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Watch Kanye West Play A Surprise Concert And Jump Into A Lake In Armenia

Kanye West is currently accompanying the Kardashians on a trip around their homeland of Armenia, and he put on a surprise concert earlier tonight at Swan Lake in the capital city of Yerevan. He got through six songs and then ended in epic fashion, jumping into the lake and encouraging his fans to follow suit. More »

By: James Rettig / April 12, 2015 - 6:25 pm

Kanye West – “Midas Touch”

A snippet of a new Kanye West song called “Midas Touch” has surfaced. It’s still clearly in demo form, but the track provides some insight into what So Help Me God could sound like. Or it could be a leftover from his recording sessions with Rihanna for her new record, considering that the track contai… More »

By: James Rettig / April 11, 2015 - 12:00 pm

Vic Mensa – “U Mad” (Feat. Kanye West)

Vic Mensa performed “U Mad” with Kanye West in London and previewed the studio version in a DJ set this week. The recording has made its way to Mensa’s SoundCloud this afternoon while Mensa was on stage at Coachella, and it appears to be a Mensa song featuring Kanye, not the other way around. Aesthetically… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 10, 2015 - 5:26 pm

Spike Lee Allegedly Wants Kanye West And Common For His Next Movie, Chiraq

Spike Lee is partnering with Amazon Studios to make a movie called Chiraq — presumably about Chicago’s heavily reported gun violence problem — and that in itself is intriguing. Even more so is the news, via The Wrap, that Lee is looking to cast Chicago natives Kanye West and Common in the movie alongside Samuel… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 10, 2015 - 10:42 am

Watch Bleachers Cover Kanye West’s “Only One” In Detroit

Last night during a livestreamed concert from Boston’s House Of Blues, Bleachers covered Kanye West’s “Only One.” An archive of that performance has yet to emerge, but it turns out Jack Antonoff’s band has been covering “Only One” at other dates on this tour, and at least one fan at St. Andrews Hall in Detroit… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 8, 2015 - 1:54 pm

Watch Kanye West Rap With His Late Mother In A Newly Surfaced Home Movie

Everytime Kanye West pays tribute to his late mother Donda West, as on the recent single “Only One,” it’s an absolute heartbreaker. But Kanye was making heartfelt songs about his mom when she was alive, too. “Hey Mama,” from Late Registration, took on a tragic context after Donda’s death, but it was plenty heartwrenching whe… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 7, 2015 - 12:36 pm

Preview Kanye West’s “U Mad” And Kendrick Lamar’s “All Day” Remix

Two sonic snippets related to Kanye West’s upcoming album So Help Me God appeared online last night. First: During a DJ set, Vic Mensa played a verse from the studio version of “U Mad,” the song Kanye and Mensa performed live in London. Second: There’s also a maddeningly brief preview of Kendrick Lamar rapping over… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 7, 2015 - 9:59 am

Kanye West Will Headline Power 106’s Powerhouse 2015

Kanye West will headline the 2015 edition of California radio station Power 106’s annual Powerhouse concert. The previously announced lineup includes Ty Dolla $ign, Ludacris, Tinashe, G-Eazy, Nipsey Hu$$le, Kid Ink, Casey Veggies, Logic, B.o.B. and Tech N9ne — so Kanye is far and away the biggest name on the bill. The concert will take… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 6, 2015 - 1:51 pm

Carnie Wilson Reveals How Wilson Phillips Ended Up On “FourFiveSeconds”

Somehow in the whirlwind that was the “FourFiveSeconds” drop we all missed an important tweet:

FUN FACT!!!!! Wilson Phillips singing backgrounds on the new Rihanna song #FourFiveSeconds #Total#Honor— Carnie Wilson (@CarnieWilson) February 10, 2015More »

By: Caitlin White / March 31, 2015 - 5:24 pm

Behold The Half-Assed Hubris Of Tidal

About three hours after the conclusion of yesterday’s titanic Tidal announcement, Billboard posted a story called “8 Things We Found on Jay Z’s Tidal Streaming Service.” Those eight things were:… More »

By: Michael Nelson / March 31, 2015 - 12:58 pm

Justin Bieber Is Working With Kanye West And Rick Rubin On His New Album

The newly long-haired Justin Bieber’s roast aired on Comedy Central last night, which occasioned a USA Today profile that revealed this fascinating tidbit: Bieber is working with Kanye West and Rick Rubin, the braintrust behind Kanye’s abrasive, art-damaged freakout Yeezus. “I’m finishing up the album now, working with Kanye and Rick,” Bieber said. “I’m not… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 31, 2015 - 12:34 pm

Tidal Owners Including Jay Z, Arcade Fire, Daft Punk, Kanye West, Jack White, & Madonna Share The Stage At Launch Event

Jay Z bought the Swedish company Aspiro’s streaming music service Tidal less than a month ago, but that didn’t stop him from rolling out his rebranded product today with lots of fanfare from his famous friends. Rumors before the 5PM livestream suggested that Jay’s newfangled Tidal would be launched with exclusive content from many of… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 30, 2015 - 5:27 pm

Deputy Says He Produced “90-95%” Of “Bitch Better Have My Money”

Rihanna unveiled her dark, swaggering new single “Bitch Better Have My Money” last week, and it’s already inspired plenty of discussion. But the person who might have the most interesting insight into the track — aside from Rihanna herself — is fast-rising producer Deputy, who spoke with Fader about the story behind the track. More »

By: Caitlin White / March 30, 2015 - 2:31 pm

See Jack White, Daft Punk, Kanye West, Madonna, & More Looking Serious In A Promo For Jay Z’s Tidal

Jay Z is not playing with his big rollout of the streaming service Tidal. After many big stars tweeted their support last night, those same stars have shown up in a new 30-second spot for the service’s big relaunch today. In the ad, we see a collection of luminaries — Jay, Kanye West, Beyoncé, Jack… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 30, 2015 - 12:15 pm

Jay Z’s Tidal Streaming Service Launches With Blue Avatars From Kanye West, Arcade Fire, Daft Punk, Third Man, & Others

Jay Z wants you to know that Tidal, the Scandinavian high-fidelity streaming service that he bought earlier this month, is a big deal. So he didn’t just get some of music’s biggest stars to tweet about the service’s big relaunch, which is happening today. He got them all to change their social media avatars (o… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 30, 2015 - 9:06 am

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 singles. The… More »

By: James Rettig / March 26, 2015 - 12:10 pm

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 - 10:39 am

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 - 9:59 am

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 shows. More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 19, 2015 - 1:58 pm

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) has started anMore »

By: Tom Breihan / March 17, 2015 - 2:30 pm
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