Kanye West has added another artist to his G.O.O.D. Music roster! The latest signee is Kacy Hill, a 20-year-old model who wants to try her hand at singing. The confirmation didn’t come from ‘Ye himself, though. Instead, Def Jam revealed the news on Twitter as they asked followers to “Vote up Kanye’s newest G.O.O.D Music addition @kacyhill on @DazedMagazine 100 List!” Fun fact: Hill is a former American Apparel model who is known for her, um, ass-ests and was also a backup dancer at the rapper’s “Yeezus Tour.”
There is no word on when the record label will release additional information or a single from the artist, but for now we can get a taste of Hill’s alternative sound — thanks to a video for “Experience” that was released back in September. She joins John Legend, Pusha T, Teyana Taylor, Big Sean and more on G.O.O.D Music!
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:: Poor Mathew Knowles just can’t shake off the heydays of Destiny’s Child! According to Sony’s latest hacked emails, Beyonce‘s estranged father had a plan for a biopic based on the girl group. Reportedly, the compan’ys movie executives were interested in the project. The deal never saw the light of day, but it may be heading to Lifetime. Based on the network’s recent biopics, let’s just hope that’s a rumor. [Jezebel]
:: Speaking of the Sony hacking drama, details were revealed about a sequel to Spike Lee‘s 1988 classic — School Daze. The director/actor was reportedly writing a character for Drake, whose name would be “PE*NIS.” Do you think it’s fitting? [Stereogum]
:: There also may be a movie by Kanye West in the works! Elon Rutberg, the creative director of ‘Ye’s DONDA, wrote to Sony about a “major film project.” There’s additional talk of the rapper acting alongside new BFF Seth Rogen! How awesome would that be? [MTV News]
:: In love-related news, Sam Smith has a new boytoy! The UK crooner is reportedly dating on of the men from his “Like I Can” video. He told The Sun, “It’s very early days. I’m talking very, very, very early days. But he’s really sweet… he was one of 20 extras. It’s a surreal thing to be talking about because I haven’t even confirmed with him that we’re officially seeing each other.” Good for him! [Just Jared]
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:: Kanye West will be receiving the Visionary Award at next year’s BET Honors ceremony. It’s a fitting honor, as the rapper has called himself a visionary many times. Usher will also receive the Musical Arts Award for his 20-year career. Wayne Brady is set to host the eighth annual event — which takes place on January 24 in Washington, D.C., and will air on the television channel on February 23. [Billboard]
:: Avicii officially has the most shazamed song of all time. His 2013 smash hit with Aloe Blacc, “Wake Me Up,” gained more than 19 million queries on the music search app. Robin Thicke and Pharrell‘s controversial “Blurred Lines” came in second place, with 18 million queries. [THR]
:: In other news, Taylor Swift is rumored to have a new man! This time around, it is allegedly The 1975 frontman Matt Healy. The “Blank Space” singer was spotted at some of the band’s concerts over the last few weeks. [Just Jared]
:: David Letterman has announced the date for his final episode on Late Show. The legendary host will have his last show on May 20, 2015 — ending his run with a whopping 6,028 episodes! Stephen Colbert is set to take his place, but Letterman will definitely be missed on the silver screen. [Gawker]
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Rumors of new music from Kanye West have been swirling around for months now, but we may just be getting closer to the rapper’s upcoming follow-up to Yeezus — courtesy of a stealthily announced North American tour in 2015.
According to Rihanna‘s recently posted online charity auction, a lucky winner can receive a “Kanye West Tour Experience” where they will be a VIP guest at one of the rapper’s concerts next year. The package also includes a pair of Yeezy’s, a private meet & greet and more. If you’re interested, the starting bid is a measly $15,000. But there’s more! The Barbadian songstress will be embarking on a tour herself. More »
Kanye West opened up the World Aids Day (RED) Concert yesterday (December 1) with a energetic, 9-minute medley of some of his biggest hits. The entertainer lit up Times Square with flashing red lights, as he performed tunes like “New Slaves,” “Power,” “Black Skinhead,” “Jesus Walks” and many more.
But of course, what is a Yeezy concert without a bit of a rant? He quickly reprimanded his sound guys after they played “Stronger” just a little too long! The NYC benefit concert also included performances by Carrie Underwood and U2 (with Chris Martin and Bruce Springsteen standing in for an injured Bono). Watch the performance after the jump! More »
In celebration of World AIDS Day (which is today — December 1), U2 have planned a surprise concert in the middle of New York City’s Time Square! The Irish rockers have invited special guests Kanye West and Carrie Underwood to perform. Naturally, Bono would also make an appearance — but his recent bike injury prevents him from attending. Fortunately Chris Martin and Bruce Springsteen will take turns fronting the band.
“A (RED) THANK YOU — Presented by (BANK OF AMERICA)RED” kicks off tonight in Times Square. If you’re not in New York or just want to avoid the large crowds, the show will be broadcasted worldwide via Youtube. Watch the livestream starting at 7:30 p.m. EST after the jump! More »
Electronic artist James Blake reveals that he and Kanye West may record a collaboration to round out Blake’s forthcoming third album.
“In terms of the actual collaboration for this record, it looks like we should be able to get something done,” he said to Miami New Times. “I know that there’s a specific song I would like him to be on, and if he can do that by the time my record comes out, that would be fantastic.”
Blake won the Mercury Prize for his second studio album, 2013′s Overgrown. Since then, in between remixes (Destiny Child‘s “Bills Bills Bills,” Beyonce‘s “Drunk In Love”) under the moniker Harmonimix, he has been one of the many artists – including Sir Paul McCartney, and for a song called “Piss On My Grave” — linked to West’s follow-up to last year’s Yeezus. More »
Pusha T has been laying low over the past few months, but now the rapper has dropped a new track out of nowhere — “Lunch Money.” Produced by fellow G.O.O.D. Music labelmate and frequent collaborator Kanye West, the track has a weirdly bubbling, underwater sound that is laid underneath Pusha’s always-menacing flow: “This is crime by design / If the crown ain’t mine, tell me who am I behind?”
Pusha T’s debut LP My Name Is My Name was released in October 2013, and he’s been busy in the studio with Pharrell recording a follow-up. The rapper is recently featured on the mega-track “Meltdown” off the Lorde-curated Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack (released on November 17). Take a listen to “Lunch Money” after the jump! More »
I’m not sure if Kim Kardashian‘s butt-exposing Paper magazine cover actually succeeded in breaking the internet, but it sure made Twitter a bloodbath for a couple of days. One of the surprise victims was Lorde. She tweeted the pic along with the comment “mom”. As anyone under 30 can tell you, that basically translates as “I love you, please adopt me” but it was misinterpreted by bloggers as a dig. The Kiwi took to her blog last night (November 13) to set the record straight.
“I retweeted Kim’s amazing cover and wrote ‘MOM’, which among the youthz is a compliment; it basically jokingly means “adopt me/be my second mom/i think of you as a mother figure you are so epic” (obviously i love my own mama and she is the best tho) but straight after that i think someone else called out the cover saying Kim has no right to look that sexy as she is a mother which is TOTAL trash – why should that stop her?” she wrote.
“If anything i think she gets even more beautiful and sexy all the time like a fineass wine, and of course has every right to showcase that – but i think our two comments got lumped in and also maybe reporters don’t understand my breed of humour/worship. i am the biggest fan of [photographer] Jean-Paul Goude and of Grace Jones, as you know, and there’s no way i could support one and not the other you know?” Lorde elaborated. More »
If there’s one thing both Lorde and Kanye West do well, it’s Dark And Brooding. So call it a stroke of genius that West was enlisted to remix — or, ahem, Rework — the Grammy-winning Kiwi’s Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 soundtrack single “Yellow Flicker Beat.” Here stripped bare of any pop flourishes, the song plays like an ominous film score piece, which, you know, is pretty apropos.
Fanatic followers of both may find this new version of the song falling somewhere between a religious experience and just sort of creepy. Head below to give a listen and see what you think. More »