top-selling album in the SoundScan era.” Still, that brings its total sales to 439,000, while Yeezus — which debuted the same day and currently sits at No. 3 — has only mustered 431,000 in sales to date.

Meanwhile, stuck in the middle of all this is Wale’s The Gifted, which fell from the top spot to No. 2, with 50,000. Of course, all these rappers will have to clear the way for Jay-Z, whose Magna Carta Holy Grail will register next week. Current projections have that landing in the 350-400,000 range, even though everyone knows it’s already platinum anyway.

Album sales: Wale tops chart, Kanye West sees 'Yeezus' fall big

Perhaps it’s fitting that during the Fourth of July holiday, the chart’s top album hails from our nation’s capital: D.C. rapper Wale snagged his first ever No. 1 this week with The Gifted, which debuted with 158,000 in sales.

And while that marks a career-high chart position for the wordy rhymesman, it’s actually a slip sales-wise from his last effort, 2011’s Ambition, which sold 164,000 when it landed at No. 2 in its debut week.

Speaking of slips: last week’s chart-topper, Kanye West’s Yeezus, suffered a steep drop, falling to No. 3 with 65,000 — an 80% drop. As the number-crunchers at Billboard report, all the previous No. 1 albums this year experienced a second-week drop of 69% on average.

And according to Soundscan, Yeezus‘ fall is the fourth-biggest since the service started keeping records in 1991. (The record, if you’re curious, belongs to Madonna’s MDNA, which fell 87% percent after its debut week last year.)

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Kanye West's 'Yeezus' gets a single after all: 'Black Skinhead' heading to radio

During a performance earlier this month, Kanye West made it very clear that he doesn’t care whether his music is on the radio. But after his latest album, Yeezus, bowed last week with the lowest first-week numbers of his career, it looks like someone has had a change of heart (or, more likely, the label got its way).

Billboard reports that “Black Skinhead” will be the first single from West’s fifth solo album, with a clean radio version and a music video likely to arrive in time for the Fourth of July.

So far, promotion for Yeezus has been limited to West’s few appearances on TV (SNL) and in person (Adult Swim’s upfront and New York’s Governors Ball festival), as well as a handful of cryptic short films projected onto the sides of buildings across the country. During his Governors Ball performance, West explained why he didn’t feel the need to pimp his new project.
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Kanye West's 'Yeezus' tops chart, though he doesn't beat his own sales record

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Looks like Kanye West’s no-radio strategy has paid off: Yeezus has landed on the top of the Billboard albums chart, with 327,000 copies sold in its debut week.

For some historical context, that’s the biggest week for a rap album since 2011, when Drake moved 631,000 units of Take Care.

As for West’s own discography, Yeezus marks the rapper’s sixth consecutive album (Watch the Throne included) to premiere at No. 1; only his very first album, 2004’s The College Dropout, debuted outside the top spot (it bowed at No. 2). It’s also his lowest selling debut week: his last solo record, the 2010 opus My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, topped the chart with 496,000 in its first week.

Still, Yeezus‘ performance was strong enough to make it the year’s third-highest sales week for an album, bested only by Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience (968,000) and Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories (339,000).

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Here's a list of proper nouns from Kanye West's 'W' magazine profile

Hot on the heels of Kanye West’s recent babies — Yeezus and North, both about a week old — W magazine has put their Kanye cover story online.

It’s a good read but also a long one, and you’re at work! So, until you have time to properly ingest the article (which you should), we’ve compiled a list of all the proper nouns* featured in the profile. Because how better to judge West than by itemizing his current favorite architects (Le Corbusier), cultural heroes (the Soup Nazi), and champagne-flute makers (Baccarat)?

Read on for the list, including helpful annotations when needed:

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Kanye West turns Scott Disick into an 'American Psycho' for 'Yeezus' short film -- VIDEO

Just because Kanye West is a new dad doesn’t mean he’s forgotten about his other creation coming out this week: Promotion for West’s Yeezus album continued Saturday with a listening party in Los Angeles and another short film projected onto buildings across the country.

Rumors about the film swirled last week, and they turned out to be (frighteningly) true: West cast Kourtney Kardashian baby-daddy Scott Disick as Patrick Bateman from American Psycho, with another Kardashian regular, Jonathan Cheban, playing the Jared Leto to Disick’s Christian Bale. The pair re-create the movie’s infamous Huey Lewis scene, but this time, they’re discussing how Kanye’s earlier stuff was “too hip-hop,” as the Yeezus track “New Slaves” plays in the background.

Check it out in the video below:
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Kanye West's 'Yeezus': It's out there, so what do you think?

He may be a God, but even He can’t beat the Internet.

Though it doesn’t come out in stores until Tuesday, Kanye West’s hotly-anticipated Yeezus has found its way onto the Interwebs. Now that it’s out there in the universe, the great conversation can begin: Is this a dramatic departure for ‘Ye? How does it sit alongside his other work? Is it the angriest rap album of all time? Is it good?

After a handful of listens, a lot of what you’ve heard is true: It’s definitely aggro and raw, though those sounds tend to take up the album’s first half. The B-side, honestly, sounds a lot more like the Kanye we’re used to: Unfiltered, internal, and funny. In fact, that album-closing track “Bound 2″ is essentially a throwback tribute to the cats who dug College Dropout (at one point, he refers to the song as “prom s—“).

But what do you think? Sound off on Yeezus in the comments below, and stay tuned for the full in-depth review care of EW’s Ray Rahman coming Monday.

Read More on EW.com:
Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’ video teaser: Watch it here
The unbearable narcissism (and ‘complete awesomeness’) of Kanye’s big ‘Yeezus’ interview
Governors Ball, Day 3: Kanye West debuts new songs, disses radio, demands croissants
Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’ listening party last night in New York City: On the scene

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