(PCM) Yesterday, the internet was buzzing after Jay-Z held a bizarre celebrity-filled press conference to launch his new artist-run music subscription service called Tidal.
Jay-Z recently purchased the platform which is worth an estimated $56 million and will feature high quality audio and exclusive content that is owned by the actual artists. Jay-Z was joined at the press conference by artists such as Rihanna, Kanye West, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Jack White, Alicia Keys, Jason Aldean, Daft Punk, Arcade Fire and of course Jay-Z’s wife Beyonce. Both Calvin Harris and Chris Martin joined in via video conference.
Tidal, prides itself as being by the artist, for the artists and will cost the listener $20 per month. It was not so much the announcement of Tidal that was bizarre, it was just the behavior of the artists in attendance. They were all lined up on the stage appearing very cult-like and made a big to-do about signing an official declaration.
The worst was Alicia Keyes incredibly confusing speech that found her rambling about everything from Jimmi Hendrix to Nietzsche while giggling and humming “Pomp & Circumstance”, she appeared more intoxicated than serious. It didn’t help matters when Madonna threw her leg up on the podium, Usher made odd hand gestures and the rest of the celebrities just stood around the stage looking uncomfortable.
Almost abruptly the sound cut out and then it was over and Tidal was official born … at least we think. You can watch the full bizarre press conference below:
(PCM) It is no secret that rapper Kanye West was truly devastated by the loss of his mother Donta, who passed away suddenly back in 2007 due to complications from a cosmetic surgery procedure.
In addition to his latest musical tribute to his mother with the single “Only One” which features accompanying piano by the legendary Paul McCartney, West has now revealed that his he currently developing a video game in honor of his late mother as well.
When speaking with New York radio station Power 105.1 FM, West revealed details about the upcoming game saying, “The idea is, it’s my mother going through the gates of heaven and you have to bring her to the highest gates of heaven by holding her to the light.”. He went on to say that they’ve apparently been working on the game quite a bit over the past six months.
At this time there has been no official release date set for the game and no information about what sort of platform the game will be offered.
(PCM) We can all stop and thank the photoshop guru who was able to create the brilliant meme that has been making its’ way around social media which features musician Kanye West kissing none other than Kanye West himself.
Given Kanye’s recent outburst at the 2015 Grammy’s he has more than proven that his ego is totally out of control, so of course the internet is going to look for any way possible to knock him down a few pegs.
Of course the fact that the Kanye Kissing Kanye image is being touted on Reddit by the user that posted it as “Kanye wants this photo taken off the internet” is only adding to its’ viral buzz. In fact, according to several sources online, Kanye kissing Kanye is already a Google search term.
There has been no official word on whether or not Kanye has even seen the image, let alone requested that it be removed, but we can all hope it got under his skin just a little bit!
(PCM) Many would feel after the horribly embarrassing incident that Kanye West pulled on Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards by rudely interrupting her acceptance speech, she wouldn’t even give him the time of day, however it seems that now they have finally buried the hatchet.
Kanye revealed to Ryan Seacrest that the two will be collaborating in the studio and that Swift actually approached Kanye at the recent Grammy Awards ceremony to express interest in working together in the near future.
Keep in mind, Kanye also got himself into some hot water at the Grammy Awards this year, but nearly pulling a repeat of the Swift incident. He walked up on the stage during Beck’s big win for Album Of The Year as if he was going to protest.
He later made some very harsh comments about Beck and artistry during an after-show interview with E! News, however Kanye is now saying that those comments were taken out of context.
He told Seacrest “Beck is one of the nicest guys, and most respected musicians in the game. When I said that thing about respect artistry, I think it came off the wrong way and that was a mis-wording on my part. … Obviously Beck is one of the most respected artists, and respects artistry.”
That was definitely some very serious “mis-wording” on Kanye’s part, as he seemed pretty fired up about the incident if you view the interview. When he was asked why he felt the need to storm the stage yet again, he revealed “The voices in my head told me to go up”.
Umm … ok Kanye! Whatever you say!
So far there has been no comment from Taylor Swift officially confirming a collaboration.
(PCM) Many people reading the title of this article may think that I am saying that I don’t like Kanye or that I don’t have any respect for his musical contributions as a whole, however that couldn’t be further from the truth.
I actually love Kanye. I love that he is not afraid to be experimental with his music, always creating something that is very different and unique. I love that he will defend his art to the bitter end and doesn’t feel the need to have to justify it is anyone. He is one artist that you can never put into a box and he is single-handedly able to flip genre stereotypes right out the window.
However … he has absolutely no right to tell others what is and isn’t art. Yes, the man is certainly entitled to his opinion, but to go on national television and literally attempt to ruin someone’s glory is just plain wrong. Beck deserved that Grammy just as much as Beyonce if not more! To say that another artist’s hard work and dedication to their craft is not real music and that they should just hand over their award (and the prestige that goes along with it) is just insane.
I hate to break it to you Kanye, but you are not the be all end all of music appreciation. While I think Kanye is a phenomenal artist, I also happen to think that Beck is an equally phenomenal artist as well. Does that make me some kind of idiot? I don’t think so! Every genre of music has its’ fans and any good music critic is able to appreciate the differences between these genres and look at the ways in which these artists create music that makes us feel.
Did Beyonce release an amazing album? Absolutely. However it is worth nothing that when you really break things down, how much of that album did Beyonce actually write? Did she produce it? Did she play all the instruments? To say that Beck does not respect true artistry is absolutely ludicrous. Beck not only wrote all of the songs on “Morning Phase”, but he also played all of the instruments and even produced the album himself. If that is not some type of true artistry than I just do not know!
When Kanye walked up on the stage as Beck was accepting his award for Album Of The Year from Prince, many people thought based upon Kanye’s sly smile that he was only mocking the past incident where he stormed the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards and interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech, again claiming Beyonce should have won. Beck handled the situation way better than I would have and even asked him if he wanted to stay.
It later turned out that Kanye was not joking at all when he made his diss about Beck not respecting true artistry and that he should hand over the award to Beyonce during an interview at a Grammy after party with Entertainment Tonight. Beck even handled the diss with humility saying “I was just so excited he was coming up. West deserves to be on stage just as much as anybody. How many great records has he put out in the last five years, right?” He did not even take offence to Kanye’s comments saying “I thought she was going to win. Come on, she’s Beyonce! . . . You can’t please everybody, man. I still love [West] and think he’s genius. I aspire to do what he does.”
Has Kanye even listened to “Morning Phase”, I would be utterly shocked if the answer was yes. In the interview Kanye says that “We as musicians need to inspire people who go to work everyday and they listen to that Beyonce album and it takes them to another place”, however why could the same thing not be said about Beck? Maybe people are just as inspired by “Morning Phase”.
I certainly applaud Beck for taking the higher road, but there is still zero excuse for having they type of attitude Kanye does about another artists work, so I’ll stick with my initial reaction to the situation thinking ‘Seriously Kanye … mind your own business’!
(PCM) On New Year’s Day rapper Kanye West released his recent collaboration with the legendary Paul McCartney on a track titled “Only One”. While it was certainly exciting to learn that the two artists had teamed up together on a track, it was utterly depressing to learn just how little Kanye’s fan base knows about musical history.
Just after the track dropped social media began to explode with commentary from Kanye fans who said things like “Who is Paul McCartney”, “Kanye has a great ear for talent. This Paul McCartney guy is going to be huge” and my personal favorite “I don’t know who Paul McCartney is, but Kanye is going to give this man a career w/this new song”.
The commentary literally made me want to collectively backhand those individuals and go “Seriously! Do your homework. The man is a living legend … he is a freaking Beatle!!!” However upon further reflection I have come to the realization that I can not blame Kanye’s fans for not knowing someone they have never been exposed to or experienced.
I work in the music industry and am exposed to music from every possible genre imaginable and thanks to my mother, I grew up listening to and loving The Beatles. I ate up every bit of information I could find about them, however ask me the same questions about Kanye and I could probably only give you the very basics.
It saddens me that the upcoming generation of music fans will never experience some of the greats like McCartney and due to our incredibly fast-paced way of life many will never take the time to make an attempt to learn. If I want to know something about an artist old or new I will generally take the time to look them up to find out some answers. It is also probably a very bad idea to post your ignorance on social media as these Kanye fans are being skewered for their lack of knowledge in Music History 101. Word to the wise … Google can be your best friend in these types of situations to avoid looking like a complete and total moron.
Now, what people should really be talking about is the song itself. While it is a bit overdone on the auto-tune it is actually an incredibly heartwarming song that has Kanye focusing more on his softer side. It is beautifully written and definitely showcases his versatility as a musician. Check it out below: