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September 2, 2012
Welcome to The Philadelphia Inquirer's by-the-minute coverage of the Budweiser Made In America festival. Check back as we post updates here and at www.philly.com/madeinamerica from a team of reporters covering the two-day music festival on The Benjamin Franklin Parkway that ends Sunday night: Inquirer Music Critic Dan DeLuca, and reporters David Hiltbrand, Kristen A. Graham, Miriam Hill, Jonathan Lai, John Trinacria, Maria Panaritis, Al Lubrano,...
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2013 | BY GREG KOT, McClatchy News Service
KANYE WEST's sixth studio album, "Yeezus," is the latest affront from an artist who keeps inventing ways to tick people off. At first listen, it is hostile, abrasive (both sonically and lyrically) and intentionally off-putting, as if to test the loyalty of even his most ardent fans. But, as usual, that's only the beginning of West's new detour, on the Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam label. West is used to being written off as a shallow, petulant, needy, self-serving braggart, a talented artist who can't resist impaling himself on his own ego. And some of that is true, as West himself will be the first to say. But even as he barges in full-on full of himself in "Yeezus," West demonstrates that he has a lot more on his mind than just self-aggrandizement or self-immolation.
NEWS
August 8, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
Today's a big day for the collaboration that Jay-Z and Kanye West have dubbed The Throne. Tickets for their Watch the Throne tour go on sale this morning, through Comcasttix.com for the Nov. 2 show at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, and through Ticketmaster for shows elsewhere. Also, their same-named LP was slated to hit iTunes today. (Reportedly, fans should look under "Throne" instead of the hip-hop stars' individual names.) The release should hit stores later this week.
NEWS
February 13, 2012
Album of the year "21," Adele Record of the Year "Rolling in the Deep," Adele Rock Song "Walk," Foo Fighters Rap Album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West Complete list, A8.  
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 2012 | INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Sure, sometimes you want to give the Kardashians a rest. But sometimes you just can't. Kourtney Kardashian and infant-father Scott Disick tell Us Weekly that couples therapy saved their relationship. [Your joke here.] … Kourtney's sis, Kim Kardashian, jumps up and down and says, nuh-uh! Her romance with Kanye West is not a publicity stunt, as the world supposes. …Meantime, Kim's divorce case with/from b-baller Kris Humphries is now in depositions, and Monday Kris was grilled in Minnesota by star attorney Laura Wasser and team.
NEWS
March 23, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ain't she amazing? This made headlines from Bakersville, Calif., to Kandahar on Friday: Kim Kardashian has attained her ultimate goal: Appearing - in a wedding outfit - on the cover of Vogue! "This is such a dream come true!!!" KK tweeted Friday. The April cover shows her in white wedding gown and 15-carat diamond engagement ring. Her man, Kanye West , stands behind her, holding her in an embrace, his loving arms around her loving waist. She made it! It was even shot by star photog Annie Leibovitz .   Did they beg Wintour?
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kanye West is the Alpha and the Omega of life. At least, where disciple Kim Kardashian is concerned. Days after welcoming their baby girl, Kanye lets his Ego loose on W mag, claiming he's the reason Kim is a fashion icon. "She just needed to be given some platforms of information to work from," West says. Without an inner life of her own, Kim dresses up for him. "For her to take that risk," he says, "it just shows you how much she loves me. " Kanye, who says his life goal is "to make Kanye West as dope as possible," says he appears on Keeping Up with the Kardashians not for more PR but for love.
NEWS
June 21, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Actor-activist Angelina Jolie has been making headlines for her double mastectomy, but her other passion, international diplomacy, came to the fore Thursday when she visited a Jordanian camp for refugees fleeing the civil unrest in Syria. "I appeal to the world leaders - please, set aside your differences, unite to end the violence, and make diplomacy succeed," Jolie said, reminding reporters that June 20 was the U.N.'s World Refugee Day. "The lives of millions of people are in your hands.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Vanessa Williams was molested by a woman when she was 10 years old, the Desperate Housewives star reveals in You Have No Idea, a memoir she cowrote with her mother, Helen. "She told me to lie down on the rug," Williams, 49, writes about the perpetrator, an 18-year-old family friend. "I was confused. Are we going to play a game? As I tried to make sense of it, pulled down the bloomers of my cotton baby-doll pajamas. 'What are you doing?' I asked. 'Don't worry,' . " In a passage excerpted by People, Williams says the incident drove a wedge between her and her parents.
NEWS
December 16, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
The biggest-selling albums of 2013 were by Justin Timberlake, country star Luke Bryan, and rappers Jay-Z, Drake, and Eminem. Timberlake topped the list with more than 2.3 million copies sold of the first part of his two-part The 20/20 Experience , according to Nielsen SoundScan. But when looking back on the year in music in 2013, will you immediately think of any of those dudes? Not likely. More likely, the mind will fix on Miley Cyrus' icky encounter with Robin Thicke at the MTV Video Music Awards, or the former Disney girl swinging naked on her "Wrecking Ball" video.
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March 23, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ain't she amazing? This made headlines from Bakersville, Calif., to Kandahar on Friday: Kim Kardashian has attained her ultimate goal: Appearing - in a wedding outfit - on the cover of Vogue! "This is such a dream come true!!!" KK tweeted Friday. The April cover shows her in white wedding gown and 15-carat diamond engagement ring. Her man, Kanye West , stands behind her, holding her in an embrace, his loving arms around her loving waist. She made it! It was even shot by star photog Annie Leibovitz .   Did they beg Wintour?
NEWS
December 16, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
The biggest-selling albums of 2013 were by Justin Timberlake, country star Luke Bryan, and rappers Jay-Z, Drake, and Eminem. Timberlake topped the list with more than 2.3 million copies sold of the first part of his two-part The 20/20 Experience , according to Nielsen SoundScan. But when looking back on the year in music in 2013, will you immediately think of any of those dudes? Not likely. More likely, the mind will fix on Miley Cyrus' icky encounter with Robin Thicke at the MTV Video Music Awards, or the former Disney girl swinging naked on her "Wrecking Ball" video.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael Douglas, GQ diva GQ, which has been busy this month bestowing honors manly upon such dudes' dudes as Matthew McConaughey and Justin Timberlake , has reserved its most funky honor, Diva of the Year, for Michael Douglas . The label isn't a diss: It honors Douglas' tour de force performance as Liberace in HBO's telefilm Behind the Candelabra , which had him yo-yo from the depraved depths of weird narcissism and divahood...
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Kanye West stood on the Wells Fargo Center stage Saturday night, his face covered by a stylish executioner's mask that made him look like a high-couture Mexican wrestler, and attempted to explain himself. In so doing about two-thirds of the way through his grueling, boldly unorthodox 2-hour-and-20-minute Yeezus tour show, the proudly provocative rapper, producer and fast-food eater - he had dinner at Wendy's at 15th and Chestnut with fiancee Kim Kardashian on Friday - talked about "the Willie Lynch theory" of keeping African Americans in order by punishing them in public.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
FORMER FLYER Max Talbot is officially leaving Philly behind, putting his Bella Vista home on the market. Talbot was traded from the Flyers to the Colorado Avalanche last month for Steve Downie . Located on 9th Street, right below South, Talbot's former abode was a three bedroom/four bath beaut complete with a tricked-out kitchen, Jacuzzi and a walk-in closet that is bigger than some of the apartments I've lived in. Too bad Talbot and...
NEWS
November 15, 2013 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
"I THINK WHAT Kanye West is going to mean is something similar to what Steve Jobs means. I am undoubtedly, you know, Steve of Internet, downtown, fashion, culture. Period. By a long jump. I honestly feel that because Steve has passed, you know, it's like when Biggie passed, and Jay-Z was allowed to become Jay-Z. I've been connected to the most culturally important albums of the past four years, the most influential artists of the past 10 years . . . I got the answers. I understand culture.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 26, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Piano-playing soul man John Legend has just released Love in the Future , his first recording since Wake Up! , the 2010 cover song collaboration with Philadelphia hip-hop band the Roots. These are busy days for the 34-year-old University of Pennsylvania alumnus, Class of 1999, who grew up as John Stephens in Springfield, Ohio. In addition to letting loose Love in the Future , which was artfully produced with the assistance of old friend Kanye West, the singer married swimsuit model Chrissy Teigen in September in Lake Como in Italy.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 2013 | CHUCK DARROW, DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER, DARROWC@PHILLYNEWS.COM, 215-313-3134
TODAY'S COLUMN is being written through a cascade of joyful tears. Kim and Kanye are engaged. This is such epochal news that we are afraid to let ourselves believe such a monumental event could possibly happen. But it did.   Kim Kardashian is poised to spend the rest of her life (can't believe we wrote that with a straight face) with rap deity and all-around gift-to-the-universe Kanye West . We're not sure if today's sighting of unicorns flying beneath multiple rainbows was just a coincidence, but we do know this: Yeezy popped the question Monday night - with the help of a 15-carat diamond ring - during Kimmy's 33rd-birthday bash at San Francisco's AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, which he'd rented out for the occasion.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 12, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a rare interview about her late boyfriend and Glee costar, Lea Michele says she not only misses Cory Monteith the man, but also the character he played on the TV musical. "I feel like, for me personally, I've lost two people: Cory and Finn," Lea, 27, tells TV Week Australia. "There was no greater man than Cory. " Monteith, who was 31 when he died of a drug overdose in July, was set to be memorialized on Glee on Thursday night. Titled "The Quarterback," the tribute episode took an emotional toll on Lea, but she says she has no plans to leave Glee . "Everyone is asking: 'Is it hard to do this?
NEWS
August 25, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Their love burns with ardor. And don't try to say otherwise. Kanye West says his liaison with Kim Kardashian isn't a sham, a publicity stunt. Au contraire, their love is so strong, each embrace has the potential to disrupt the space-time continuum. So Kanye said in an hour-long sit-down with Kim's mom, Kris Jenner , which aired Friday on the season finale of her gabfest Kris . The whole chat was something to behold. It was a work of art. Kanye said falling for Kim, his "dream girl," was so amazing that he didn't care if his association with the reality TV star would tarnish his rep as the greatest composer since Beethoven . "I could have people saying, 'This is going to damage your credibility' . . . and I say, 'I don't care.
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