Filed under: Exclusive , Spinner Says AP Forty-eight hours. That's the timespan during which I thought, like an embarrassingly naive music journalist, that the music industry finally realized teaser trailers and their promotional kin were worthless. And right now, I'm furious at Justin Timberlake . Why? Well, flashback to two days ago when David Bowie suddenly announced he was releasing his first new album in 10 years. The Thin White Duke didn't [...]
Filed under: Concerts and Tours , News , Awards Evan Agostini, AP NEW YORK (AP) - The Black Keys and fun. will make their debut on the Grammy stage next month. The Recording Academy announced Wednesday that the multiple Grammy nominees will perform at the awards, airing live on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 10. Nominees Mumford & Sons [...]
My inaugural (and final) trip ever to Atlantic City was leg one of a two-leg excursion where I spent the final two days of 2012 with members of the hip-hop duo The Throne. 'With' is a very loose term, of course - while Kanye was held up in the Penthouse of Atlantic City's opulent new Revel, I was sleeping over the covers in room 4016 of the grimy and dank Tropacana. Ye and I probably dined at the same restaurant - though not intentionally, as my ill compensated waiter can attest. And while the Revel was cutting Kanye a check [...]
And voila it's 2013. It seems like only yesterday Cloud Nothings' then new album Attack on Memory was fueling my jog through the cold, wintry streets of Chicago, yet today it's time to look ahead to another year brimming with anticipated releases. So, what does 2013 have in store? In the pages that follow, we've highlighted the 60 albums worthy of your excitement. Not all of them are a sure bet - ahem, Daft Punk, The Avalanches - but with names like Arcade Fire, Pearl Jam, Atoms For Peace, Earl Sweatshirt, Nick Cave, and The Knife, even [...]
Before there was "Ni**as in Paris," before Kanye 'dropped out of college' there was The Blueprint . Jay-Z's 2001 release wasn't just a double-platinum album. It ushered in the careers of some of today's biggest producers - Just Blaze , Kanye West - and let the world know the undeniable truth, if Jay ain't better than B.I.G. , he's the closest one. It isn't a matter of arrogance, it's a matter of fact. Unlike so many in the industry, Jay wasn't clamoring to captivating the hip-hop world with his 6th album, he was its undisputed [...]
Miike Snow - "Bavarian #1 (Say You Will)" Frank Ocean - "Pyramids" Kanye West, JAY Z & Big Sean - "Clique" A$AP Rocky - "Goldie" Usher - "Climax"
After sorting through the best songs and albums of 2012 (and figuring out who to watch in 2013), take an extended trip down memory lane and enjoy a recap of 2012 in pictures.
S.O.R.I is the new album from Hip-Hop/Rap artist Giano . With production from established producers Symbolyc One ( Beyoncé, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Babyface, Erykah Badu, etc), !llmind (50 Cent, Eminem, Redman,Scarface, LL Cool J, Talib Kweli) and Apollo Brown (OC, The Left, Onyx, Chino XL, D12) this album has the perfect blend of instrumentals for any artist to bring their thoughts to life. Giano is known for in-depth, intellectual lyrics over east coast/eclectic production and instrumentation. Giano ’s [...]
Welcome to the end of 2012. And possibly the world as a whole if you're so inclined to believe. Once again, we've taken the stray thoughts that fell through the cracks in our Annual Report and compiled them into one (hopefully) comedic list. As my esteemed colleague Jeremy Larson wrote last year , "Year-end summaries, lists, recaps, and reports are just study guides for an exam that’s never happening, you guys ." True, but by listing things and poking a little fun, we're doing our part to remind you that the music industry can be [...]
Madonna , Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band , and Roger Waters were named this year's highest grossing tours, as Billboard reports . The Material Girl sold out all 72 of her shows with a total attendance of 1,635,176 grossing $228,406,085, while Springsteen sold out 54 of his 72 shows with a higher total attendance of 2,165,925 and a final gross of $199,371,791. Waters, on the other hand, walled in 1,680,042 fans with 51 out of 72 sold out shows grossing $186,466,703. Other notable artists on the year-end list include Coldplay (No. 5), [...]
Madonna 's MDNA tour was the year's highest-grossing trek, according to Billboard . After 72 shows (all sell-outs) of ass-flashing , Gaga-hating and tumbling in front of 1.6 million fans, Madge raked in $228,406,085. Her rival Lady Gaga came in at #6 with $124,879,545 from her Born This Way Ball. Jay-Z and Kanye West 's Watch The Throne tour earned them $46,986,464 on just 31 shows, good [...]
DJ Shiftee has remained a respected DJ amongst bass heads and hip hop heads alike... for good reason. During a time where producers rule the clubs and DJ's are an afterthought, Shiftee is constantly not only pushing boundaries, but remolding them in a whole new way in true turntablist form. We've seen this in countless videos from his sponsors Native Instruments and Dubspot (where he teaches). For this video, he takes Salva and RL Grime's remix of Kanye and Jay-Z's "Mercy," into a 100 bpm beast of what could be recorded on the first take and be released [...]
Toute l'équipe de We Are The Mascotte vous a concocté une sélection des meilleurs clips de cette année 2012. Une année très chargée avec un record de vidéos publiées sur le mag, ce qui ne fut pas simple pour émettre un top 5 (6/7) mais nous espèrons que vous vous retrouverez dans nos choix, sinon n'hésitez pas à partager vos coups de coeur pour cette année. Un petit clin d'oeil à certaines vidéos qui on fait le buzz cette année sans que cela entre en jeu dans notre ligne éditoriale, mais un peu de LOL ca ne fait [...]
Instead of bitching about all the shit that was nominated (which I still think sucks donkey balls) I will talk about the positives of the nominations. The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will be presented to the artists on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at Staples Center (in Los Angeles). Here are my tops... Mr FRANK OCEAN was nominated for four (but really six); Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Best New Artist, & Best Urban Contemporary Album. [...]
There's absolutely no reason for reasonable human beings to attach anything more than minimal importance to the Grammys, arbitrary and out-of-touch as they are. Yet every year, we can’t seem [...] The post Frank Ocean, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Black Keys Lead Grammy Nominations appeared first on The Smoking Section .
Another Monday and to commemorate the crushing mundanity the day embodies with a most despairing inherence, we're back here divulging a further ten tracks from our 2012 ranking. Our previous instalment took in a Fuck Button, the irrefutably inimitable Bobby Womack, and a lo-res JPG of a cat in a box . This one, meanwhile, clicks through a smattering of woebegone London lo-fi, a couple snared from the Captured Tracks roster, the inevitable Hot Chip entry, and something ever so slightly special from Sam Willis who was once, all in all, just another [...]
Comme chaque année, il est temps de faire le point sur toutes les sorties musicales et de rassembler tous nos coups de coeur dans une petite dizaine de Best-Of . Découvrez pendant tout le mois de Décembre les sélections d'une partie des membres de WATM Magazine , travaillant sur le site ou dans l'ombre du projet, avec dès maintenant le Best-Of des morceaux qui nous ont le plus marqués, envoutés ou mieux encore totalement électrisés en 2012. Gabriel : 1. Kölsch - GoldFisch 2. N'to - Jane 3. Pleasurekraft [...]
Did You Hear? :: Gotye 's smash hit "Somebody That I Used To Know" was the most-streamed song of 2012 based on Spotify's global numbers. He beat out Carly Rae Jepsen 's "Call Me Maybe," with fun. 's "We Are Young" in third. As for album streams, David Guetta 's Nothing But The Beat came out on top, followed by Gotye's Making Mirrors and Drake [...]
If we're to believe Forbes - and why not, we do every year - Dr. Dre is 20122s highest paid musician. Your father's favorite publication released their annual list today and the West coast rapper claims the throne with $110 million dollars. For those that think that number's solely from his two Coachella performances, come back down to Earth and then look around and see what headphones most people are wearing. [Quick answer: They're Beats by Dre.] Before taxes, Dre picked up $100 million dollars last year when HTC paid him $300 [...]
Thanksgiving is coming up next week, and I've been wrestling with the notion that I can fry a turkey without burning down my domicile. The craving is tempting, however, I've opted to go the chickenshit route and have my brother-in-law bring over a turkey that his mom is gracious enough to donate to our family. All we have to do is the sides and desert. Football shouldn't be a problem due to the abysmal slate of games on hand. Enjoy the Southern Comfort and eggnog delight by the fireplace and let's hope nobody brings up the election [...]