Entries tagged with: John Legend
by Andrew Sacher
Big Sean - 'Dark Sky Paradise'
We've already gotten a few tastes of Big Sean's new album, Dark Sky Paradise (due next week, 2/24, via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam), and now he's just given us two more songs. One is "One Man Can Change The World," a piano ballad with guest sung vocals from Kanye West (who's also on the great "Blessings" with Drake and the "All Your Fault" clip) and John Legend, as well as the downtempo rap of "Win Some, Lose Some" which features past collaborator Jhene Aiko. Listen to both below, along with a mix of snippets from the album.
UPDATE: Big Sean announced a few dates, including a NYC-area show happening April 22 at Starland Ballroom in NJ. Tickets for that go on sale Friday (2/20) at noon with a presale starting Thursday (2/19) at 9 AM. All currently known dates (more TBA?) are below.
In related news, Kanye collaborator Cashmere Cat (who co-produced Ye's new single "Wolves" that he just debuted at his fashion show and then performed on SNL 40) also just co-produced (with Stargate) the new single for another Kanye collaborator, Ty Dolla $ign. It's called "Drop That Kitty" and has an all-star cast of guest appearances from Charli XCX and Tinashe. They all bring their own personalities to the song: Ty in auto-tuned sung-rap mode, shouty/sassy Charli, and soulful Tinashe. Check it out below.
Cashmere Cat will be on tour soon supporting Ariana Grande, including her MSG shows on 3/20 & 3/21, and headlining his own NYC show on March 21 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are still available.
Tinashe is also supporting a bigger star (and Ariana Grande collaborator) on an arena tour, Iggy Azalea, including her Barclays Center show on May 7.
And Charli XCX will return to NYC for Governors Ball, which just announced its daily lineups.
In more related news, Big Sean recently put out his own verse for "Used To" from the new Drake mixtape (and from Lil Wayne's mixtape). You can listen to that below too. Like Kanye and Big Sean, Drake was in NYC this past weekend for a surprise show at Irving Plaza, which he brought Kanye out during. Video of that below.
And speaking of Kanye collaborators, producer Hudson Mohawke tweeted yesterday that he's in the studio with Miguel, so that's something to look forward to.
Song streams below...
You probably know by now that Kanye West and Paul McCartney have teamed up not only once but twice this year, most recently for the Rihanna collaboration, "FourFiveSeconds" (also featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Dirty Projectors frontman Dave Longstreth). They've now given that song a video, directed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, and you can check it out below.
It's also been announced that Paul, Kanye and Rihanna will all perform together at the Grammy Awards Ceremony this Sunday. Other performers include Madonna, AC/DC, John Legend & Common, Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett, Gwen Stefani & Adam Levine, Pharrell, Usher, maybe Beyonce and definitely not Taylor Swift.
Kanye and Paul will also be on SNL 40 the following Sunday. "FourFiveSeconds" video below...
The 87th Annual Academy Award nominations are out and Alejandro G. Iñárritu's flashy Birdman leads the charge with nine nominations, followed by WWII drama The Imitation Game (8), Clint Eastwood's American Sniper (7) and Richard Linklater's Boyhood (6). Whiplash, the intense drama about a young jazz drummer who falls under the tutelage of a demanding teacher, got five nominations.
The Best Song category includes "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" from documentary Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me; "Everything is Awesome" (performed by The Lonely Island and Tegan & Sara) from The LEGO Movie (which got snubbed in the Best Animated Film category); music industry comedy Begin Again's "Lost Stars" which was co-written by Greg Kurstin (The Bird & the Bee) and former child actress Danielle Brisebois; "Grateful" (written by vet Diane Warren) from Beyond the Lights; and "Glory" from Selma (performed by John Legend and Common) which won the Golden Globe for Best Song last weekend. The Best Score nominees include onetime 4AD and Fatcat signee Jóhann Jóhannsson's work on The Imitation Game which won the Golden Globe.
Find out who wins February 22 when Neil Patrick Harris hosts the 87th Annual Academy Awards, live on ABC. Full list of 2015 Oscar nominations are below...
New Orleans Jazz Fest, which has much more than just jazz, returns this year for two weeks, April 24-26 and April 30-May 3. The lineup includes Elton John, The Who, Jimmy Buffett, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, No Doubt, Pitbull (??), T.I., Chicago, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ryan Adams, Wilco, The Meters, Jimmy Cliff, Buddy Guy, Allen Toussaint, The O'Jays, Dr. John (interpreting Louis Armstrong), Third World, Taj Mahal Trio, Juvenile & Mannie Fresh, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Big Freedia, Galactic ft. Macy Gray, Anders Osborne, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Sturgill Simpson, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, and more. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM on Tuesday (1/13).
Full lineup below...
It's awards season and this morning the 2015 The Golden Globes nominations were released and there are a few familiar names in the two music categories:
Lana Del Rey: "Big Eyes" (Big Eyes)And Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, working again with David Fincher this time for Gone Girl, is among the nominees in the Best Original Score category:
John Legend, Common: "Glory" (Selma)
Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye: "Mercy Is" (Noah)
Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler, Will Gluck: "Opportunity" (Annie)
Lorde: "Yellow Flicker Beat" (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1)
Alexandre Desplat: The Imitation GameAmong the non-music nominees, Iñárritu's Birdman led with seven nominations, and HBO's True Detective and FX's Fargo (both in the mini-series category) led in television with four and five nominations, respectively. The enigmatic Hollywood Foreign Press Association will hand out the Golden Globes to winners on January 11 at the televised ceremony hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
Jóhann Jóhannsson: The Theory of Everything
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross: Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez: Birdman
Hans Zimmer: Interstellar
Stream all five Golden Globe nominees for Best Original Song Motion Picture and check out the full list of 2015 nominations, below...
This year, the 2015 Grammy nominations are being revealed gradually on CBS This Morning. A few categories have already been announced, with a lot more on the way, and we'll have to wait for tonight's A Very Grammy Christmas special to find out the Album of the Year nominees. Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Beck, Black Keys, Ryan Adams, Jack White, Beyonce (now the most Grammy-nominated woman), Pharrell, Schoolboy Q, Drake, Eminem, Disclosure, Duke Dumont, Basement Jaxx, James Franco, Aphex Twin, Little Dragon, Royksopp & Robyn, Arctic Monkeys, Mastodon, Motorhead, Alt-J, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Sam Smith, Haim, Sia, Coldplay, Robert Glasper, Sharon Jones, Jhene Aiko, Tom Petty, U2 and more have already been announced. Stay tuned for more announcements and check out the list so far, below.
UPDATE: Full list of nominations (
except Album of the Year) now up at GRAMMY.com. Several of the categories are also listed below.
UPDATE 2: Album of the Year nominees announced. See below.
The awards ceremony happens February 8, 2015.
Rosanne Cash is playing The Town Hall on March 18. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
SOHN is playing Bowery Ballroom on May 9 and Rough Trade on May 10. Tickets for those shosw go on sale today at noon.
John Legend is playing BAM on May 31. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Pharrell is opening for Bruno Mars at MSG on July 14 and 15. Tickets for that show go on sale Monday 2/3 at 10 AM.
Rhett Miller, Flight Facilities, Suzanne Vega, Leif Vollebekk, Ikonika, Mas Ysa, Deerhoof, DIIV & more tickets went on sale today too.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
Paul McCartney at Barclays Center in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
We already knew that Daft Punk would be performing at the 56th Grammy Awards ceremony and that they're bringing Stevie Wonder, Pharrell and Nile Rodgers with them, and now the Grammy performances have gotten even more exciting.
And in other Beatles news, there had been talk, via Huffington Post, of Paul and Ringo reuniting at the Ed Sullivan Theater for a 'Late Show with David Letterman' episode to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first night the Beatles performed there, but a 'Late Show' rep said the show has no plans for a reunion at the moment, though confirmed that the show will recognize the anniversary.
Black Keys at Central Park in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The Super Bowl weekend concerts in NYC keep coming. After already announcing Red Hot Chili Peppers at Barclays Center, Foo FIghters on the Bud Light Hotel cruise, The Roots on that same cruise, and others, three more concerts, billed as The Evenings With Legends, were announced today.
The next night, Band of Horses play McKittrick Hotel (1/30), which is a one-off ahead of their upcoming acoustic tour which hits NYC for a sold-out show on 2/28 at Town Hall.
And lastly, the Black Keys will headline the soon-to-close Roseland Ballroom on January 31. No ticket links for any of these shows yet.
NPR Music posted their 50 Favorite Albums of 2013, and as usual it included a lot of classical, jazz, world music, but also many of the indie/pop/rap/metal that shows up on these lists like Bill Callahan, Blood Orange, Chance the Rapper, Deafheaven, Flaming Lips, Haim, James Blake, Kanye West, Laura Marling, Run the Jewels, Sky Ferreira, Waxahatchee and more. Their list is in alphabetical order, and you can browse the full thing below.
The Stepkids are playing Mercury Lounge on September 10. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon. General on-sale begins Friday (7/26) at noon.
Drowners are playing Mercury Lounge on August 17. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon. General on-sale begins Friday (7/26) at noon.
Zion I are playing Mercury Lounge on September 9. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon. General on-sale begins Friday (7/26) at noon.
J. Roddy Walston & the Business are playing Bowery Ballroom on November 2. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon. General on-sale begins Friday (7/26) at noon.
John Legend is playing Beacon Theatre on October 28. Tickets to that show go on general and VIP Packages presale today at 11 AM, with a general on-sale starting Friday (7/26) at 11 AM.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
As mentioned, Lil Wayne and T.I. are going on a tour which hits the NYC-area on July 19 at Jones Beach, July 24 at PNC Bank Arts Center, and July 31 at Comcast Theatre. Inititally, Future was said to be opening those shows, but it will actually be 2 Chainz on the Jones Beach and PNC Bank Arts Center shows, and Tyga on the Comcast Theatre show. Ticket info for the shows has also been posted. General and VIP package on-sale begins Saturday (5/4) at 10 AM, Fan Club/VIP Packages presale begin today at 10 AM, and a Citi Cardmember presale begins Thursday (5/2) at 10 AM.
Toronto shoegazers Beliefs released their self titled debut LP this past March and went on a tour that was supposed to hit Brooklyn's Shea Stadium that same month. Unfortunately, they had to cancel that show, but they are now set to come to the venue on May 30 with Slowdance. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Cayucas is playing Mercury Lounge on July 5. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon.
Shugo Tokumaru and Mirah are playing Bowery Ballroom on July 11. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon.
PAPA is playing Mercury Lounge on June 17. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon.
Needs more punk rock. Check it out on Spotify and listed below...
The Rockaways, post-Sandy (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Join We Care NYC, Reshma Saujani and our partners: Google, John Legend, New York Tech Meetup, Viacommunity, Uber, Popchips, Flavorpill, Enstitute, Levo League, Press Play Productions, Pencils of Promise, Agent of Change, LocalResponse, PlumAlley.co, Sailthru, GoGirl Finance, AKILA WORKSONGS, Women Innovate Mobile Accelerator, Office of Congressman Gregory Meeks, Councilman Leroy Comrie, James Sanders, Ruben Wills, Donavan Richards, Eddie Stern & Ashtanga Yoga, Deepak Chopra & Chopra Foundation, Beauty Cares, One World Academy, Russell Simmons, Cure Violence EastNy/Man Up, inc. and I Love My LIFEThe location is Thrift Way Strip Mall Parking Area - 2052 Mott Avenue, Far Rockaway, NY 11691. More info HERE.
We've organized a day of advocacy in Far Rockaway to aid those who continue to suffer in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and we need your help.
Want to join us but don't know how to get there? Uber is sponsoring FREE transportation between Manhattan and our volunteer site at 2052 Mott Avenue. They'll send cars to pick us up at 8am from 37 W. 28th St (28th St. btw Broadway and 6th Ave) and take us and our supplies to Far Rockaway where we'll get started at 9am.
NOTE: Uber is generously transporting over 200 of us tomorrow! If you haven't emailed firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your ride, we can't promise transportation tomorrow.
If you have items to donate, please bring them with you to distribute!
EQUIPMENT: Flashlights, Batteries, Battery powered radios, Battery powered clock radios,
COLD WEATHER CLOTHING (NEW ONLY!!): Blankets, Sweatshirts/Hoodies, Fleece Jackets, Coats, Gloves, Scarves, Socks, Boots
FOR THE KIDS: Books, Notebooks, School supplies, Bookbags/Backpacks, Games, Toys
SUPPLIES: Paper Towels, Plastic garbage bags, Bathroom tissue, Hand sanitizer, Soap, Toothpaste + toothbrushes, Deodorant, Moisturizing lotion, Feminine products, Household cleaning products, Rubber cleaning gloves, Baby diapers and baby wipes
FOOD: Anything non-perishable, Breakfast Bars, Protein bars, Crackers, Chips, Cookies, Canned spaghetti, Canned tuna, Canned meats, Canned vegetables, Juice boxes
Check out the video below...
John Legend on National Voter Registration Day
John Legend says:
Hey beautiful people,John Legend was to be the first performer to play the Cushman & Wakefield Theater within the Barclays Center on October 29 which isn't happening now, and there doesn't appear to be any other "theater" shows on Barclays schedule for now. (though note: The Borgata Spa and Resort Event Center show in Atlantic City, NJ on Saturday October 27, 2012 is happening as originally scheduled.)
I'm writing with a change of plans to share with you. As you all know, I've been working on my new album, Love in the Future, with Kanye and the rest of my creative team for a while now. I planned to release the album this Fall and go on tour to perform new songs from the album. We announced the dates before we'd finished the album because we were sure we'd finish the album in time. But, unfortunately, while the creative process has been exciting and I'm pretty certain we're going to deliver the best album of my career so far, the timing hasn't adhered to the schedule I originally envisioned. In other words, we're not done with the album. And my team and I have made the agonizing decision to put off the tour until 2013* when we know we will have the new music done and will be ready to fully unveil the creative vision through the album and the live experience.
I've never postponed a tour or done anything like this before. I've only missed a show due to illness a couple times in my eight-year career. I don't like letting my fans down, and I sincerely regret disappointing the thousands of you who have already spent your hard-earned money and gotten excited to see the show. Please know that we will try our best to make the music and the 2013 tour well worth the wait. In the meantime, ticket holders can get a refund on your ticket purchases now.
Thanks for your patience. I sincerely apologize if I've let any of you down. I'm going to get back to work and make sure we make this album the "best you've ever had."
John Legend's tour opener was to be 2013 Mercury Prize nominee Lianne La Havas who is currently trying to put some headlining shows together in the wake of the tour cancellation. Stay tuned.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Dave Grohl, Neil Young & Dan Auerbach / Olivia Wilde / Band of Horses, Global Festival, 9/29/2012
A crowd of 60,000 strong showed up at the Great Lawn in Central Park yesterday (9/29) for Global Festival, a concert to raise awareness about (and funds to help) global hunger, featuring names like Neil Young, Foo Fighters, Black Keys, Band of Horses and K'naan:
The acts seemed especially stunned by the size of the Central Park crowd. "This event is so great, I can't get over it," marveled Band of Horses frontman Ben Bridwell. Auerbach was similarly moved: "What an amazing thing, it feels great up here," he said. The Keys proceded to fill the giant space with their fast, fuzzed-out riffs, Auerbach buzzing across the stage during cuts like "Howlin for You" and "Money Maker," backed by Patrick Carney's tight grooves. The highlight? When 60,000 fans clapped during the furious breakdown of "I Got Mine," and Auerbach lost himself in the monster riff.The evening ended with an incendiary set from the great Neil Young, who closed the festivities with a 10-minute version of "Rockin' In The Free World" featuring Dave Grohl and Dan Auerbach. If you missed it, although Foo Fighters probably won't be around the block any time soon, you can catch Neil Young on his upcoming tour that hits both MSG and Barclays Center before the end of 2012.
Dave Grohl launched the Foo Fighters' set with a mellow solo version of "Times Like These," before the band kicked in raucously and Grohl bounced across each end of the stage headbanging. Grohl seemed most psyched to be there out of anyone, letting out several throaty howls and leading huge sing-alongs on "My Hero" to "All My Life."...Grohl seemed determined to savor every moment; at one point, he made it clear that this would be the band's last show for a while. "I wish we could play all night - but I'd rather see Neil Young," he said. "We don't have any shows after this. This is where we play as many songs as we can in a short period of time, because, honestly, I don't know when we're gonna do it again." -[Rolling Stone]
Pictures of that collaboration as well as all bands and cameos from Olivia Wilde, Selena Gomez, John Legend and more, are below.
by Andrew Sacher
After much delay, rumors proved true and false, and some uncertain info, Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music compilation album, Cruel Summer, is fully confirmed and will be out this Tuesday (9/18). Many of its tracks -- "Clique," "Mercy," "New God Flow," "Cold" (previously titled "Theraflu"), and his guest-filled remix of Chief Keef's "I Don't Like" -- have been floating around the internet for some time now. You can stream all of those and snippets of every album track below.
Though Kanye only actually raps on about half the album, his presence is felt throughout and Cruel Summer succeeds at playing from start to finish with an album flow, despite it technically being a compilation. It opens as huge as you expect any Kanye related release to open, addressing the album not just to his fans, friends or family, but of course, "To The World." The track brings together beat master Hudson Mohawke (who's been having a great year as one half of TNGHT) with R. Kelly and Ye. It immediately follows with the album's strongest track, "Clique," which features one of the best Jay-Z verses in recent years and a towering beat from Hit-Boy, who is also behind Cruel Summer tracks "Cold," "Higher," and of course you may know him as the guy behind "Niggas In Paris."
After it continues colossally with previously released singles "Mercy" and "New God Flow," we get the first track on the album without Kanye's voice, "The Morning." However, there's no lack of all-star rappers on the track. We get killer verses from vets Pusha T, Common, and Raekwon, and if guys like Kid Cudi and 2 Chainz are your thing, well they're there too. Cudi, though not the strongest of Kanye associates, does have a shining moment on the album though. Over a clattering beat in "Creepers," he delivers a solo vocal performance making for a rare standout personal moment from not-Kanye in the midst of Ye's encapsulating ego. That's followed by "Bliss," which sees the return of Hudson Mohawke to the boards and is the album's sole track with all singing, no rapping. A distinct contrast to the hanging out and freestyling feel of the closing "I Don't Like" remix.
Streams and tracklist are below.
Artist rendering of Cushman & Wakefield Theater
R&B crooner and frequent Real Time with Bill Maher guest John Legend, whose 2010 album, Wake Up!, was a collaboration with The Roots and who we recently spotted checking out Frank Ocean at Terminal 5, will be the first artist to play the Cushman & Wakefield Theater, an "intimate theater" within the Barclays Center complex, on October 29. Intimate compared to Barclays Arena at least, the theater seats 3500 - 6000 people. Tickets to John Legend's show go on sale Friday (8/17) at noon.
That show is with UK singer Lianne La Havas, who made BBC's 'Sound of 2012' list and opened for Bon Iver in Chicago (and other dates) in 2011. She also plays her own NYC show on September 11 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets).
The Cushman & Wakefield Theater show is of many dates on John Legend's upcoming fall tour, which also hits the NYC area on October 25 at Wellmont Theatre with Stacy Barthe. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/17) at noon. Tickets for the shows will also be available through Tickets-for-Charity, which will donate $1 from each ticket sold to The Show Me Campaign.
John will be using his fall tour to preview cuts from his new Kanye West-produced album, Love in the Future, which is out in the near future, actual release date TBD. You can watch a short video of John announcing the tour and talking about the album at the bottom of this post.
Meanwhile, the Barclays Center opens on September 28 with eight shows by venue director Jay-Z.
A list of all John Legend tour dates and that video are below.
Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz, who has been making guest appearances for years and has a few mixtapes to his name as well, is set to release his first official album, Based on a T.R.U. Story, this week (8/14) via Def Jam. The album features guest spots from Kanye West, Drake, Nicki MInaj, Lil Wayne, The-Dream, John Legend, Scarface, and more. You can check out some streams and videos from the album and the cover art and tracklist below.
2 Chainz has some upcoming dates in support of the new album. His only live date in the NYC area is Rock the Bells, which he plays on September 1 at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ, but he'll be in NYC on Thursday (8/16) to sign autographs of the new album at J&R Music and Computer World (23 Park Row) at 6 PM. "Purchase the CD beginning 8/14 & receive a wristband to meet 2 Chainz on 8/16. While supplies last."
That same night (8/16), there will also be an official album release party for Based on a T.R.U. Story at Webster Hall for a Girls Night Out party (ladies free all night). No word on whether or not 2 Chainz will actually be showing up, but if he's in NYC for that autograph signing, it seems likely. The flier for this party is below.
UPDATE: Though Webster Hall is still open Thursday night, the 2 Chainz event is cancelled.
A list of all dates, videos, streams, and more below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Jack White / Bassnectar fans
Mallory Bolyard, 25, of Townsend, was planning to go to Firefly Music Festival whether her friends were going or not. And although she has some friends here, a lot of them are only interested in concerts with big names that they like. They're not as interested in discovering new music. Her mom is, though, so the two hit the three-day festival together. Mallory was excited to see the festival come to her home state. "It's the first major concert in Delaware besides the State Fair, which is basically country," she said. [DelawareOnline.com]The Firefly Music Festival is going on this weekend in Dover, DE, a city and state not used to such musical excitement. Day one, Friday, 7/20, gave us sets from Jack White, Silversun Pickups, The Wallflowers, John Legend, Bassnectar, OK Go, Blind Pilot, and more. The rain was on and off all day and by Jack White's headlining set, it turned into a downpour.
Here are some pictures from that day (with Saturday and Sunday on the way soon). More below..
Firefly Music Festival goes down in Dover, Delaware from July 20-22 (which is only about a three hour drive from NYC). The lineup includes Jack White, The Flaming Lips, Passion Pit, The Black Keys, Polica, Cults, Death Cab for Cutie, Ra Ra Riot, The Felice Brothers, Mariachi El Bronx, Silversun Pickups, Lupe Fiasco, The Head and the Heart, Heartless Bastards, The Killers, John Legend, Bassnectar, Girl Talk, and more. Tickets for the fest are on sale now, and camping is available.
No schedule yet, but the full announced lineup is below...
photos by Chris La Putt
After a 10-year hiatus from the North American concert stage, Sade came. She sang. She danced. She looked radiant. She conquered.Sade & John Legends's ongoing tour hit Nassau Coliseum on 6/21,
With the hypnotic sound of her elegant, alluring pipes unfolding in serene sonic tapestries of neo-soul, jazz and pop, the 52-year-old Nigerian-born, British-raised Helen Folasade Adu (aka Sade) first seduced music lovers in 1984 with "Diamond Life." And despite more than 25 years passing since her stellar debut, this sexy, exotic chanteuse with the silky, smooth operator voice and cool Anglo-soul is as entrancing as ever, as evident throughout her two-hour, 22-song set Wednesday night at TD Garden that included plenty of highlights, as well as a one-song encore. [Telegram]
Izod Center on 6/24, and the Prudential Center on 6/25. Pictures from the latter, the setlists from all three NYC-area shows, and a just-released video for new song "Love is Found" from Sade's 'Ultimate Collection' (out now), below...
"Sade is back with The Ultimate Collection. In addition to classic Sade songs, the must-have album will include three new, never-before heard songs including "Moon & The Sky" (featuring Jay-Z). Here for the first time, fans can find all of their favorite Sade classics from their most iconic albums including songs from the Best Of collection and the greatest hits off of Lover's Rock and Soldier Of Love.The track listing for The Ultimate Collection, out May 3rd, will be revealed shortly.New Sade/John Legend dates include Pittsburgh, CT, and third shows in Chicago and LA. NYC still has none though the previously announced set of dates include two in NJ and one in Long Island. All dates below...
Pre-orders of the album begin today at Sade.com, and fans who pre-order The Ultimate Collection will have exclusive early access to tickets beginning March 30th for the newly announced dates in select markets.
Tickets for the newly announced dates go on sale to the public beginning April 2nd at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com. For Facebook pre-sale codes, announcements and on-sale dates, visit Sade's Facebook events page."
And the nominees for "Album of the Year" are:
* The Suburbs by Arcade FireCrazy.
* Recovery by Eminem
* Need You Now by Lady Antebellum
* The Fame Monster by Lady Gaga
* Teenage Dream by Katy Perry
Also funny: Mumford & Sons are up for Best New Artist against Justin Bieber (and Drake, Florence & The Machine, and Esperanza Spalding)
Robyn is up for Best Dance Recording against Lady Gaga (and Goldfrapp, La Roux, and Rihanna).
Arcade Fire are also nominated for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals against Muse, Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, and... Jeff Beck & Joss Stone.
The Black Keys also landed in the "Best Rock Instrumental Performance" along with... Dave Matthews.
The Black Keys and Mumford & Sons and Kings of Leon and Muse are also all in the "Best Rock Song" category.
"Best Alternative Album" category:
* The Suburbs by Arcade FireSo they give that to Arcade Fire, since Lady Gaga will probably get Album of the Year, or maybe Arcade Fire will just get screwed and they'll give it to someone on a major.
* Infinite Arms by Band Of Horses
* Brothers by The Black Keys
* Broken Bells by Broken Bells
* Contra by Vampire Weekend
Other names that got nominated: Cee-Lo, Janelle Monae, Big Boi, John Legend & The Roots, Jay-Z, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, Flight of the Conchords, Devendra Banhart (for "Best Recording Package"), Oh No Ono (ditto), Anais Mitchell (ditto), Danger Mouse, Gorillaz, and Carol Burnett. Full list at the Grammys site.
"Great show. Though, totally unnecessary 3+ hour wait to get in." - Anonymous
Nicki Minaj & Kanye West @ Bowery Ballroom (photo by Questlove)
Kanye West played his entire new album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy from start to finish, followed by a four song encore Tuesday night at the intimate Bowery Ballroom in NYC where Kanye literally brought in "all of the lights" (there were lots of lights). The show started with people who weren't Diddy (he walked right in) waiting on a long line. The show ended with Kanye going on a rant about racism, George Bush, Taylor Swift, the Today Show, etc. Audio of that final portion can be streamed below.
Album guest stars Kid Cudi, Raekwon, Jay-Z and RZA were nowhere to be found, but Terena Taylor, Bon Iver aka Justin Vernon (who might appear again with Kanye in the Thanksgiving Day Parade), Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj (who plays Hammerstein Ballroom on Thanksgiving), Pusha T, Prynce Cy Hi, Swizz Beatz, and John Legend (whose friend Questlove was in the balcony taking pictures) all performed at the show that started around 12:40am and was was over by around 2:15. Full setlist, videos and that audio below...