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.
August 30, 2014 |
This weekend, the third annual Budweiser Made in America festival will take place on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. So what's new and different at this year's Jay Z-curated gathering? For one thing, for the first time neither Jay Z himself, who headlined in 2012, nor his missus, Beyoncé, who was the top attraction last year, is officially on the bill. One would hope the hip-hop kingpin would make an appearance, however, maybe with his close associate Kanye West, who headlines Saturday night.
May 24, 2014 |
For two years, Philadelphia had the Budweiser Made in America festival all to itself. Last month, however, it was announced that the Jay Z-curated fest would go bicoastal in 2014, taking place both here and in Los Angeles on Labor Day weekend (Aug. 30-31). Whatever agita that news created - was Made in America going Hollywood? Would the Left Coast take all the best acts? - calmed down Thursday when it was announced that Kanye West will headline MIA in Philadelphia. West, the most polarizing - and one of the most talented - figures in pop music, guarantees that MIA will be anything but dull.
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.
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 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.
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.
June 21, 2014 |
Kim K.'s latest artwork Creative genius knows no rest. Take plastic artist (ahem) Kim Kardashian : Barely out of her half-million-dollar wedding dress, Kanye West 's blushing bride is releasing her latest creation, mobile game app Kim Kardashian Hollywood . The object of the game: Become famous! You choose a look, you know, clothes and hair (soul optional?), then you hook up with a cartoon version of Kim (as though she's not already one) who guides you through Hollywood's hamster wheel - glamorous parties, red-carpet premieres, hip clubs.