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Governors Ball, Day 1: Lots of weather, some music, no Kings of Leon


The British have a lot of weird old traditions, but perhaps the most peculiar one is their annual insistence on hanging out in the rain and mud to listen to music. Every year, thousands of otherwise normal-seeming Britons convene in the farms and parks of Reading and Leeds with the knowledge that they and their loved ones have a high chance of getting soaked. And the sick part is, they seem to enjoy it.

From what I could tell, the majority of people at the opening day of the Governors Ball Festival on New York City’s Randall’s Island were not British, and did not enjoy it. Yet amid a relentless battery of heavy rains and high winds courtesy of Tropical Storm Andrea, the festival did its best to keep calm on and carry on by sticking to their schedule of artists, which included Erykah Badu, Local Natives, Young the Giant, Best Coast, and more. At a certain point, though, you gotta know when to call it, and the Gov Ball organizers were forced to cancel the party before the night’s headliners, Kings of Leon and Pretty Lights, had a chance to take the stage. (To make up for it, Kings of Leon is now scheduled to play this evening.)


Kanye West's 'New Slaves' snippet leaks: Hear it here


Hey, remember that time Kanye West debuted an incendiary new song called “New Slaves” on the sides of a bunch of buildings around the world?

Well, you no longer have to be at an intersection in Berlin — or watching Kanye’s live performance on Saturday Night Live — to hear the song with your own ears: a snippet of a studio version of the song has hit the web.

It’s only about 73 seconds long, which still makes it the largest amount of studio-version music the public has actually heard from his upcoming album Yeezus, due June 18. (Sensing a theme here?)

Give the NSFW songlet a listen below:


Kanye West projects new song onto buildings around the world

Once again, Kanye West proves he knows how to get everybody’s attention.

The singer is using a clever tactic to market his new single “New Slaves.” Kanye had a video performance of the song projected onto 66 buildings around the world at various times on Friday night. The video was spotted in cities such as New York, Toronto, Chicago, London, Paris and Berlin, according to Rolling Stone.

The move comes one week after going on a rant against the paparazzi and Saturday Night Live while performing, of all places, at a corporate gig for a cable TV network (the Adult Swim upfront party for ad buyers, to be exact),

Kayne’s sixth studio album is rumored to be released on June 18, though he has avoided directly confirming the release date.

Tonight he performs on Saturday Night Live. Somehow we suspect Kanye’s going to once again give us something to talk about (which you can do here).

Check out one of Kanye’s pop-up video marketing performance below: READ FULL STORY

Kanye West pulls a Kanye West, goes on lengthy rant against paparazzi, SNL skits, and more at Adult Swim upfront

Wishing you knew what’s on Kanye’s mind? You’re in luck!

During his one-hour performance at last night’s Adult Swim upfront presentation in New York’s Roseland Ballroom, the man who’ll be the musical guest on this weekend’s Saturday Night Live finale tore into a winding rant that included such gems as “I ain’t doing no mother—-ing SNL skits” and “I drop your baby and you sue me and sh–.”

The meat of his monologue, which Complex managed to grab videos of, had to do with West’s relationship with fame and the press. “I ain’t no motherf—-g celebrity,” he said in a plea to get the paparazzi off his back. “I ain’t running for office.”

Read on below for a fuller account of his rant (hat tip to Complex), as well as a grainy YouTube clip of the affair.


Did Kanye West just announce that his new album is coming out next month? Signs point to yes

Only Kanye West could tweet two words capable of shaking up everything we thought we knew about music, 2013, and life in general: “June Eighteen.”

That short missive is all that remains of ‘Ye’s once-boisterous Twitter feed. All of his prior tweets have been deleted, giving his cryptic message an extra-mysterious aura.

So what does it mean? Well, the obvious answer is that it could be the release date for his next album. West has been conspicuously absent from the spotlight while holing himself up in his studio in Paris all spring, fueling rumors that his follow-up to 2010’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy might be imminent.

Just this week, Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg claimed that Island Def Jam recently had a listening session for the album at their New York offices. “Everyone at the label that listened to the album loved it,” said Rosenberg. “I’ve heard it’s dark, but it’s really good.”

Also fanning the flames is Daft Punk’s recent Rolling Stone interview, where the French robots confirmed that they’d reteamed with West in the studio. “It was very raw,” Thomas Bangalter said. “He was rapping — kind of screaming primally, actually.”


Ray J's 'I Hit It First' has a video, definitely features a Kim Kardashian lookalike -- VIDEO

If you don’t think Ray J’s new single, “I Hit It First,” is about Kim Kardashian, then your name is Ray J — and you’re probably lying. In the new video, Brandy-the-younger spits some light boasting about sleeping with a woman who “might move on the rappers and ball players, but we all know I hit it first.” This woman is tanned, curvy, and wears a sleek-high ponytail. She looks like Kim Kardashian. Worst line: “No matter where she goes or who she knows/She still belongs in my bed.” Countdown to harder, better, faster, stronger Kanye response: Begun.


Kanye West sued for 'Gold Digger' sample

Everybody knows that “Gold Digger,” one of Kanye West’s biggest hits, is built around a sample of Ray Charles’ “I Got a Woman.” But according to a new lawsuit, there’s another sample in there not getting the credit it deserves.

Trena Steward and Lorenzo Pryor, two children of the late musician David Pryor, are suing West for damages because they claim “Gold Digger” borrows a sample of their father saying “get down,” which comes from his recording of the song “Bumpin’ Bus Stop,” which he recorded with his band Thunder & Lightning back in 1974.

The plaintiffs are asking for a judge to block future sales of “Gold Digger” and for “millions of dollars” in damages.

These things always feel spurious, especially when they arrive nearly a decade after the song in question went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Still, let’s go ahead and listen to both tracks before making any decisions. Spin “Gold Digger” and “Bumpin’ Bus Stop” below.  READ FULL STORY

Ray J debuts 'I Hit It First,' says song's not about Kim Kardashian: Hear it here

For the love of Ray J, what is his new song “I Hit It First” about exactly?

For a lot of people, it seems to be an obvious dig at his ex-girlfriend and sex-tape costar Kim Kardashian, currently pregnant with Kanye West’s baby. (Note to self: finish that soap opera spec script.)

But Brandy’s little brother took to Hot 97 this morning in an attempt to clear things up and avoid any potential beef with Yeezy and Co. “It’s a song, it’s not about that,” he told the radio station. “They just gotta keep it on the surface. I’m not trying to create no war, it’s all love; we’re doing music.”

Hmm. The music, in this case, includes lyrics like, “She might move on to rappers and ballplayers/But we all know I hit it first” and “If you were to come back to me, girl/We’ll make another movie” and  “I had her head going north and her a– goin’ south/But now baby chose to go west.” It doesn’t take a RapGenius page to figure out what Ray J might be alluding to here.

Listen to the song yourself with the player below and let us know your take on the matter:


Madonna had the top-grossing tour of 2012

Call it the Super Bowl bump?

Billboard has announced the list of the 2012’s top-grossing tours, and it looks like Madonna is at the top. Her Madgesty sold out all 72 of the shows she played this year, grossing a grand total of $228,406,085 over the year. Interestingly, her new album  MDNA only landed at No. 44 on the year-end Billboard 200 chart, moving 521,000 units in the U.S. as of December.

After Madonna on the top-grossing tours list is Bruce Springsteen, whose raked in just shy $200 million this year with his Wrecking Ball tour. (He did, however, beat Madonna in overall attendance by about 500,000 people. Like Madonna, he also played 72 shows.) Roger Waters came in third with roughly $186 million (and nearly 50,000 more in attendance than Madge). Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour by Cirque Du Soleil came in fourth place with about $147 million for the year, which just edged No. 5 Coldplay by roughly $100,000.


Bruce Springsteen, the Who, Billy Joel, and Beatlevana: On the scene at 12-12-12

Wednesday night’s 12-12-12 benefit concert for Sandy relief was an unqualified success: Before even a single note was played on stage at New York’s Madison Square Garden, more than $30 million had already been raised for the Robin Hood Foundation through ticket sales, merchandise, and corporate pledges.

As a charity event, 12-12-12 was a slam dunk. As a musical entertainment endeavor, it was more of a mixed bag, full of plenty of glorious, triumphant moments for sure, but also bloated with curious choices and inexplicable performances.

Bruce Springsteen had the honor of kicking the show off, beginning his band’s brief set with “Land of Hope and Dreams.” As Jersey’s greatest ambassador for well over three decades, Springsteen sweated and howled through the opener’s anthemic refrain, only to raise the stakes on “Wrecking Ball,” a defiant anthem of hope from the album of the same name.

“Wrecking Ball” started a running theme of transformation through out the night: Familiar songs became re-packaged and recontextualized, and themes of renewal and rebirth crept up during the finest performances. READ FULL STORY

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