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Rihanna – “Bitch Better Have My Money”

Rihanna's followed up "FourFiveSeconds" with the second single from her upcoming eighth studio album. It's called "Bitch Better Have My Money," a reference to the 1991 AMG album (and song) of the same name. On first listen, it sounds like a pretty decent bop from an artist that's brought us 11 #1 hit… More »

By: James Rettig / March 26, 2015

The Week In Pop: What’s Next For Zayn Malik, One Direction, And The World?

Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction was announced the only way it could be in 2015, via an official statement on the group's Facebook page. (I suppose a series of Snapchats would also have been appropriate.) The crucial sentence and obvious pullquote is this: "I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 26, 2015

Wale – “The Summer League” (Feat. Kanye West & Ty Dolla $ign)

We at Stereogum don't make a big point of posting new Wale songs, mostly because fuck Wale. But when Wale gets Kanye West on a song? Different story. Wale's new album The Album About Nothing is set to arrive at the end of the month, and on "The Summer League," Kanye and his recent consigliere… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 23, 2015

The Week In Pop: Sam Hunt Brings Hip-Hop-Informed Country To SXSW

It's gotten to where you can't read about Sam Hunt without reading about Drake. Hunt -- a former college football quarterback and philosophy major turned rising country star -- makes the connection explicit, morphing his own melancholy bro-country chestnut "Single For The Summer" into a cover of Drake's drunk-dial lament "Marvins Room" during live… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 19, 2015

British Fans Petition To Keep Kanye West From Headlining Glastonbury

Yesterday, we learned that Kanye West would headline UK's massive Glastonbury Festival this summer, joining already-announced acts Foo Fighters and Lionel Richie. This apparently doesn't sit so well with a few thousand potential attendees. As NME points out, a British fan named Lonsdale (who has, he admits, never actually been to Glastonbury) ha… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 17, 2015

The-Dream Explains How Jay Z’s “Holy Grail” Inspired Half Of Watch The Throne

Super-producer The-Dream is the latest artist to be recruited by Genius to annotate some of his biggest hits. His list of annotations is pretty extensive, covering his solo work and the songs he's produced for Beyoncé, Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Justin Bieber, and more, plus some of them even include a back-and-forth between him and… More »

By: James Rettig / March 17, 2015

Kanye West Will Headline Glastonbury 2015

Glastonbury, the UK's most storied music festival, announced Foo Fighters as a 2015 headliner back in February, and now they've announced another: Kanye West. A statement on Glastonbury's site reads: "We're very excited to reveal that Kanye West will headline the Saturday night of this year's Glastonbury Festival. This will be the rapper'… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 16, 2015

Watch Barack Obama And Jimmy Kimmel Chat About Kanye West, Who’ll Be At SXSW

Last night, Barack Obama appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live. In addition to the sure-to-go-viral Presidential Mean Tweets segment, Obama also sat down for an interview where he addressed his relationship with Kanye West. During a lecture at Oxford earlier this month, West noted that the President "calls the home phone," but Obama disputed… More »

By: James Rettig / March 13, 2015

The Week In Pop: Zedd And Selena Gomez Bleed The Same Light

"I want you to know that it's our time/ You and me bleed the same light." That intuitive nonsense is the hook from "I Want You To Know," the new single from German-Russian DJ-producer Zedd and Mexican-American singer-actress Selena Gomez. Zedd (born Anton Igorevich Zaslavski) is an ascendant superstar in the vein of Calvin Harri… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 12, 2015

Portland Metal Band Is Pissed That Kanye’s Using The Same 800-Year-Old Religious Symbol As Them

When Kanye West cryptically dropped the name of his forthcoming album, So Help Me God, on Twitter last week, it was accompanied by equally mystifying artwork. At the time we noted the diamond embellished with lowercase m's at the corners originated as a 13th century monastic symbol for the Virgin Mary. Some people bega… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / March 12, 2015

Kanye West Made A Zine

Admittedly, we are working with a very loose definition of the term "zine" here. But as Pitchfork points out, Kanye West and the photographer Jackie Nickerson have teamed up for some form of online publication called Season. They're calling it a zine, and Factsheet Five isn't around to set them straight anymore, so… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 11, 2015

Kanye West – “Awesome”

"Awesome," Kanye West's long-rumored love ballad for his wife, Kim Kardashian, has emerged online. And although I wouldn't describe it as awesome per se -- in fact, I really hope it won't be on So Help Me God -- it is at the very least awesomely entertaining. Good luck keeping track of all the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 11, 2015

Watch Kanye West & John Legend Perform An Early Version Of “Gold Digger” In Unearthed 2003 Video

In late 2003, Kanye West performed an early version of "Gold Digger" for an audience at something called the 2nd Annual Dynamic Producer Conference. It was a few months before The College Dropout was released, and almost two years until it showed up on Late Registration, but the bare bones of the song are apparent,… More »

By: James Rettig / March 10, 2015

A-Trak Shares Stories Behind Kanye West’s “Gold Digger,” “Stronger,” & “RoboCop”

Genius has been on point with their verified annotations recently, with Rick Rubin, Grizzly Bear, and Michael Chabon all contributing some notes on tracks they worked on or had a special interest in. Their next get is Fool's Gold founder A-Trak, who added his two cents on a number of tracks, including… More »

By: James Rettig / March 10, 2015

Watch A Preview Of Kanye West’s “All Day” Video

During the first night of his four-night Paris residency, Kanye West debuted the video for his new single "All Day," which was directed by 12 Years A Slave's Steve McQueen. The full video hasn't surfaced yet, but it features some super close-ups of Kanye rapping in what looks like an abandoned warehouse. Watch some… More »

By: James Rettig / March 7, 2015

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Despite David Crosby's protestations regarding Kanye West's talent, Yeezy undoubtedly made one of the 5 Best Songs Of The Week. Again. So did Courtney Barnett and Chromatics, who've both made appearances on this list in the past month, and Kelela, who popped up about a year ago. And then, of course, there's Carly… More »

By: Stereogum / March 6, 2015

Madonna Will Appear On Kanye West’s So Help Me God And Is Working With Drake

We already knew Kanye West was involved with Madonna's new album Rebel Heart, but now it turns out she'll be on Kanye's So Help Me God too. Madonna shared that tidbit with Complex along with news that has plans to collaborate with Drake: "We're gonna work together. Yeah, baby, it's in the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 6, 2015

Kanye West Announces 4-Night Paris Residency Starting Tomorrow

Kanye West loves high-fashion bag designer Louis Vuitton, so much so that one of the earliest nicknames he gave himself was "the Louis Vuitton don." West also loves Paris; he's spent much of the past five years recording/partying/designing/balling so hard in the French capital. So he must be pretty stoked to play a four-night… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 6, 2015

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Most of us have better video-watching experiences by falling into YouTube wormholes than we do by keeping up with new music videos as they come out. So with that in mind, let me start off this week's column by introducing you to one. Kelefa Sanneh's great New Yorker article about New York hardcore led me… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 6, 2015

David Crosby On Kanye West: “He’s An Idiot And A Poser”

How many more old white dudes are gonna say Kanye West doesn't have any talent? Say what you want about his ego, his spontaneous, unruly public persona or even his wife (although I love you Kim), but pretending like he's not talented is starting to feel like the last refuge of scoundrels. (Especially scoundrels More »

By: Caitlin White / March 5, 2015
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