December 16, 2013 |
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.
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,...
June 19, 2013 |
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.
August 8, 2011 |
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.
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.
November 19, 2013 |
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...
June 27, 2012 |
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.
June 21, 2013 |
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.
November 15, 2013 |
"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.
June 25, 2013 |
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.