When JAY-Z released 4:44 on various streaming platforms, he also added three additional tracks on the physical copies of the LP. Unless you purchased the CD, you didn’t have them. BUT...on Saturday morning (July 28), at 4:44AM exactly, the Roc Nation CEO released “Adnis,” “Blue’s Freestyle/We Family” and “MaNyfaCedGod” exclusively on Tidal.
The trio of songs fits perfectly with the rest of 4:44, which has been praised for its honesty and openness. On Friday (July 27), Hov dropped the video for “Adnis,” his reflective song about his late father, Adnis Reeves.
The other songs “Blue’s Freestyle/We Family,” which features Blue Ivy, and the pensive “MaNyfaCedGod,” featuring James Blake, completes the trifecta. Hopefully, JAY-Z will release the extra tunes on other digital services like Apple Music or iTunes. Don’t hold your breath on Spotify getting these songs.
In addition to the bonus tracks, 4:44 is now available on cassette tape for $9 via Virgin EMI Records official webstore. There’s no word if the cassette will feature a booklet that will include liner notes and photos. Nevertheless, this will be a great gift for the true JAY-Z fan.
Listen to JAY-Z’s 4:44 bonus tracks at Tidal
The EDM festival UNITE With Tomorrowland evacuated the grounds in Barcelona, Spain, after a stage caught fire Saturday night. Nearly 22,000 attendees were evacuated from the city’s Parc de Can Zam with no serious injuries reported, though many were treated for anxiety, according to the Spanish site El Periodico.
Steve Aoki was slated to headline the one-day event, which was scheduled to go until 3 a.m. Organizers posted a statement on the festival’s Facebook page, citing “a technical malfunction” as the reason behind the fire. They added, “Authorities will follow up and continue the investigation with the local Spanish organizer of UNITE.” Pitchfork has reached out to representatives of Tomorrowland for additional comment.
The Strokes reportedly working on a new full-length, and have recruited Rick Rubin to produce it.
The news comes from Albert Hammond, the father of Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr. “They’re making a new album now with a great producer called Rick Rubin,” he told the West Australian. “I speak to my son every day and he says that they’re so happy.”
Hammond is known as a solo act in his own right, having reached the Top Five in 1972 with “It Never Rains in Southern California.” He’s also wrote or co-written numerous hits for others, including Starship‘s “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” the Hollies’ “The Air That I Breathe,” Whitney Houston‘s “One Moment in Time” and Leo Sayer’s “When I Need You.” The royalties allowed him to finance his son’s band’s debut, Is This It.
“Nobody understood them, so I said, ‘Here’s the money, go in the studio and make the record’,” he continued. “I never got it back, but it doesn’t matter. I just love knowing I helped them out. I’m very proud of the band and of my son. They’re like all my children because I was there from the beginning.”
Hammond use to give the band some advice in the early days. “I used to go to their rehearsals and they were very loud. I used to say, ‘Guys, guys — mountains and valleys, highs and lows.’”
On Aug. 4, Jane’s Addiction will release Ritual de lo Habitual Alive at 25, a home video that captures the band’s concert honoring the 25th anniversary of that landmark album. That same day, it will debut on Pay-Per-View and Video on Demand services on cable systems across the U.S.
The concert will be available until Sept. 3. with a suggested price of $3.99 for standard definition and $4.99 for high definition. You can go to In Demand’s website to find out when it will premiere on your system, and also see a 15-minute preview video.
As we reported last month, the 85-minute concert contains a full-album performance of Ritual de lo Habitual and a few other hits, and was filmed at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater in Irvine, Calif., on May 30, 2015. Interviews with the band members are featured in between the songs.
After launching the tour in 2015, Jane’s Addiction carried the Ritual de lo Habitual tour into the next year, concluding with a headlining set at Lollapalooza, the festival founded by frontman Perry Farrell. But there were some challenges involved in playing some of the record’s more obscure tracks.
“In preparing for the tour, I had to re-learn quite a bit of the album,” guitarist Dave Navarro said. “It was inspiring to undo some of the rules we have become used to in our later years and get back in touch with a more expansive and unorthodox approach. Staying in this mindset made for an extra special celebration tour and we were oddly able to become our own inspiration…The students teaching the masters.”
Spoken word from the late Anthony Barre — also known as Messy Mya — is featured on the song, and his estate sued in February for copyright infringement, among other claims. Barre's voice is heard saying “What happened at the New Orleans,” “Bitch, I’m back by popular demand” and "Oh yeah baby. I like that.” His sister, Angel Barre, claims the samples infringe the rights in two works of her brother's performance art, "A 27 Piece Huh?" and "Booking the Hoes from New Wildings."
A Louisiana federal judge on Tuesday denied Bey's motion to dismiss the copyright claim on fair use grounds — but she's not buying Barre's argument that the doctrine doesn't apply to digital sampling of a sound recording.
At this stage facts alleged by the plaintiff are taken as true, and U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown found that Barre has made a case that Beyonce's use of the clips was not transformative and that, although the samples were short, it was a "qualitatively significant" use. She also notes that a motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim, like this one, is "viewed with disfavor and is rarely granted."
"Plaintiffs have plausibly alleged in their complaint that Defendants did not change or alter the 'expressive content or message' of Anthony Barré’s YouTube videos, but rather used unmodified clips without adding anything new," writes Brown in a 66-page decision, which is posted in full below. "[T]he Court concludes at this stage of litigation that 'the copyright law’s goal of promoting the Progress of Science and useful Arts' would not be better served by allowing Defendants’ use of Plaintiffs’ copyrighted material without authorization or compensation than by preventing it."
Brown also denied the motion to dismiss Barre's false endorsement and Louisiana Unfair Trade Practices Act claims — but did dismiss the claim for unjust enrichment.
If the court denied the motion to dismiss, the defendants asked it to strike Barre's request for statutory damages and attorneys’ fees under the Copyright Act and treble damages under the LUTPA. Brown denied the motion in its entirety, finding that Beyonce's lawyers failed to show that Barre's requests are "'redundant, immaterial, impertinent, or scandalous matter' such that striking it from the record is proper."
Cara Delevingne can now add singer to her growing resume, as she’s released her first-ever music video.
Last week Delevingne’s debut song, “I Feel Everything” -- which she recorded for her new film, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets -- was released in line with the movie's July 21 release. One week later, the triple threat shared the music video to her new track.
Delevingne is featured in a sleek suit at the forefront of the new video, “I Feel Everything” is a fashionable, sci-fi odyssey as the up-and-coming singer croons the jazzy, sultry track. The clip also features shots from Delevingne’s recent summer blockbuster, making it a wild, galactic ride.
Julia Michaels has officially released her debut solo compilation.
Her new EP Nervous System features seven songs, including her platinum hit “Issues.” Julia's career guided her to being a solo artist after years of writing songs for stars like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and Gwen Stefani. It’s been a big week for Michaels, who released the music video for the second track on the album, “Uh Huh.” Within under 48 hours of its release, the video already had over 2 million views on YouTube. Tonight, the singer will perform on the Late Late Showwith James Corden to celebrate the debut of Nervous System.
Listen to the album below.
The Killers have unveiled “Run for Cover,” the latest pre-release track from its upcoming Wonderful Wonderful LP, along with complete album details and a slew of new tour dates for 2018.
The band released the single to further ramp up anticipation for Wonderful Wonderful after the recent release of the set’s first single, “The Man.” The band’s fifth studio album and first in five years, it’s set to arrive in stores Sept. 22 and available to pre-order now on CD and vinyl. Both formats include a regular edition of the record as well as a deluxe package that adds three bonus tracks: “Money On Straight” and two remixes of “The Man.”
The group is already on the road in support of Wonderful Wonderful, playing a string of largely sold-out dates that will keep them in Europe through late November. They’re booked to return to the stage early next year; they’re scheduled to begin the North American leg of their 2018 tour on Jan. 5, and will travel across the U.S. and Canada through at least Feb. 6, when they close out their currently announced shows with a performance in Salt Lake City. Tickets for all of the North American tour stops are set to go on sale Aug. 11, and for a limited time, each purchase comes with a copy of the new LP.
Check out the track listing and tour dates below, and visit the Killers’ site for ticketing information.
The Killers, ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ Track Listing
1. “Wonderful Wonderful”
2. “The Man”
4. “Life to Come”
5. “Run for Cover”
6. “Tyson vs Douglas”
7. “Some Kind of Love”
8. “Out of My Mind”
9. “The Calling”
10. “Have All the Songs Been Written?”
Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks
11. “Money On Straight”
12. “The Man” (Jacques Lu Cont Remix)
13. “The Man” (Duke Dumont Remix)
The Killers Tour Dates
8/2 — Milwaukee, WI — Eagles Ballroom
8/4 — Chicago, IL — Grant Park – Lollapalooza
10/8 — Austin, TX — Zilker Park – Austin City Limits Festival
10/15 — Austin, TX — Zilker Park – Austin City Limits Festival
10/20-22 — Phoenix, AZ — Steele Indian School Park – Lost Lake Festival
10/27-29 — New Orleans, LA — Voodoo Festival
11/6 — Birmingham, UK, Genting Arena
11/7 — Birmingham, UK, Genting Arena
11/10 — Newcastle, UK, Metro Radio Arena
11/13 — Manchester, UK, Arena
11/14 — Manchester, UK, Arena
11/16 — Dublin, Ireland, 3Arena
11/17 — Belfast, Northern Ireland, SSE Arena
11/19 — Leeds, UK, First Direct Arena
11/20 — Glasgow, UK, SSE Hydro
11/21 — Aberdeen, UK, GE Arena
11/23 — Nottingham, UK, Motorpoint Arena Nottingham
11/25 — Sheffield, UK, Arena
11/27 — London, UK, The O2 Arena
11/28 — London, UK, The O2 Arena
1/5 — Toronto, ON — Air Canada Centre
1/6 — Laval, QC — Place Bell
1/7 — Boston, MA — TD Garden
1/9 — Brooklyn, NY — Barclays Center
1/10 — Washington, DC — The Anthem
1/12 — New York, NY — Madison Square Garden
1/13 — Philadelphia, PA — Wells Fargo Center
1/15 — Detroit, MI — Masonic Temple Theatre
1/16 — Chicago, IL — United Center
1/17 — Saint Paul, MN — Xcel Energy Center
1/21 — Duluth, GA — Infinite Energy Center
1/23 — Miami, FL — AmericanAirlines Arena
1/24 — Orlando, FL — Hard Rock LIve
1/30 — San Diego, CA — Valley View Casino Center
2/1 — Los Angeles, CA — Staples Center
2/3 — Las Vegas, NV — MGM Grand Garden Arena
2/5 — Broomfield, CO — 1st Bank Center
2/6 — Salt Lake City, UT — Vivint Smart Home Arena
Jaden Smith debuts the video for his latest track “Watch Me” via Roc Nation. The video finds Smith at his most aggressive, with savage delivery, an explosive beat reminiscent of Kanye West's “Black Skinhead,” and a “F--k Off” jacket.
Smith pairs the guitar-driven production with rock star lines like, “See me dancing like Elvis / Just tell your man that it’s all in the pelvis.” The track is full of classic-rock ties -- like the hook’s Elvis Presley name drop -- but the video adds perhaps the greatest visual cue, with the sexy 1967 Pontiac Firebird convertible accompanying Smith in the background.
The video, directed by Shomi Patwary who uses psychedelic colors and distortions to add to the mystique of the vast California desert backdrop.
The young fashion mogul embraces the “Watch me!” chorus by dressing the part, with Louis Vuitton boots, En Noir pants with custom patch work, a shirt from his own MSFTSrep brand, and the soon-to-be-iconic jacket by Ja’Caius.
The video ends with Jaden on the ground, after giving us seemingly everything he has. But with the flash of the bright yellow “SYRE,” it’s clear that we can expect much more from the multi-faceted artist.
Kendrick Lemar landed eight MTV Video Music Award nominations because of his HUMBLE video, and He might garner more praise thanks to his new trippy video for his hit single LOYALTY.
The 30-year-old's latest piece also includes multiple-Grammy-winner Rihanna, in several scenes.