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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,...
NEWS
March 23, 2015 | By Sofiya Ballin, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was Valentine's Day when poet Sarah Blake received Kanye West's 2008 album 808s & Heartbreak from her then-boyfriend and now husband, Noah Schoenholtz. It was around the time both her grandfather and mother were diagnosed with brain tumors. For West, it was a time when he and his fiancée, fashion designer Alexis Phifer, broke up and his mother died. For four years, through marriage, pregnancy, and graduate school, Blake periodically researched West's work and life. And just as West was told by his mentors that he couldn't be a rapper and should stick to producing, Blake, 30, was told by her professor that her book on West was worthless.
NEWS
September 27, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kanye West will run the world Why were so many people happy to hear that Kanye West will run for the White House in 2020? Citizens, West tells Vanity Fair, realize he's "extremely thoughtful" and "the most honest celebrity. " Modest, too! So what's his plan of action? "I sit in clubs and I'm like, 'Wow, I've got five years before I . . . run for office and I've got a lot of research to do, I've got a lot of growing up to do.' " What is West's platform? "I just care about human beings.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
THERE'S A FUNNY T-shirt available for sale about the importance of punctuation. It points out the different meanings of "Let's Eat Grandma!" and "Let's Eat, Grandma!" Tattle thought of that yesterday when Rolling Stone mentioned the title of Kanye West 's next album as "So Help Me God. " All we could think of was a perhaps more accurate title, "So Help Me, God. "   The daily Cosby Bill Cosby 's lawyers asked a federal judge Friday to throw out a defamation suit filed by three women accusing the comedian of decades-old sexual offenses.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
Tidal and Kanye West are being sued by San Francisco Kanye fan Justin Baker-Rhett who's claiming the streaming service and Kanye duped users into taking Tidal subscriptions because it was supposed to be the exclusive outlet for Kanye's The Life of Pablo . Except it wasn't. Billboard reports that the proposed class action lawsuit is in the works because millions of people flocked to Tidal and its $9.99 monthly fee in February because of Kanye's promise of Pablo exclusivity.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 2, 2015 | By Howard Gensler, Daily News Staff Writer
K ANYE WEST has always been a blunt talker, but at the MTV Video Music Awards, in its annual desperate cry for relevance, did the blunt get the better of him? After admitting that he smoked a little before the show, Kanye announced that he would "run" for president in 2020. Hey, if Donald Trump can do it . . . With Kanye announcing so early, black Republican activist Eugene Craig has created a political action committee to back his candidacy. Craig, 24, filed paperwork yesterday to launch "Ready for Kanye.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 31, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
ABC to tweak 'GMA' Good Morning America (locally on 6ABC WPVI-TV) is getting a bit of a face-lift. Starting next Tuesday, network TV's most-watched morning show will have a new full-time copilot, Michael Strahan . The anchor and sports commentator made waves when he dumped Live and Kelly Ripa for GMA . What's more, starting Sept. 8, GMA 's last half-hour will be set before a live audience of about 100 people. Expect less hard news and more guests during the new segment.
NEWS
February 13, 2015 | By Sofiya Ballin, Inquirer Staff Writer
During Sunday's Grammy awards show, rapper Kanye West pulled a Kanye and jokingly interrupted Beck, who was at the microphone to accept the award for best album. Beck's win was the upset of the evening: Many, evidently including West, had expected Beyoncé to take the award home. In a post-show interview with E!, however, West said, "Beck needs to respect artistry. He should have given his award to Beyoncé. At this point, we tired of it. " In his statement, West seemed to oppose the "he" (white pop star Beck)
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September 13, 2016 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
AN UNUSUAL musical collision played a role in the Carson Wentz era of Eagles football rolling off to a successful start on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field - country music superstar Jason Aldean and hip-hop mogul Kanye West. Eagles third-year receiver Jordan Matthews is a pensive dude. He figured that if he was going to be a part of the new order after the Birds drafted Wentz as the quarterback of the future, he should figure out what makes the kid from North Dakota tick. Matthews said he does not watch a lot of television but is definitely into music.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 31, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
ABC to tweak 'GMA' Good Morning America (locally on 6ABC WPVI-TV) is getting a bit of a face-lift. Starting next Tuesday, network TV's most-watched morning show will have a new full-time copilot, Michael Strahan . The anchor and sports commentator made waves when he dumped Live and Kelly Ripa for GMA . What's more, starting Sept. 8, GMA 's last half-hour will be set before a live audience of about 100 people. Expect less hard news and more guests during the new segment.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 10, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Viola Davis: Love WW! Suicide Squad star Viola Davis wants to remind you that girls also look up to comic book superheroes. "Wonder Woman was my hero, that was it for me," Davis tells People and Entertainment Weekly editorial director Jess Cagle . Davis says Wonder Woman projected power, authority, know-how. "I just thought to myself - because I was bullied growing up - I said, 'If I could be Wonder Woman I could take care of all the bullies, and I could be cute doing it,' and so that's it. " Will Davis see the movie version?
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Kanye: she's a selfie goddess You'd think Kanye West might feel uncomfortable with his wife's propensity to plaster nude pics of her corporeal essence all over the web. You'd be wrong. To him, a Kim Kardashian selfie is art. "Like, I love the ones from the side, the back ones, and the front," West, 39, tells Harper's Bazaar. "I just love seeing her naked. . . . I feel like it's almost a Renaissance thing, a painting. " In true post-feminist fashion, Kanye opines that Kim's bod is her talent: "I think it's important for Kim to have her figure.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 20, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
War of attrition: Swift, West Political analysts continue to express alarm at the deepening rift between Taylor Swift and Kanye West that threatens to upset the balance of world power. At issue is Swift's disapproval of a verse in West's song "Famous": "For all my Southside [bleep] that know me best / I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. " Did Swift give West permission to use her name? West's wife, Kim Kardashian , on Sunday released a recording of a phone call between West and Swift that suggests Swift did say yes. On Monday, Swift's rep said the singer wasn't told about the offensive phrase that ends the verse, "I made that bitch famous.
NEWS
July 17, 2016
California (BMG **) Achieving what Radiohead's A Moon Shaped Pool couldn't, the seventh album by the SoCal pop-punk band - and first since coleader Tom DeLonge was replaced by Alkaline Trio guitarist Matt Skiba - has succeeded in pushing Canadian rapper Drake's Views off the top of the Billboard album chart. Proving . . . what, exactly? Certainly that the snarky, aging pop-punk band retains more audience share than might be expected, and that their less-ambitious-than-Green Day three-minute rips continue to appeal to both current and former suburban youths.
NEWS
May 23, 2016 | Staff
Bob Dylan Fallen Angels (Columbia ★★★) Last year, Bob Dylan released Shadows in the Night, a tribute to Frank Sinatra. Fallen Angels was recorded during the same sessions; Sinatra had recorded all but one of these compositions, too. For Shadows, Dylan chose crepuscular songs of loneliness and mortality, leaning toward obscurities. For Angels, he's selected love songs that are jazz standards: "Polka Dots and Moonbeams," "Skylark," "It Had to Be You. " Think of this as Shadows' slightly brighter and more playful partner.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Kanye "The Ego" West lets loose "What [is] the point of thinking?" So declared Kanye West Thursday on Ellen DeGeneres ' show when the host suggested he may want to reflect on his tweets before posting them. Kim Kardashian 's hub is famous for detonating stream-of-consciousness ravings on social media. West, 38, accused the media of trying to make him look foolish. Despite it all, he insisted, "I care about people. " Before Ellen could stop him (but would she want to?
NEWS
May 4, 2016 | By Jason Nark, STAFF WRITER
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Charred and soggy shoes sit in a pile on the back deck of Dante Holley's home in South Jersey, the left-behind debris of a sneakerhead who was down on his luck. There's jewelry scattered around the yard, too, and lots of wet, muddy clothes, and something wild is scampering in the soffits, because last year fire burned out the roof. Holley, 20, feels blessed and looks upbeat though, even in the shadow of his condemned family home in Atlantic County. He's certain the prized pair of sneakers he's cradling like preemies in his arms were a sign from above - or a sign at least from Kanye West - and Holley's not going to squander them.
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