Kanye West kicked off 2015 by releasing “Only One,” his poignant ballad featuring Paul McCartney on keyboard. If West’s barber is correct, though, then the Beatles songwriter played a larger role in the Yeezus rapper’s new music than anticipated.
According to Ibn Jasper, who has cut West’s hair since he was 17, McCartney has co-produced the entirety of West’s new album. Here’s where it gets a little confusing: While Rihanna had promoted the just-released “FourFiveSeconds,” featuring both artists, as a “first glimpse” of her new album, Jasper says that this new song belongs to West and will therefore also appear on his upcoming studio release. More »
Rihanna has offered a taste of what her new album will sound like — “FourFiveSeconds,” featuring Kanye West and Paul McCartney.
Coming from the Unapologetic diva, known for churning out urban dance-pop hits like clockwork, and the Yeezus rapper, who matched his impassioned raps with ’90s industrial rock tendencies on his last album — an acoustic guitar duet about workingman’s blues was the last thing that we expected. Yet here it is, with Rihanna’s voice sounding as resilient and West’s as tender as can be. More »
It seems like we’re all becoming incredibly restless for the release of Rihanna‘s #R8, and Kanye West may have something to hold you over! No, he’s not leaking the album on iTunes — but he may be releasing a collaboration with the Bajan songstress!
According to Billboard, the rapper previewed a bunch of songs from his upcoming seventh LP when he made a surprise appearance at iHeartMedia’s Music Summit. One of them was reportedly a tune with Rihanna! The site states, “He finished by playing one new song: a duet with Rihanna (title unknown) that featured acoustic guitar and a big, soaring chorus and melody with a massive hook. He then slammed his laptop shut and walked offstage to a standing ovation.” More »
Last night (January 22), some of the biggest pop stars took over West Hollywood at the first annual The Daily Front Row Fashion Awards! Sitting pretty in the front row were Rihanna, Kanye West, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus — who were all flawless and giggly the entire night. Ciara was also in attendance, and posed adorably with Kerry Washington and Drew Barrymore.
The Bad Gal of course made time for a selfie with photographer Mert Alas (the man behind Madonna‘s Rebel Heart album cover, by the way) and caught up with Jeremy Scott and Nicole Richie. View all of the celebrity shots, including model-worthy poses, silly faces and killer fashion, in the gallery up top! More »
We all know that Kanye West invented leather jogging pants, but were you aware that his sartorial vision extends to the humble bikini? Kim Kardashian jumped on Instagram this afternoon (January 21) to post a pic modeling a swimsuit designed by her rap mogul husband. It’s an elegant ensemble comprised of fur patches and what could well be dental floss. Make no mistake, everyone will be wearing furkinis in Calabasas this Summer!
The sexy snap (which you can see after the jump) will, no doubt, shake the internet to its very core when it inevitably goes viral. While not as eye-popping as Kim’s nude photo shoot for Paper magazine, it still shows off the “Jam (Turn It Up)” diva’s killer curves. Speaking of the sex tape pioneer’s ill-fated pop career, perhaps it’s time for a reboot? That song was a total guilty pleasure. Don’t judge me. More »
Kanye West‘s “Only One” wasn’t the only song that he recorded with Paul McCartney. According to Ty Dolla $ign, the two of them also worked on a track featuring himself and Rihanna, to be featured on West’s anticipated new album.
“Me, Rihanna, ‘Ye and Paul got a song about to drop as well,” the budding R&B lothario says to Billboard, adding, “It’s gonna drop soon. I heard they shot the video recently. I don’t know what the final title is, but I know it’s crazy so just be looking out for [it].”
Last year Ty Dolla $ign released his debut EP Beach House, featuring “Paranoid,” as he scored his first chart-topping hit as a songwriter with Chris Brown‘s “Loyal.” (He also appears on “Shell Shocked,” the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme song featuring Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J.) Then in September, West’s cousin Ricky Anderson reached out and asked Ty Dolla $ign to work with the Yeezus rapper in Mexico. The two of them worked on nine songs total; Ty Dolla $ign’s backing vocals now appear on “Only One.” More »
So, the Paul McCartney and Kanye West collaboration we first heard tale of last summer isn’t called “Piss On My Grave” — or at least that particular number is still tucked away off in the wings. But the good news, New Year’s Eve revelers, is that there is another brand new track by the two music heavyweights that was released late last night.
“Only One” is a soft, simple bluesy cut that features Kanye singing from the perspective of a wise elder (in this case, ‘Ye’s mother, Donda) to a younger loved one (West), all done through unmistakeable Auto-Tune while Paul plays the organ throughout. West wraps up his emotional vocals with reference to his daughter North as he repeats, “Tell Nori about me.”
Listen to the collaborative new song below. More »
Happy New Year, Idolator readers! From our Top 10 Albums and Top 10 Singles of 2014, to our reader-selected Albums of 2014, to the Top 14 EPs of 2014 (and yes, even the best butt-baring boys and girls of 2014!), we’ve finally reached the end — and also the best! — part of the list season. Why? Because it’s time to stop looking back and start looking ahead to the future.
We’ve got a ton of promising pop releases to look forward to in 2015, from Rihanna‘s still mostly mysterious, endlessly teased album (dubbed R8) to Kanye West’s Yeezus follow-up to Queen Of Pop Madonna‘s heavily teased (and, disappointingly, thoroughly leaked) Rebel Heart.
Wondering what you should start getting excited for? Check out our 15 most anticipated pop albums of 2015 in the gallery up top, and place your vote for your most anticipated album. Then, let us know what you’re most excited to hear in the comments below. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Pop music’s royal couple, Jay Z and Beyonce, traveled to Iceland for a chilly getaway in honor of Hova’s recent 45th birthday. Not ones to sit around and let their passports go to waste, the pair are currently in Thailand for the holidays. [Rap-Up]
:: If Kanye West wasn’t mad at Lily Allen for co-opting his Yeezus album title for her LP Sheezus, how irked can he be over Local Business Comedy turning his tracks into holiday songs for Kreezus? [Pink Is The New Blog]
:: It seems several new Gwen Stefani songs have been registered with BMI, so perhaps we’ll get a third album from her after all, despite the not-so-great performances of “Baby Don’t Lie” and “Spark The Fire”? Co-writers on the tracks are said to include Benny Blanco, Ryn Weaver and Charli XCX. [PopJustice]
:: Surprise — Eminem is gay! Or, at least his character in beleaguered Sony film The Interview is. Watch Em’s big revelatory scene here: [Stereogum]
:: Sam Smith and his two sisters got matching “III” tattoos for Christmas. Who knew they were such big Take That fans? [Instagram] More »
Well, this might not break the Intenet quite like that booty-baring Paper Magazine shoot, but who knows? When it’s a Kardashian West event, anything is possible.
Yeezus king Kanye West and his wife Kim Kardashian are featured in Balmain’s Army Of Lovers Spring/Sumer 2015 menswear campaign.
The announcement came earlier this morning, when Kim tweeted out their campaign photo, along with an enthusiastic “BALMAIN!!!!!!” (Not everyone is quite as excited on social media: Kanye hasn’t tweeted since December 15.) The couple is seen closely embracing, with Kim grabbing Kanye’s head for a kiss.
On a related note, still no news on that upcoming Yeezus follow-up apart from the “Awesome” Kardashians teaser in September and his recent performance at the World AIDS Day (RED) Concert in December, although Rihanna‘s recent charity auction semi-confirmed that the rapper will be touring in 2015. In the meantime…fashion! Check out Kim K’s Instagram of the campaign shot after the jump. More »