Back in September, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke released a surprise solo album via file-sharing software BitTorrent Bundle. It was an unconventional way to release an album, but unconventional is becoming the new style in the music industry.
It all started with Beyoncé’s self-titled album, released overnight in late 2013. There were no singles, no press releases, just a new album popping up on iTunes. It was a significant power play, but it flipped the music industry in ways even Bey probably didn’t predict. Read More
The Grammy Awards themselves may be kind of a joke at this point, but at least the ceremony’s organizers seem to understand what fans want: An all-star concert. CBS has announced that Jay-Z (who’s Magna Carta Holy Grail received several nominations, despite the fact that even he conceded it was a mediocre album) and Beyonce will join an impressive list of artists set to perform during Sunday night’s broadcast. The husband and wife duo, who will be taking the stage together, are now part of the line-up that also includes Lorde, Imagine Dragons, Willie Nelson, Daft Punk, Kendrick Lamar and a handful of others, during what has essentially become a one night, primetime mini-music festival ... Discuss
Pop music queen Beyonce has surprised her fans (and pretty much the entire music industry) by releasing her fifth studio album, with no marketing run-up. In a press release, Mrs. Carter said that she was tired of the commercialized way her music had been debuted and promoted in the past.
I didn't want to release my music the way I've done it. I am bored with that. I feel like I am able to speak directly to my fans. There's so much that gets between the music, the artist and the fans. I felt like I didn't want anybody to give the message when my record is coming out. I just want this to come out when it's ready and from me to my fans.
Instead of Pepsi commercials and online promos (or even the formal release of new radio singles), Beyonce announced the self-titled record via a Facebook post. In addition to a handful of collaborations (Frank Ocean, Jay-Z, Drake and more), each song on the new album also contains its own music video. Explaining the record’s visual emphasis, Beyonce said in the statement, “When I'm connected to something, I immediately see a visual or a series of images that are tied to a feeling or an emotion, a memory from my childhood, thoughts about life, my dreams or my fantasies. And they're all connected to the music" … Discuss
To help promote World Humanitarian Day, Kid President sat down with Beyonce to discuss ways to make the world a better place. Kid President once again shows why he is the world’s greatest interview. To learn more about different ways people are getting involved in promoting humanitarian causes throughout the day, you can visit WorldHumanitarianDay.org … Discuss
First Justin Bieber started a conflict with Germany over monkey-smuggling allegations, now another pair of pop stars is at the center of an international incident. Rapper Jay-Z is calling out lawmakers who questioned his recent trip to Cuba in his new song “Open Letter”. The hip-hop mogul and his wife, Beyoncé, made international headlines when they went to the communist country to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary—a country that the U.S. prohibits tourism travel to. The couple had reportedly received special travel approval for "educational purposes" from the Office of Foreign Assets Control.
In the song, Jay-Z insinuates that President Obama helped him get permission for the trip: "Hear the freedom in my speech ... Obama said, 'Chill, you gonna get me impeached. You don't need this ... anyway, chill with me on the beach”. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters that despite the song lyrics, the White House had nothing to do with the trip: "I guess nothing rhymes with Treasury. Because Treasury offers and gives licenses for travel and the White House has nothing to do with it" ... Discuss
After taking the stage together at this year’s Grammy Awards, Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z may also be hitting the road for as many as 13 stadium tour dates this summer. The duo has collaborated several times recently, including at a recent concert in New Orleans, which was Timberlake’s first live performance in almost five years. Along with the standard tour buses, the pair will also need several 18-wheelers to carry the truckloads of cash the concerts will likely make—tickets for an upcoming stop on Beyoncé’s “Mrs. Carter Show" world tour sold out in less than a minute … Discuss