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I don’t think you can call it the best anything, but the most important music-related moving images this week were the flood of cell-phone videos from outside Hot 97 Summer Jam, where police responded to a fight by closing the show’s doors and then firing tear gas into the crowd. This sort of story i… More »

In this era of ever-diminishing music sales, there are weeks when an album squeaks into the #1 spot because there’s no legitimate competition. This was not one of those weeks. Zac Brown Band’s Jekyll + Hyde forcefully seized the top spot, racking up 228,000 equivalent units — one of the best sales frames of the… More »

We’re very nearly a third of the way through 2015 already, and as legions of astute commenters have continually pointed out, it’s been a hell of a year for new music. The 5 Best Songs below prove it further. From all-star rap team-ups to massive return singles to adventurous covers and all the quiet, delicate… More »

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Watch Kanye West Do His Hits At Wango Tango 2015

Kanye West headlined 102.7 KIIS FM’s Wango Tango festival last night, alongside a lineup that included Justin Bieber, Calvin Harris, Nick Jonas, David Guetta, Sia, and a bunch of other big-name pop stars. Kris and Kendall Jenner were there to show support. He stuck to performing his bigger hits to appease the crowd, including “Jesu… More »

By: James Rettig / May 10, 2015 - 10:21 am

Kanye West Changes New Album Title To SWISH

Two months ago, Kanye West tweeted out that his upcoming new album would be called So Help Me God, and debuted what is presumably the cover art for the record. It seems as though he’s changed his mind: The new album is now apparently called SWISH according to a tweet he just sent out, and… More »

By: James Rettig / May 3, 2015 - 2:43 pm

Brandon Flowers Thinks No One Is Allowed To Criticize Kanye West

Brandon Flowers is bravely going where no man has gone before — criticizing Kanye West! Back in 2006 the Killers frontman said, “Kanye West makes me ill,” and in light of Ye’s current hyper-celebrity status, Rolling Stone obviously had to ask him about that comment. Here’s what he had to say about whether he stand… More »

By: Caitlin White / May 1, 2015 - 12:19 pm

Kanye West Performs At Time 100 Gala, Is Not Amused By Amy Schumer

Kanye West attended last night’s Time 100 Gala in New York City after recently being named by the magazine as one of the most influential people in the world. He was joined by his wife, Kim Kardashian, and their night got off to an eventful start as they were walking down the red carpet, where… More »

By: James Rettig / April 22, 2015 - 8:31 am

Kanye West Also Joined Stromae At Coachella

Whenever Kanye West shows up somewhere, it makes headlines. So obviously his appearance during the Weeknd’s set at Coachella was news. But Kanye also joined Belgian superstar Stromae during his set at the festival yesterday. I first heard about Stromae in spring of last year when one of my friends excitedly described how he wa… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 20, 2015 - 1:27 pm

Watch Kanye West’s Surprise Coachella Performance With The Weeknd

The second weekend of Coachella is not without its surprises, even though it’s typically received with much less fanfare than the first. For example, last night the Weeknd brought out special guest Kanye West during his set in what’s probably the biggest surprise appearance this year. (At least maybe until Drake’s set later tonight.) The… More »

By: James Rettig / April 19, 2015 - 1:23 pm

Mumford & Sons Frontman Learning How To “Chop Up Beats” For New Hip-Hop Project

It seems like Marcus Mumford is trying to reinvent himself a bit. The Mumford & Sons frontman rose to prominence for his band’s shambling folk anthems that soon wearied audiences with their cookie cutter similarities. Now that the group is on the cusp of releasing their decidedly electric third album Wilder Mind, the frontman ha… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 16, 2015 - 4:15 pm

Kanye West – “All Day (Remix Feat. Kendrick Lamar)”

A maddeningly short six-second snippet of Kendrick Lamar rapping over Kanye West’s “All Day” emerged last week, and now the full song is here. It’s basically the original “All Day” with Kendrick swapped in for Theophilus London (hooray!) and the wild meltdown from the end of the song chopped off (boo!). Allan Kingdom’s dancehall bit… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 15, 2015 - 4:30 pm

Hudson Mohawke: “The TNGHT Record Spawned Kind Of A Parody Genre”

In a recent interview with Pitchfork, Hudson Mohawke was fairly candid about his feelings regarding TNGHT, the production duo he formed with Lunice and then later disbanded. Their duo was widely regarded as almost revolutionary in its approach to beat-making and electronic production, but from Mohawke’s perspective, staying “cutting edge” wasn’t on his mind:… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 14, 2015 - 5:05 pm

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
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