Tyler The Creator shares new teaser “BROWN SUGAR SALMON”

Tyler The Creator shares new teaser “BROWN SUGAR SALMON”
Watch an incredibly frustrating new ad for his album Call Me If You Get Lost.

By Jordan Darville

June 23, 2021

After a spell of relative inactivity, Tyler, The Creator returned at a furious pace this month. Prior to announcing his new album Call Me If You Get Lost (out June 25), Tyler shared a short video titled “SIDE STREET.” He’s since shared the songs “LUMBERJACK” and “WUSYANAME,” but today Tyler returns with another teaser titled “BROWN SUGAR SALMON.” The comedy sketch stars Tyler, who’s on a train journey and is trying to order some food from a very irritating waiter. Unlike “SIDE STREET,” the video doesn’t reveal any previously unheard song snippets. Watch it above.

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beabadoobee shares new EP, “Cologne” music video

beabadoobee shares new EP, “Cologne” music video
Our Extended Play is out now.

By Jordan Darville

June 23, 2021

beabadoobee, an artist making the ’90s alt-rock revival feel natural, is back with a new EP. The four-track Our Extended Play follows her 2020 project Fake It Flowers, one of The FADER’s favorite projects of the year. Dropping today along with the EP is the video for “Cologne,” which stars the artist herself as the leader of some youths who take down some stuffy white people. Only good vibes from beadoobee this Wednesday, in other words. Check out the video above, with beabadoobee’s North American tour dates below.

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J. Cole announces North American tour with 21 Savage and Morray

J. Cole announces North American tour with 21 Savage and Morray
He’ll perform in support of his new album The Off-Season starting this September.

By Jordan Darville

June 22, 2021

J. Cole. Photo by David Peters.

 

This fall, J. Cole will tour the United States behind his new album The Off-Season, and he’s bringing along 21 Savage and Morray for most of the shows. The 17-city tour begins in Miami on September 24 and ends on October 21 in Los Angeles. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 25 10 AM local time over at Dreamville.com.

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The Off-Season, Cole’s sixth studio album, was released in May. The project bowed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with 282,000 equivalent album units, the largest debut for a rap project in 2021 so far.

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J. Cole The Off-Season tour dates

Fri Sep 24 – Miami, FL – FTX Arena*^
Sat Sep 25 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center*^
Mon Sep 27 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena^
Tue Sep 28 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum Complex*^
Wed Sep 29 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center*^
Fri Oct 01 – Boston, MA – TD Garden*^
Sat Oct 02 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center*^
Mon Oct 04 – Washington DC – Capital One Arena*^
Tue Oct 05 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena*^
Thu Oct 07 – Chicago, IL – United Center*^
Sun Oct 10 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center*^
Mon Oct 11 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Arena*^
Thu Oct 14 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena*^
Sat Oct 16 – Las Vegas – MGM Grand Garden Arena*^
Sun Oct 17 – Phoenix, AZ – Phoenix Suns Arena*^
Wed Oct 20 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena*^
Thu Oct 21 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum*^

* With 21 Savage ^ With Morray

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Listen to MIKE’s new album Disco!

Listen to MIKE’s new album Disco!
The NYC rapper has also announced dates for a 2021 tour.

By David Renshaw

June 21, 2021

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New York rapper MIKE has dropped new album Disco!. Scroll down to listen now. The album is MIKE’s follow-up to 2020’s weight of the world and is entirely self-produced with MIKE working under his DJ Blackpower alias.

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In addition to dropping his latest project, MIKE has also announced details of a world tour. Starting in October, the Small World Big Love tour includes 13 headline shows in North America plus a further raft of shows in Europe. MIKE is also set to play at Governors Ball Music Festival in New York City on September 25.

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MIKE will play:

10/14 – Washington, DC @ Songbyrd
10/15 – Richmond, VA @ The Camel
10/16 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle (Back Room)
10/17 – Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5
10/19 – Nashville, TN @ The Blue Room at Third Man Records
10/21 – Chicago, IL @ Sleeping Village
10/22 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
10/23 – Detroit, MI @ Sanctuary
10/24 – Cleveland @ Mahall’s
10/26 – Buffalo, NY @ Rec Room
10/27 – Monkey House in Winooski, VT
10/28 – Winooski, VT @ Monkey House
10/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA

11/21 – Helsinki, Finland @ Kuudes Linja
11/22 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Obaren
11/24 – Göteborg, Sweden @ Oceanen
11/25 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Pumpehuset
11/26 – Berlin, Germany @ Burg Schnabel
11/27 – Zürich, Switzerland @ Exil
11/29 – Paris, France @ La Place
11/30 – Brussels, Belgium @ Botanique
12/3 – Manchester, UK @ YES
12/5 – Glasgow, UK @ CCA
12/6 – Leeds, UK @ Headrow House
12/7 – Bristol, UK @ Rough Trade
12/8 – London, UK @ Bussey Building

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JAY-Z sues Reasonable Doubt photographer Jonathan Mannion for using his name and likeness

JAY-Z sues Reasonable Doubt photographer Jonathan Mannion for using his name and likeness
The suit alleges Mannion has made thousands of dollars from selling photos of the rapper.

By Sajae Elder

June 16, 2021

JAY-Z. By Brian Ach/Getty Images for Something in the Water.

 

JAY-Z has filed a lawsuit against photographer Jonathan Mannion and his company Jonathan Mannion Photography, LLC, for using the rapper’s name, image, and likeness without permission, according to Reuters. According to the suit, Mannion, the photographer behind iconic rap images including JAY-Z’s debut album Reasonable Doubt cover art, has been selling prints of the rapper for thousands of dollars, later demanding tens of millions of dollars when asked to no longer use the photos.

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“[Mannion] made an arrogant assumption that because he took those photographs, he can do with them as he pleases,” the rapper alleges in the suit. “It is ironic that a photographer would treat the image of a formerly-unknown Black teenager, now wildly successful, as a piece of property to be squeezed for every dollar it can produce.”

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JAY-Z now wants Mannion to stop selling the photos, and other merch where his image appears, and give him the profits he’s made with his likeness. An attorney for Mannion has responded to the suit by saying: “Mr. Mannion has created iconic images of Mr. Carter over the years, and is proud that these images have helped to define the artist that Jay-Z is today. Mr. Mannion has the utmost respect for Mr. Carter and his body of work, and expects that Mr. Carter would similarly respect the rights of artists and creators who have helped him achieve the heights to which he has ascended.”

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The FADER has reached out to representatives for JAY-Z and Jonathan Mannion for comment.

Yves Tumor shares new song/video “Jackie”

Yves Tumor shares new song/video “Jackie”
It’s their first new single since last year’s album Heaven To A Tortured Mind.

By Jordan Darville

June 15, 2021

Yves Tumor was not only behind one of the most convincing reinventions of 2020 — from experimental texture alchemist to glam-rock god — but they also created one of the year’s best albums in the process, Heaven To A Tortured Mind. Today Tumor returns with another single “Jackie,” a towering space-guitar epic that builds on his latest, transformative era. Rick Farin and Claire Cochran direct the song’s music video, where Tumor battles the titular Jackie under a sky of piercing purples. Live-action anime adapters, take note.

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Along with the new single, Yves Tumor has shared some rescheduled dates from their canceled 2020 tour. Find those below:

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Yves Tumor 2021 tour

USA 2021

9/11 2021 – Cactus Club – Milwaukee WI
9/12 2021 – Pitchfork Festival – Chicago IL
9/12 2021 – Empty Bottle – Chicago IL
10/22 2021 – III Points Festival – Miami FL
10/24 2021 – Terminal West – Atlanta GA
10/25 2021 – Union Stage – Washington DC
10/26 2021 – Webster Hall – NYC
10/29 2021 – Warehouse On Watts – Philadelphia PA
10/30 2021 – TBA – Austin TX
10/31 2021 – Outside Lands – San Francisco CA
11/2 2021 – Stanley Hotel – Denver CO
11/3 2021 – Neumos – Seattle WA
11/8 2021 – The Fonda – Los Angeles CA
11/13 2021 – Day N Vegas – Las Vegas NV
11/15 2021 – Desert Daze – Pioneertown CA

UK/EU 2022

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2/23 2022 – Hydrozagadka – Warsaw PL
2/24 2022 – Meet Factory – Prague CZ
2/26 2022 – Gretchen – Berlin DE
2/28 2022 – Vega – Copenhagen DK
3/12022 – Paradiso Noord – Amsterdam NL
3/2 2022 – Balzaal Vooruit – Gent BE
3/3 2022 – Trabendo – Paris FR
3/5 2022 – Strange Brew – Bristol UK
3/6 2022 – Stereo – Glasgow UK
3/7 2022 – Whelans – Dublin IE
3/8 2022 – Electric Brixton – London UK
3/9 2022 – Chalk – Brighton UK
3/10 2022 – Yes – Manchester UK

HAIM are back as the next guest on The FADER Uncovered with Mark Ronson

HAIM are back as the next guest on The FADER Uncovered with Mark Ronson
Read The FADER’s 2013 cover story on HAIM ahead of part two of their conversation with Ronson on next week’s podcast.

By David Renshaw

June 11, 2021

The sixth episode of The FADER Uncovered, a new podcast series in which host Mark Ronson talks with the world’s most impactful musicians, is coming on Monday, June 14. This week Mark returns to part two of his conversation with HAIM. Having discussed their long-standing friendship in part one a few weeks ago. this time round they talk about everything from the secrets to a good party to long lost Ghostbusters theme cover Haim and Mark once recorded together.

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Before the interview goes live, check out HAIM’s FADER cover story from 2013. Follow The FADER by clicking on the cover photo, taken by Alex Wesh, below.

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SAINt JHN and SZA team up for “Just For Me”

SAINt JHN and SZA team up for “Just For Me”
The track will appear on the soundtrack for the upcoming film Space Jam: A New Legacy.

By Sajae Elder

June 11, 2021

Brooklyn artist SAINt JHN shared his latest single on Friday, the SZA-assisted “Just For Me.” The track is set to appear on the official soundtrack for the upcoming Space Jam sequel, Space Jam: A New Legacy. The downtempo track finds both artists yearning for a distant love and choosing their favorite vices instead.

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The film’s soundtrack is set to drop on July 9th, a week ahead of the film itself. While a full tracklist has not yet been revealed, the album will reportedly feature songs by Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Baby, and more.

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Deafheaven share “Great Mass of Color,” announce new album

Deafheaven share “Great Mass of Color,” announce new album
Infinite Granite is out August 20 via Sargeant House.

By Jordan Darville

June 09, 2021

On August 20, shoegaze-metal band Deafheaven will share their fifth album Infinite Granite. They’re a group known for their sprawlingly epic compositions, yet their new song “Great Mass of Color” doesn’t sound quite like anything they’ve put out before. A key part of that is George Clarke’s vocals — known for his beastly black metal screaming, here Clarke adopts an almost lullaby-like tone for the song’s first portion. Taken together, each element of “Great Mass of Color” points to creative refreshment, the exact mode a band should be working on for their comeback single. Take a listen above.

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POiSON ANNA works it out in her impulsive “FAiNT” video

POiSON ANNA works it out in her impulsive “FAiNT” video
Check out the new video from the London-bsed artist signed to NTS.

By David Renshaw

June 08, 2021

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POiSON ANNA ushers you into a world of propulsive movement and claustrophobic tension in her dystopic “FAiNT” video. The visual, premiering above, is the first taste of the London-based artist’s upcoming mixtape EXCELSiA, due later this month via NTS.

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Though she has previously collaborated with Dean Blunt and A$AP Rocky, Anna’s journey is starting afresh with “FAiNT.” There’s a metallic nature to the song, not in the devil horns and mosh pit sense, but in the way the percussive sounds clang together and a dub bassline bubbles underneath. This all provides a bed for Anna to open up, switching between fast-paced rap verses and more melodic moments, all delivered with a whisper like it’s your secret to keep.

Speaking about the track, Anna told The FADER: “‘FAiNT’ is a futuristic fusion of sounds to accompany the awakening brought to you when uncovering truth, as once you look the other way there’s no looking back.”

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EXCELSiA is released on June 25. Check out the “FAiNT” video now.

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Thundercat announces 2021 tour dates

Thundercat announces 2021 tour dates
He’ll be joined on the North American jaunt by Channel Tres.

By Jordan Darville

June 08, 2021

Thundercat. Photo by Quinn Dunziela

 

I can pinpoint my Oh shit, this is really happening moment of the coronavirus pandemic as when Thundercat announced the cancellation of his tour. I had tickets to his Toronto date, and probably would have been more disappointed had there not been a global plague about to ravage society. Now that things are reopening in North America, Thundercat has set out a new run of tour dates for the rest of the year. The trek will begin in Omaha, Nebraska at the Maha Music Festival and conclude in Boise, Idaho on December 5. Channel Tres, the house-pop-rapper who recently released his project i can’t go outside, will join Thundercat on almost all of the non-festival dates. See them below. Tickets go on sale here this Friday, June 11 at 10 AM local time.

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Thundercat 2021 tour dates

7/31 – Omaha, NE – Maha Music Festival
7/08 – San Francisco, CA – Stern Grove Festival
8/26 – Salt Lake City, UT – Twilight Concert Series
9/12 – Chicago, IL – Pitchfork Music Festival
10/24 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live *
10/26 – Jacksonville, FL – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall *
10/27 – Tampa, FL – Jannus Live *
10/28 – New Orleans, LA – The Joy Theater *
10/30 – Austin, TX – TBA
10/31 – Atlanta, GA – The Eastern *
11/02 – Washington, D.C. – 9:30 Club *
11/04 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore *
11/06 – New York, NY – Terminal 5 *
11/07 – Boston, MA – House of Blues *
11/10 – Montreal, Quebec – MTELUS *
11/11 – Toronto, Ontario – History *
11/14 – St. Paul, MN – Palace Theater *
11/16 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant *
11/17 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom *
11/19 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall Downstairs *
11/20 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues Dallas *
11/23 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren *
11/27 – Los Angeles, CA – Shrine Expo Hall *
11/30 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades *
12/03 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom *
12/04 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre *
12/05 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Boise *

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* with Channel Tres

Watch Mach-Hommy and Westside Gunn’s “Folie à Deux” video

Watch Mach-Hommy and Westside Gunn’s “Folie à Deux” video
Pray For Haiti is out now.

By Jordan Darville

June 07, 2021

One of the best rap albums of the year so far is Mach-Hommy‘s Pray For Haiti. The New York City rapper reunited with Griselda rapper Westside Gunn, who served as the project’s executive producer, and delivered song after song of punishing lyricism and deep emotion rooted in his cultural pride. Today, Hommy shares the video for the Westside Gunn-featuring Haiti track “Folie à Deux,” as Pitchfork points out. The Daily Gems-directed visuals is full of portraits of people and places around New York, including one regal-looking stone building where Hommy and Gunn perform. “Left with the Moon came back with the Sun,” Gunn said in a statement. “This sounds like a da Vinci painting.” Watch it above.

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Cafuné announce debut album, share new single

Cafuné announce debut album, share new single
Listen to Cafuné’s new track “High”, the latest single from their forthcoming debut album.

By Shaad D'Souza

June 04, 2021

After years spent honing their own brand of delicate, dazed indie-pop, Cafuné — the NYC-based duo of Sedona Schat and Noah Yoo — are finally releasing their debut album. Written over several years but completed over the course of the pandemic, Running features two previously-released tracks — “Want Me Out” and “Tek It” — as well as “High”, released today. Diaphanous but clear-eyed in its intentions, “High” grapples with depression from, Schat says, “a place of zen-like acceptance”. It’s a carefully and finely composed new piece of Running, one that hints at the evolution evident across the album. Listen to “High” above.

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Running is out July 20 on Aurelians Club, the band’s own label. Pre-order the record here.

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Watch Bad Bunny’s “Yonaguni” video

Watch Bad Bunny’s “Yonaguni” video
Bad Bunny eats ramen and gets a tattoo in his latest visuals.

By David Renshaw

June 04, 2021

Bad Bunny has dropped a video for new song “Yonaguni.” The song features Bad Bunny rapping some of his vocals in Japanese and would appear to be named after the Japanese island of the same name. The “Yonaguni” video features scenes of Bad Bunny enjoying life, spending time in a yoga class and getting a Pokemon Go tattoo before attening a house party. Check it out above.

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“Yonaguni” is Bad Bunny’s second release in recent weeks and follows “100 MILLIONES,” his collaboration with Luar La L. The Puerto Rican rapper shared three albums, YHLQMDLG, Las Que No Iban a Salir, and El Último Tour del Mundo, throughout 2020.

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De La Soul’s early music may finally be coming to streaming services

De La Soul’s early music may finally be coming to streaming services
The trio’s first six albums have long been embroiled in legal battles over uncleared samples and contracts.

By Sajae Elder

June 04, 2021

De La Soul. Gie Knaeps/Getty Images.

 

De La Soul’s early releases, including their 1989 debut album 3 Feet High and Rising, may finally be heading to streaming services thanks to a $100 million catalog acquisition of former label Tommy Boy by Reservoir, according to Variety

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The iconic rap trio has had their first six albums embroiled in legal problems with Tommy Boy Records due to both the extensive use of uncleared samples as well as their overall contract with the label. Now, Reservoir promises to try to bring the group’s early classics to the masses. “We have already reached out to De La Soul and will work together to bring the catalog and the music back to the fans,” a label spokesperson told Variety.

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Back in 2019, the group revealed that they would receive just 10% of any streaming revenue as per their original contract, and eventuall refused to sign off on a deal to service the albums to streaming services. They later urged fans not to stream their older music, including 3 Feet High And Rising, De La Soul Is Dead, and more.

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Tora-i makes a breakthrough on new song “Serial”

Tora-i makes a breakthrough on new song “Serial”
The London-based R&B singer enjoys a contemplative moment on her first release of 2021.

By David Renshaw

June 03, 2021

Tora-i looks back over a formative but naive period of her life on her tender new song “Serial.” The track, which fuses spectral R&B production with smooth vocals and brass celebrations, is reflective and warm, filled with the kind of romantic knowledge you only gain in hindsight. “In love there’s no limit, not some shy decision,” she sings of a relationship gone bad. “Out of sight but I stay on your mind.”

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The accompanying video, premiering above, takes the idea of putting a relationship into your rear view mirror literally, showing the London-based singer driving through the countryside and performing the song while at one with nature.

Speaking to The FADER via email, Tora-i said: “’Serial’ is about finally seeing things as they are/ were. I got very caught up in what I wanted to believe, but this is the marker of me realising that wasn’t the case. It was first written at the start of my understanding and since I went through many changes but its beginnings were made in warmth and I think that can be felt.”

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Thumbnail image courtesy of Rashidi Noah.

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Solange’s Saint Heron Agency shares “Passage” short film with soundtrack by Standing On The Corner

Solange’s Saint Heron Agency shares “Passage” short film with soundtrack by Standing On The Corner
The 6-minute video was created for the 2021 International Woolmark Prize.

By Jordan Darville

June 03, 2021

Saint Heron Agency, the creative group founded by Solange, has shared a new short film entitled “Passage.” The 6-minute clip was created and written by Solange, directed by filmmaker and MacArthur “genius” grant recipient Wu Tsang, and sports a soundtrack from Gio Escobar of the New York City experimental jazz collective Standing On The Corner. As if all that talent wasn’t enough, the film also stars Dionne Warwick, SahBabii, and KeiyaA.

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“Passage” serves as a showcase for designs by the finalists of the 2021 International Woolmark Prize. “To reflect on and honor the creative process with the 2021 International Woolmark Prize finalists,” Solange said in a statement obtained by Pitchfork, “‘Passage’ aligns with Saint Heron’s mission to reverence creation as life, from abstraction to being. I’ve been a longtime fan of Wu Tsang’s work and to be able to work alongside her, the Saint Heron team, and all of the incredible artists and designers in the film, really fortifies the ethos of collaboration and communal creative exchange that we wish to continue to embody.”

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Hear the previously unreleased Prince song “Born 2 Die”

Hear the previously unreleased Prince song “Born 2 Die”
The track is set to appear on the late icon’s first posthumous studio LP, Welcome 2 America.

By Sajae Elder

June 03, 2021

Another previously unreleased Prince song, “Born 2 Die,” dropped on Thursday. The track is set to appear on the late icon’s upcoming posthumous release, Welcome 2 America, dropping later this summer. The song was reportedly recorded back in 2010 in response to Dr. Cornel West saying Prince was “no Curtis Mayfield,” according to the Prince’s musical director Morris Hayes.

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“[Prince] had been watching videos of his friend Dr. Cornel West on YouTube,” Hayes is quoted as saying in the song’s press release. “During one speech, Dr. West said, ‘I love my brother Prince, but he’s no Curtis Mayfield.’ So Prince said, ‘Oh really? We will see.’” The upcoming 23-track album will serve as the first complete studio LP to be released from the artists’ infamous vault since he died in 2016.

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Listen to the song above.

Thumbnail image by BERTRAND GUAY/AFP via Getty Images

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SOPHIE’s brother says he has “hundreds” of the producer’s unreleased songs, including an album

SOPHIE’s brother says he has “hundreds” of the producer’s unreleased songs, including an album
Speaking with Billboard, Ben Long discussed potential posthumous releases from SOPHIE.

By Jordan Darville

June 03, 2021

SOPHIE. Photo by Charlotte Wales / Transgressive

 

SOPHIE‘s brother Ben Long has spoken about the producer’s unreleased music in a new interview with Billboard. Long, who worked with SOPHIE in various capacities including as mixing engineer on SOPHIE’s debut album Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides, said that his sibling recorded “literally hundreds of tracks” before dying after a fall in Athens at age 34. Some of this music includes a pop album, which Long says is almost finished.

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The music in Long’s possession includes “rough sketches to nearly complete songs,” according to the report, including a full-length project. “The idea SOPHIE and I discussed many times,” Long said, “was to do one abstract experimental album and then a pop record — this was going to be the pop one — and to keep going on that cycle for years.”

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However, Long did not definitively say when or how the project would be released. “I don’t want to be like, ‘We’re going to put everything out,’ because sometimes SOPHIE didn’t want it to or it wasn’t finished. But it was quite clear with a lot of songs, just from the fact that we had been working on them and mixing the album, that I know the direction a lot of things were supposed to be going.”

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“There are many, many discussions to be had,” Long continued. “The most important thing for us is doing right by SOPHIE — putting stuff out that SOPHIE was happy with and would want to be out.”

Read the full Billboard interview here.

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Billie Eilish shares new song/video “Lost Cause”

Billie Eilish shares new song/video “Lost Cause”
Happier Than Ever is out on July 30.

By Jordan Darville

June 02, 2021

Billie Eilish‘s sophomore album Happier Than Ever is out July 30, and on Wednesday she shared another new single from the project. “Lost Cause” is a hushed, trip-hop adjacent song about declaring one’s independence; it’s a joyful sibling of the previous Happier than Ever singles “my future” and “everything i wanted,” and comes on the heels of the heartland balladry of “Your Power.” Eilish herself directs the music video, streaming above, which captures a “7/11” style music video but with more beige clothing. Check it out above. Next year Billie Eilish will tour the world in support of Happier Than Ever, but all of the currently announced dates are sold out. So, uh, nevermind.

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Alex G shares 2021 tour dates

Alex G shares 2021 tour dates
The indie-rock star will play an extensive run of shows with EXUM.

By Jordan Darville

June 01, 2021

Alex G. Photo by Tonje Thilesen.

 

This summer, Alex G (he dropped the “(Sandy)” last year) will embark on a sizeable tour of North America. He’ll play individual shows with acts like Caroline Polachek, Big Thief, and Jay Som, with one very stacked lineup in Philly on October 6 (Moor Mother and Spirit of the Beehive will join him for that one). From October 28, EXUM will open the shows until their conclusion in New York City at Webster Hall on December 7. The new dates come after Alex G reissued his 2010 album Race on vinyl with proceeds supporting his touring crew waylaid by the pandemic.

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Check out the full run of dates below. Tickets will be available at Alex G’s website at Friday, June 4 at 10 AM local time.

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Alex G 2021 tour dates

8/5 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre *
8/7 – Pioneertown, CA – Pappy & Harriet’s $
9/17 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom %
9/18 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Pyramid Scheme %
9/19 – Chicago, IL – Riot Fest
9/20 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre %
9/30 – Northampton, MA – Pines Theatre ^
10/6 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live – Downstairs &
10/22-23 – Miami, FL – III Points Festival
10/28+29 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar +
10/30 – Richmond, VA – Richmond Music Hall +
10/31 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle +
11/2 – Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend +
11/3 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club +
11/5 – Nashville, TN – Exit / In +
11/6 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn +
11/7 – New Orleans, LA – Republic New Orleans +
11/9 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall – Downstairs +
11/10 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger +
11/12 – Oklahoma City, OK – 89th Street – OKC +
11/13 – Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck +
11/14 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room +
11/16 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line +
11/17 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre +
11/19 – Iowa City, IA – Gabe’s +
11/21 – Columbus, OH – Skully’s Music Diner +
12/2 – Lancaster, PA – Tellus360 +
12/3 – Hamden, CT – Space Ballroom +
12/ 4 – Portsmouth, NH – 3S Artspace +
12/5 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground +
12/6+7 – New York, NY – Webster Hall +
* w/ Caroline Polachek
^ w/ Big Thief
$ w/ Jay Som
& w/ Spirit of the Beehive, Moor Mother
% w/ Snarls
+ w/ EXUM

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J Balvin and Maria Becerra share “¿Qué Más Pues?”

J Balvin and Maria Becerra share “¿Qué Más Pues?”
Hear a new track from Balvin as he continues to work on his new album José.

By Jordan Darville

May 29, 2021

J. Balvin has a knack for ear-catching collaborations. In 2019 he shared Oasis, a collaborative project with Bad Bunny, and recently dropped a new track with pop hitmaker Khalid called “Otra Noche Sin Ti.” The streak continues with “¿Qué Más Pues?,” a new track with Maria Becerra, out this week. The second track shared in the lead-up to Balvin’s new album José, “¿Qué Más Pues?” is a steamy reggaeton duet where every element sounds as polished and crisp as a stack of fresh hundreds. The track’s music video is similarly flashy, taking place in a shipping container yard and other industrial settings while each performer is decked out in high fashion.

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Witch Prophet celebrates Black womanhood on “Makda”

Witch Prophet celebrates Black womanhood on “Makda”
The track is the latest single from her 2020 album DNA Activation.

By Sajae Elder

May 28, 2021

Toronto-based artist Witch Prophet shared the visuals for her latest single “Makda” on Friday. The brooding track blends slightly off-kilter trip-hop production with Witch Prophet’s arresting chants for an eclectic record that also pulls from jazz, R&B, and the artist’s Ethiopian and Eritrean roots for its inspirational foundations. The track is the latest release from Witch Prophet’s Polaris Prize-nominated DNA Activation, which dropped last year.

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Featuring the work of Toronto-based choreographer Esie Mensah, the clip finds Witch Prophet surrounded by family, friends, and women from Toronto’s vast artistic community. “It’s about stepping into your power, as well as the strength, resiliency, and beauty of the Black woman,” she said of the track in a statement. “It’s also a reminder to those that try to take advantage of us that we are in charge and always have been.” The video’s director, Leah Vlemmiks, went on to add that the video serves as a “celebration of the Ethiopian Queen of Sheba and the power of Black women and mothers told through dance and documentary.”

Watch the video above.

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George Riley manifests dark energy in her influencer-spoofing “Power” video

George Riley manifests dark energy in her influencer-spoofing “Power” video
Listen to the latest cut from the London-based artist ahead of debut project Interest Rates, a tape.

By David Renshaw

May 27, 2021

Slowly but surely George Riley has established herself as one of the more innovative voices to emerge from London in the past few years. Whether she’s writing about the narrow lens through which we view the climate crisis or critiquing patriarchal music industry culture, her vocals remain captivating and her choice of beat is always on point. New song “Power,” premiering above, changes the game once more. Starting out in a laidback style, Riley opens up as the BPM increases and rolls into a huge jungle break.

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Written about a period in her life when she was looking to move past needing the attention of others to feel good, Riley runs with that theme in the “Power” video. Directed by fellow artist Joviale (whose latest EP Hurricane Belle is also a must-listen) the pair have created a visual that riffs on the narcissistic world of influencer culture and the darkness that lies within.

Speaking about “Power” via email, Riley said: “This song was really fun to make, and it’s meant to be fun; tongue in cheek! Do I hate men? Yes, mostly… but some of them are so foine… Mainly though, the song is more about me, expelling any need to be desired or validated by mankind and feeling a thousand times better for it.

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It was so sick to work with Joviale to create this “pick me”-esque character, their imagination is infinite. This girl can be seen everywhere, big main character syndrome, narcissistic energy. She’s manifesting desirability and inadvertently summons a demon. Be careful what you wish for folks, it might break you.”

Director Joviale, meanwhile, revealed some of the inspiration behind her direction. “Growing up on a lot of telenovelas and Nollywood dramas (thanks to my mum and aunties) and a lot of MTV reality shows, it was almost too easy to link that element of glamour and melodrama to the “Power” anthem. I had a lot of fun exploring ways to take accountability and break your own cycles, and what that would look like.”

“Power” is taken from Riley’s upcoming debut project Interest Rates, a tape, due for release on June 24.

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Rina Sawayama has been cast in John Wick: Chapter 4

Rina Sawayama has been cast in John Wick: Chapter 4
The Keanu Reeves-led sequel will mark the pop singer’s feature film debut.

By Jordan Darville

May 27, 2021

The upcoming fourth film in the John Wick series, the popular action franchise starring Keanu Reeves, has cast pop singer Rina Sawayama in an as-yet unrevealed starring role, according to Deadline.

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Chad Stahelski, the director of the first three John Wick, will return for John Wick: Chapter 4. “I’m so glad to have Rina on board to make her feature film debut in John Wick: Chapter 4,” Stahelski told Deadline. “She’s an incredible talent who’ll bring so much to the film.” Chapter 4‘s shooting is set to begin this summer in Europe and Japan.

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Last year, Sawayama released her album Sawayama, one of our favorites of the year. She’ll head out later this year for a world tour.

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Trippie Redd and Playboi Carti share “Miss The Rage” music video

Trippie Redd and Playboi Carti share “Miss The Rage” music video
Watch the fiery video now.

By Jordan Darville

May 27, 2021

“Miss The Rage” was a hit before it was officially released thanks to a snippet that quickly went viral, and the official release of the Trippie Redd-helmed, Playboi Carti-featuring song saw it debut at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. For the music video, the rappers seem to have dumped a fair amount of the budget into gasoline, judging from how much of the stuff they spread around to start all the glorious explosions in the junkyard alley setting. It’s fun to watch, and Carti looks very sick in his balaclava. Check it out above.

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JAWNY shares “Take It Back,” announces The Story of Hugo project

JAWNY shares “Take It Back,” announces The Story of Hugo project
The California-based rocker will drop his next release in July.

By David Renshaw

May 26, 2021

JAWNY has shared a video for new song “Take It Back.” The video, premiering exclusively above, shows the songwriter rocking out on the back of a trash truck. It’s the first release from his next project, The Story Of Hugo, set for release on July 15.

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“Take It Back,” a dude’s rock anthem-in-waiting, is built around a jacked riff and baggy verses reminiscent of ’90s Beck. Brash, a little spiteful, and wholly unapologetic it’s the sound of a newly single guy crashing on his friend’s couch and starting life over again.

Speaking to The FADER via email, JAWNY explained a little about the inspiration behind the track. “I probably listened to this song 250 times before I officially turned everything into the label for release,” he said. “I tried to dance on the line between acceptance and anger, ‘If she never loved me then I’m better off alone’ seemed like a mantra for self-worth.”

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The Story of Hugo tracklist:

“Hugo Is Born”
“Best Thing”
“Take It Back”
“You Should Watch This One” (Interlude)
“Tombstone Grey”
“Can Ya”

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Watch J. Cole’s music video for “a p p l y i n g . p r e s s u r e”

Watch J. Cole’s music video for “a p p l y i n g . p r e s s u r e”
The Off-Season is out now

By Jordan Darville

May 25, 2021

As pretty much everyone expected, J. Cole‘s new album The Off-Season debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The project sold 228,000 units and managed to set a new record for Cole as well, with four of the album’s songs debuting in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 — Juice WRLD, Drake, and Lil Wayne are the only other artists in history who have had similar first-week success with individual songs. All this is to say that the time is perfect for Cole to drop a music video for a song about how highly regarded he is and how few will ever match his pen, and that’s just the theme of “a p p l y i n g . p r e s s u r e.” The music video is directed by Scott Lazer, and stars Cole in various urban environments: on an apartment building’s roof, on the subway, hanging on the street with Dave East, etc. Check it out above.

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Report: Kanye West’s Yeezy Gap collection “on track” to debut in June

Report: Kanye West’s Yeezy Gap collection “on track” to debut in June
The line will feature affordable “modern, elevated” pieces.

By Sajae Elder

May 24, 2021

Kanye West. Rich Fury/Getty Images for Coachella.

 

After being announced last summer, the partnership deal between Kanye West’s Yeezy and the Gap will finally see a collection released later this year. According to a Business of Fashion report released over the weekend, the line is “on track” to hit stores by the end of June.

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West will develop “modern, elevated” pieces for men, women, and children at affordable price points. His designs will also be featured in “unique Yeezy Gap expressions” at select stores and eventually, across digital channels. Earlier this year, West made the collaboration’s logo—using Gap’s blue & white color scheme and font while replacing “Gap” with “YZY”—official.

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J. Cole’s The Off-Season debuts at No. 1

J. Cole’s The Off-Season debuts at No. 1
This is the rapper’s sixth chart-topping album.

By Sajae Elder

May 24, 2021

J. Cole. Tabatha Fireman/Getty Images.

 

J. Cole‘s last album The Off-Season debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 with 282,000 equivalent units sold. The feat makes the release the biggest rap album of the year so far, and the second-largest overall for total units earned. The 12-track album, which dropped last week, boasts features from 21 Savage, Diddy, Lil Baby, and production from Timbaland and Jake One.

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Prior to the album’s release, the rapper shared a short documentary on how the album came together, Applying Pressure: The Off-Season Documentary.

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Currently, J. Cole is currently playing professional basketball in Rwanda after being signed to the country’s national team, the Patriots.

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