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Kanye West

Kanye West already revealed that he'd premiere his new album Waves in its entirety on February 11 at Madison Square Garden, for his Yeezy Season 3 event taking place during New York Fashion Week. Now he's revealed that it will include a performance by his past collaborator, Italian performance artist Vanessa Beecroft. He's also put tickets on sale for the screenings of the event in theaters worldwide. Tickets for U.S. theaters aren't on sale yet, but they're expected to be on sale soon and coincide with the album pre-order. Tickets to attend the event are also still not on sale.

UPDATE (2/3): Tickets to attend the event are now on AmEx presale. Regular sale starts Thursday (2/4) at 10 AM. Each ticket comes with a digital download of the new album.

Since we last spoke, more guest appearances for the album have been hinted at. The TeamKanyeDaily Twitter reveals Andre 3000, Puff Daddy, Kid Cudi, Tyler the Creator, 2 Chainz, DJDS, Cyhi The Prynce, Kirk Franklin and more are likely on the album. That's in addition to previously-revealed guests Kendrick Lamar, Ty Dolla $ign, A$AP Rocky, Chance the Rapper, Earl Sweatshirt, The-Dream and Swizz Beatz.

Kanye also plays SNL on February 13 and Governors Ball in June.

UPDATE (2/4): You can now get tickets to stream the event in US theaters and pre-order the album here. It's also listed as untitled, so maybe it's not called Waves after all.

Kanye West

Kanye West will debut his new album WAVES (fka SWISH, fka So Help Me God) in NYC on February 11 at MSG. Two days later, he has more NYC plans: he'll perform on Saturday Night Live on February 13. (Melissa McCarthy is hosing the episode.) Going by past SNL appearances, we can pretty much be assured something wild will go down. Melissa McCarthy (of Gilmore Girls, the upcoming Ghostbusters remake and more) will host the episode.

Kanye returns to NYC for Governors Ball in June.

Watch him play Waves track "Wolves" on SNL in 2015, below...

Continue reading "Kanye West will play SNL two days after 'WAVES' comes out"

photo: Hannibal Buress at Terminal 5 in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)
Hannibal Buress

Like BrooklynVegan, British R&B band Jungle and others, comedian Hannibal Buress now has a Spotify In Residence show. Like the others, the premise is that the show curator picks a handful of songs and then talks about whatever they'd like in between. On his new show, Hannibal tells Billboard: "I'm excited for this opportunity to change lives and inspire people with my choice of songs. I haven't had such an influential platform since my 2008 appearance on Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen. Thank you."

His first show is out now, and has music from Raekwon, Busta Rhymes, A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, Kanye West, Eminem, K-Ci & JoJo, Cam'Ron, Lupe Fiasco, T.I., OutKast, Kelis, Lil Kim, Green Day and Lil Wayne. If you're a premium Spotify user, you can hear the whole thing below (free users can hear the music but not the talking segments).

The first and second episodes of the BrooklynVegan show are live, and the third episode is NOW HERE TOO. coming very soon. Stay tuned!

Continue reading "Hannibal Buress joins BrooklynVegan, Jungle & others as a Spotify artist 'In Residence'"

by Andrew Sacher

Rihanna

Earlier this week, Rihanna tweeted that she was listening to her much-delayed new album ANTI, implying its release was imminent. Billboard then said it'd be out this week, and earlier tonight a TIDAL user noticed that it was (probably accidentally) uploaded to the streaming service. It was quickly taken down, but not before TIDAL users were able to leak it.

The leak reveals a few interesting things about this record. It doesn't feature any of last year's singles, including the great "Bitch Better Have My Money" (or "FourFiveSeconds" or "American Oxygen"). It does include the Drake collaboration "Work" that came out today (not her first Drake collab, of course) and that explains why she called it ANTI's lead single earlier. Also, unless a really good Rihanna impostor threw this in the leak, it includes a cover of Tame Impala's "New Person, Same Old Mistakes" (retitled "Same Ol' Mistakes"), the last track on last year's Currents. This means RiRi turned down a Grimes song but would've happily taken a Tame Impala song.

The only credited guest aside from Drake is SZA on opening track "Consideration," though The Weeknd, The-Dream and Travi$ Scott all worked on "Woo." Producers include DJ Mustard ("Needed Me"), Timbaland ("Yeah, I Said It"), No I.D. ("Higher"), Boi-1da ("Work"), and more. As reported last year, the album was executive produced by Kanye West (whose own new album has quite the saga surrounding it this week as well). Listen to rips of "Work" and the Tame Impala cover, with the tracklist, below. Update: Streams removed.

UPDATE: Now that it leaked, the album is officially out. You can listen here if you have TIDAL (and otherwise you can hear samples). And that Tame Impala cover is in fact real.

UPDATE 2: It's now a free download for a limited time only, using the code ANTI.

UPDATE 3 (1/28): The deluxe edition is out now with three bonus tracks: "Goodnight Gotham," "Pose," and "Sex With Me." "Goodnight Gotham" is a remix of Florence + the Machine's song "Only If For A Night."

This probably won't be a surprise, but early listens reveal that much of it is in the vein of atmospheric R&B that's dominated both pop and indie for a few years now. And more so than her other recent releases, it feels built to be an "album album," as superstar albums in the post-Yeezus/The 20/20 Experience/BEYONCÉ world often are. (Her last, 2012's Unapologetic, came out before those three did.) It's pretty good stuff to these ears. What do you think?

As previously mentioned, Rihanna is touring with Travi$ Scott in support of the album. It hits NYC on March 27 and 30 at Barclays Center. Tickets for those shows are still available.

Continue reading "Rihanna's 'ANTI' is out now, includes a Tame Impala cover and a Drake collab, but not "BBHMM" (free download)"

Kanye West

Kanye West's new album Swish is due out February 11, and Hip Hop n More reports that he'll debut it in its entirety at Madison Square Garden. It's part of Yeezy Season 3. It's not clear if he's performing music live, but you may remember he debuted "Wolves" at Yeezy Season 1 and "Fade" at Yeezy Season 2, both with very elaborate stage shows.

UPDATE: Free tickets to attend the MSG show go on sale Friday (1/29) at 10 AM, with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (1/27) at 10 AM and a venue presale starting Thursday (1/28) at 10 AM. (Update: The ticket link was taken down.)

UPDATE (2/3): Tickets to attend the event are now on AmEx presale. Regular sale starts Thursday (2/4) at 10 AM. Each ticket comes with a digital download of the new album.

Yeezy Season 3 will also be broadcast in theaters worldwide at 4 PM EST. Tickets are already on sale for German theaters, and more locations will be available soon.

He also headlines NYC's Governors Ball in June and surely has something wild up his sleeve for that.

UPDATE 2: Kanye has tweeted some clarification on Swish. "This is not album of the year. This is album of the life."

UPDATE 3: The album isn't called Swish anymore:


UPDATE 4: Kanye shares updated tracklist, hinting that A$AP Rocky, The-Dream and Swizz Beatz are on the album:


UPDATE 5: A new tracklist, this time hinting at Chance the Rapper and Earl Sweatshirt's involvement:

Also, this:

by Andrew Sacher

Young Thug

Young Thug is set to follow his Slime Season and Slime Season 2 mixtapes with the third installment, Slime Season 3, and he just revealed the release date: February 5. Meanwhile, possibly unrelated to SS3, Thugger hooked back up with "Stoner" producer Dun Deal for the new song "Top Notch." This one's way more of a straight-up club banger than the weirdo-rap of "Stoner," but Thug can pull this sound off too. It features Young Dro and additional production from Niko The Kid. Check it out below.

There are also hints being dropped that Young Thug may appear on Kanye West's Swish, due February 11. Chance the Rapper is also rumored, and Kendrick Lamar and Ty Dolla $ign are confirmed. As you've quite possibly heard, 'Ye posted the handwritten tracklist last night with the message, "So happy to be finished with the best album of all time." It features previous singles "Wolves," "Fade," "Real Friends," and "No More Parties In LA." Check out the whole thing below.

Thug was already rumored to be on Rihanna's new album, ANTI, and as we learned this morning, that one's (probably) done now too. See RiRi's tweet below...

Continue reading "Young Thug reveals 'Slime Season 3' release date, shares "Top Notch," rumored to be on Kanye West's 'Swish'"

by Andrew Sacher

Lady Leshurr

Erykah Badu isn't the only person to remix Kanye West's "Real Friends" with her own vocals. Rising British MC Lady Leshurr just did too. She gets real personal on this one, revealing things like "I couldn't be there when my auntie was in hospital, I couldn't be there when they laid her down to rest" and "I caught my father cheating on my mom in her bed with her best friend." It's even more proof that Lady Leshurr is super promising. Check it out below.

Lady Leshurr makes her NYC debut on February 6 at Gramercy Theatre with Jubilee (tickets), and then plays SXSW.

Earlier today, Kanye released "No Parties In LA" (feat. Kendrick Lamar, prod. Madlib), the followup single to "Real Friends."

Continue reading "Lady Leshurr remixes Kanye West's "Real Friends" (listen)"

by Andrew Sacher

Kacy Hill

We still haven't heard that Kanye / James Blake collaboration, but Kanye did sign a very James Blake-ish artist to his G.O.O.D. Music label: Kacy Hill, the model/singer who was a backup dancer on the Yeezus tour. This past fall, she dropped the Bloo EP on G.O.O.D. Music, which features the lead single "Foreign Fields" that has minimal production right out of the James Blake songbook. "Arm's Length" is a bit more arena-ready, sounding closer to something like Florence + the Machine, and "Shades of Blue" is right in the middle of those two sounds. You can stream the whole EP (via Spotify) and check out the video for "Foreign Fields" below.

Kacy is set to open on tour for Jack Garratt, the UK artist who has gotten both James Blake and Ed Sheeran comparisons and is the frontrunner for the BBC Sound of 2016 poll. That tour hits NYC on February 29 at Bowery Ballroom and March 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Both are sold out, but if you've got tickets already it's worth showing up early to catch Kacy's set.

All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Kacy Hill released 'Bloo' on G.O.O.D. Music, touring with Jack Garratt (dates, video)"

by Andrew Sacher

Kanye West

Last week, Kanye West previewed a sample of the Kendrick Lamar-featuring, Madlib-produced "No More Parties In LA" and now the whole thing is here (a few days after Friday, for which it was originally promised). It's soulful-Kanye that sounds more like his pre-808s days than what he'd been up to more recently (not counting "Bound 2"), and it shouldn't really come as a surprise that Kendrick steals the show. Listen below.

His new album, Swish, is due February 11, and Kanye will be in NYC to headline Governors Ball in June.

Continue reading "Kanye West shares full "No More Parties In LA" (ft. Kendrick Lamar, prod. Madlib)"

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Paul McCartney David Bowie

We already posted Tony Visconti, Iggy Pop, Florence + the Machine, The Mountain Goats, Questlove and Cyndi Lauper's tributes to the late, great David Bowie, and other artists have written tributes as well. Paul McCartney (pictured with Bowie above) writes:

Very sad news to wake up to on this raining morning. David was a great star and I treasure the moments we had together. His music played a very strong part in British musical history and I'm proud to think of the huge influence he has had on people all around the world.

"I send my deepest sympathies to his family and will always remember the great laughs we had through the years. His star will shine in the sky forever.

Bowie Jagger

The Rolling Stones posted tweets reading: "The Rolling Stones are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend David Bowie. As well as being a wonderful and kind man, he was an extraordinary artist, and a true original." Mick Jagger added, "David was always an inspiration to me and a true original. He was wonderfully shameless in his work. We had so many good times together. He was my friend, I will never forget him," and posted the above pic.

Brian May of Queen wrote:

I woke up late, after a long night, to shocking news. David Bowie gone.

I don't know if I can react immediately.

He was a fearsome talent, and the loss to Music and Culture from his passing is inestimable.

In and out of our lives, always challenging and innovative, and ... shocking.

But this news is hard to take in.

I had no idea he was close to death. Would like to have said something ...

Very sad. Sincere condolences to his family.

But what a life.

All hail, David Bowie, Star Man, Hero. RIP

Jarvis Cocker of Pulp, who were clearly heavily influenced by Bowie, talked to BBC 6Music:
He was like an umbrella for people who felt a bit different. Bowie was like a like a lighthouse that guided those people and made them feel it was alright to be different, to try things out and dye your hair and wear strange clothes. I think people feel it very personally because he was very important in how people grew up.

I do think it's quite amazing that he put this record out and managed to keep it secret that he was ill. People should watch that 'Blackstar' video and listen to that song. It's like he's saying goodbye to everybody, he's controlling it.

We can all talk about David Bowie. I think the best thing to do on this day would be to listen to him, and to watch films of him and just see what a fantastic artist he was and how many different guises he had, and the incredible amount of work that he did.

Obviously it's a sad day that he's died, but the fact that he managed to stay in control of that image and make another artistic statement when he was obviously ill and knew that he was dying, I think that's incredible and it makes me feel quite happy that he stayed creative right to the end of his life. I think that can only be inspirational."

Brian Eno

Brian Eno (pictured with Bowie above) said in a statement via BBC:

David's death came as a complete surprise, as did nearly everything else about him. I feel a huge gap now.

We knew each other for over 40 years, in a friendship that was always tinged by echoes of Pete and Dud. Over the last few years - with him living in New York and me in London - our connection was by email. We signed off with invented names: some of his were mr showbiz, milton keynes, rhoda borrocks and the duke of ear.

About a year ago we started talking about Outside - the last album we worked on together. We both liked that album a lot and felt that it had fallen through the cracks. We talked about revisiting it, taking it somewhere new. I was looking forward to that.

I received an email from him seven days ago. It was as funny as always, and as surreal, looping through word games and allusions and all the usual stuff we did. It ended with this sentence: 'Thank you for our good times, brian. they will never rot'. And it was signed 'Dawn'.

I realise now he was saying goodbye.

Bowie Devo

Gerard Casale of Devo (pictured with Bowie at NYC's Max's Kansas City, from a 1970s issue of Rock Scene Magazine, above) wrote: "David Bowie was one of the greatest artists of all time. I feel privileged that I ever got to know him. He gave Devo his blessing. He remained true to his art until the end like I wanted so badly for us to do."

Nile Rodgers, who produced Bowie's hit 1983 album Let's Dance, paid tribute in The Guardian:

One day David said: "Nile, this is what I want my album to sound like," and he showed me a picture of Little Richard in a red suit getting into a red Cadillac convertible. How do you translate that?! But in actual fact I knew exactly what he meant, and that was the point I realised that David Bowie was the Picasso of rock'n'roll. He got uncomfortable with me calling him that but I did it anyway. Because I realised he saw the world in an abstract way, as well as in the way we all see it. And what that picture meant was not that he wanted a retro record, or something based on Little Richard's music, but that he wanted something that would always look modern. He showed me the future and the past and it was evergreen. The highly designed Cadillac and the red monochromatic suit - that picture was taken in the 1960s but it would still look modern to someone in the year 3000!
Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, writing for The Talkhouse, said:
When I went to see the David Bowie retrospective traveling the globe, which was then in Chicago, I discovered that he wanted to be a writer when he was a young, with no desire to be a performer. It made sense to me that he would approach performing and his persona from a conceptual practice, understanding the idea of projection, the back 'n' forth unspoken dialogue between performer and audience. There is no one who did it better than Bowie, breaking thru the glass ceiling of gender roles and expectations for what is sexy and charismatic as a rock 'n' roll icon, post John Wayne, bringing the idea of the "dandy" of eighteenth century France into contemporary life, bringing a focus on this new male identity set adrift with no apparent purpose since the demise of the silent cowboy type (who's going to protect and take care of us womenfolk?), except free to be whatever he could imagine he could be, and taking us, his audience, along with him. The world has lost its most glittery son but the music and the imprint of Bowie on the world is forever.
Sonic Youth also posted a video of them performing with Bowie (below)

J Mascis wrote: "I'll miss David Bowie so much. He was the only 60's rocker who seemed to know and care what was going on out of his generation, and made younger bands feel understood and relevant." He posted it along with a stream of Dinosaur Jr's cover of Bowie's "Quicksand," which you can hear below.

Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin said, "Bowie was an innovator, a unique artist with a vision that changed the face of popular music. He is greatly missed."

The Who tweeted, "Rest in peace @DavidBowieReal 1947-2016. With love, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey."

Peter Gabriel writes:

I was shocked to learn of David Bowie's death this morning. He meant so much to me and to so many.

He was a one-off, a brilliant outlier, always exploring, challenging and inspiring anyone who wanted to push the boundaries of music, art, fashion and society.

There are so few artists who can touch a generation as he did, we will miss him badly.

Long Live Lazarus.

Bernard Sumner of New Order writes: "Very shocked and saddened to watch the news this morning and hear about the death of David Bowie. I always looked up at him and thought yeah - he's the real deal, indisputably good, a figurehead for a whole host of musicians I'm sure. We've lost someone unique who can't be replaced."

Soft Cell's Marc Almond says, "It's not often I truly cry at the loss of an artist but I'm devastated. He meant so much. Goodbye David Bowie and our youth. We loved you. X"

Brian Wilson says, "I was shocked to hear today about David Bowie and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I was honored when David recorded "God Only Knows" - he was a great artist and will be missed.
- Love & Mercy, Brian"

Gary Numan tweeted, "A True Legend. David Bowie. RIP"

Yoko Ono John Lennon David Bowie

Yoko Ono posted the above photo and this message:

John and David respected each other. They were well matched in intellect and talent. As John and I had very few friends we felt David was as close as family.

After John died, David was always there for Sean and me. When Sean was at boarding school in Switzerland, David would pick him up and take him on trips to museums and let Sean hang out at his recording studio in Geneva.

For Sean this is losing another father figure. It will be hard for him, I know. But we have some sweet memories which will stay with us forever.

Sean adds, "Absolutely devastating news. I feel so lucky to have considered you a friend. R.I.P. Thank you for everything."

Rough Trade shops have announced that they're donating all January profits from Bowie recordings to cancer research.

Lou Reed is unfortunately not around to tell us what he thinks today, but we're sure he's greeting the "master" in the sky.

Also head HERE to read tributes by Arcade Fire, Deerhunter, Debbie Harry, Madonna, Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo and more.

See more from Talking Heads, Pixies, Sonic Youth, Courtney Love, Kanye West, El-P, Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl, St. VIncent, Arcade Fire's Win Butler, Billy Corgan and more, below...

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Kanye West at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Kanye West

We were just saying in today's rap roundup that Kanye West is supposedly releasing a new song every Friday starting today (1/8) ahead of his new album, Swish. So far it's looking true: he just released the new song "Real Friends" and a clip of another called "No More Parties in LA." The former features Ty Dolla $ign and was produced by Kanye (with samples of Frank Duke and Boi-1da), and the latter features Kendrick Lamar and was produced by Madlib. Complex points out that the Madlib collaboration dates back to the My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy sessions.

Like "Facts" suggested, "Real Friends" still sounds like he's loving that Drake & Future album, but plenty of the rapping (and lyrical content) could only come from Kanye West. The beat is pretty fantastic too. It was uploaded to Soundcloud and soon deleted, but someone ripped it and you can listen to that below.

Kanye was also just announced as a Governors Ball 2016 headliner, and Kendrick also just debuted his own great song.

UPDATE: Kanye clarifies on Twitter: "Un moment, there was a slight distortion in the main loop within Real Friends. It will be back up shortly. When it's back up all rippers please rip the new one instead."

UPDATE 2: It's back up, and you can listen below. Kanye says: "New version is up. Please please erase the old one I wasn't satisfied with the sound quality. I hope you have a nice weekend."

UPDATE 3: He tweeted that Swish comes out February 11!

Continue reading "Kanye West releases "Real Friends" & "No More Parties In LA" ft. Kendrick Lamar, prod. Madlib, reveals 'Swish' release date"

Governors Ball

The Governors Ball Music Festival, which happens June 3-5 at Randall's Island Park in NYC, has announced it's 2016 lineup which includes headliners Kanye West, the Strokes, and The Killers, plus Beck, Robyn, Death Cab for Cutie, M83, Haim, Chvrches, Father John Misty, Eagles of Death Metal, Purity Ring, Courtney Barnett, Jamie xx, Miike Snow, Bloc Party, Miguel, Big Grams, Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, De La Soul, Vince Staples, Against Me!, Bat for Lashes, Thundercat, Torres, Bully and more. Full lineup is listed below.

That'll make the second time that both The Strokes and Kanye West headline Governors Ball. Last time Kanye headlined, he debuted about half of his then-still-unreleased Yeezus, and he's got a new album on the way this year too. The Strokes have also said they're in the studio (though a new Strokes album is probably a lot less exciting than a new Kanye album).

Tickets are on sale now.

Continue reading "Governors Ball 2016 lineup announced (tix on sale)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Kid Cudi at 2015 Pemberton Fest (more by Chris & Rae Graham)
Kid Cudi

We're always posting about about a ton of rap, like the brand new Kendrick Lamar song, but still some stuff falls through the cracks. Here's a roundup of some recently-announced NYC rap shows and new songs that we've missed:

Kid Cudi plays Terminal 5 on February 10 (rescheduled from December 6). Tickets are on sale now, and all tickets purchased for 12/6 will be honored.

Tech N9ne is playing Irving Plaza on April 16 with his pals Krizz Kaliko, Rittz, Stevie Stone and Ces Cru. Tickets are on sale now.

Atlanta vets Arrested Development are returning to NYC on February 3 at BB King's. TIckets are on sale.

Slaughterhouse's Joe Budden does a live podcast on February 2 at SOB's. Tickets are available.

Brooklyn's influential Big Daddy Kane plays a MLK celebration on January 18 at BB King's. Tickets are available.

Previously-mentioned shows coming up in NYC include Oddisee, Maxwell & Nas, Future & Ty Dolla $ign, Fetty Wap, Rihanna & Travi$ Scott, Pusha T, A$AP Rocky & Joey Bada$$, A$AP Ferg & G-Eazy, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Migos, Rick Ross, Waka Flocka, The-Dream, Big Boi (DJ), Talib Kweli, Jimi Tents, Iamsu, Pell, GoldLink, Lil Reese, D.R.A.M., and more.

DJ Mustard

Now for some new music. DJ Mustard and Travi$ Scott teamed up for "Whole Lotta Lovin," which sounds quite possibly like DJ Mustard's next hit and it's probably my favorite Travi$ Scott song yet. Check it out below. DJ Mustard plays NYC tonight.

Fetty Wap brought his trademark sing-rapping to a remix of Selena Gomez's "Same Old Love," and he's not the first cool rapper she teamed up with on this album cycle. Listen below.

R&B vet Brandy released "Beggin & Pleadin," her first new song in four years, and it's got her howling over a trad-blues backdrop. It works, and it's certainly a change from the glossy synth-R&B of her last album.

Mick Jenkins dropped two new songs, "Grenade Theory" and "$3,000 Advice," both produced by THEMpeople and featuring theMIND. Those follow 2015's Wave[s] EP.

We also got solid new songs from Black Milk, Rockie Fresh, Domo Genesis, Rae Sremmurd, Smoke DZA & Manolo Rose, Curren$y and Boosie Badazz that you can hear below.

And we don't know if it's true yet, but Kim Kardashian tweeted a hint that Kanye West will be prefacing his new album Swish with a new song every Friday, starting today (1/8), like he did for 2010's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. He last released "Facts" on New Year's Eve. He also co-wrote and co-produced the new Sia song that came out this week.

UPDATE: Kanye did in fact release one and a half new songs, one featuring Kendrick Lamar and produced by Madlib.

Browse our Hip Hop section for even more. What else?

Continue reading "new music & upcoming NYC shows from DJ Mustard & Travi$ Scott, Brandy, Fetty Wap, Big Daddy Kane, Kid Cudi, more"

Spotify

2015 was one of the greatest years for new music in a while. Even if you're obsessive, you probably still have some catching up to do. We can try to help. Within the first two episodes of BrooklynVegan's new Spotify show (here and here), you'll hear some of our favorite music of the year. You'll find even more in our Favorite Albums of 2015 list, and browse our Best of 2015 tag for even more lists.

Probably not too surprisingly, BrooklynVegan lists didn't include any Ed Sheeran or Maroon 5, but also probably not surprising that those were two of the five most listened-to artists on Spotify in 2015. The other three were Kanye West, The Weeknd and Drake (the latter of which made our favorite albums list). That data and much more like it is what you'll find at Spotify Year in Music.

The Spotify Year In Music recap also pointed out that the year had some big comebacks. Missy Elliott was popular after guest starring at Katy Perry's Superbowl halftime show and finally releasing a new single. Streams of Amy Winehouse's music spiked 70% after the release of Amy. And people were glad to finally have D'Angelo back too.

Rap was extremely popular on Spotify this year, with all five of the top five albums and seven of the top ten coming from rappers. That's consistent with our recent suggestion that major label rap hit a massive peak in 2015. The most loyal fans of the year though, according to Spotify's data, were metal fans.

To see all of the Spotify Year In Music, or to get your own Year in Music based on your profile, visit the site here. Interested in finding out how popular a specific artist was? They have a page for that too.

Don't have a premium Spotify account yet? We've also got a giveaway package from Spotify, that includes a one-year premium subscription, one pair of Bose in-ear headphones, one Soundwave Canvas, and one $50 TicketMaster gift card. Head below to enter for a chance to win. Winners must be 18 years or older and live in the U.S..

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Sia at Webster Hall in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Sia

Sia has begun announcing what will be her first shows in five years, including Coachella and Flow Festival, which will support her new album This Is Acting (due January 29 via RCA). The album includes the brand new single "Reaper," which she co-wrote and co-produced with Kanye West. It's a big pop stomper, with Sia bringing her voice to a trill in an almost Zola Jesus-like way. Listen below.

Continue reading "Sia & Kanye West share new song "Reaper" (listen)"

photo: LCD Soundsystem at MSG in 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
LCD Soundsystem

The holidays are over and we're fully back in action here at BrooklynVegan. We hope you're having a great new year so far, and in case you missed some of the big news that came over the past couple weeks, here's a roundup of some reminders:

LCD Soundsystem, following rumors they'd reunite, released a new song on Christmas Eve called "Christmas Will Break Your Heart" and word is they will play Coachella 2016.

Guns N' Roses will play Coachella too. Still no word on their exact lineup, but it's been reported that Axl and Slash will both be involved.

UPDATE: Coachella 2016 lineup ANNOUNCED

Another surprise song came on Christmas Day from Radiohead, who released "Spectre," an unreleased theme they had written for the James Bond movie of the same name. (As you probably know, Sam Smith's theme was used instead.)

Last year we got a new track from Kanye West on New Year's Day, and this time we got one on New Year's Eve called "Facts." It's more a freestyle that riffs on Drake & Future's "Jumpman" than a big new Kanye song (and Future collaborators Metro Boomin & Southside produced it), but it's new Kanye nonetheless. Listen here.

photo: Kendrick Lamar at Day For Night Festival (more by Tim Griffin)
Kendrick Lamar

We also got a new 7-minute video from Kendrick Lamar on New Year's Eve called God Is Gangsta. The video is for two songs off 2015's To Pimp A Butterfly, "u" and "For Sale?". Watch below. To Pimp A Butterfly topped our 50 favorite albums of 2015 list, which we put out on New Year's Eve.

As of Christmas Eve, The Beatles began streaming their entire discography on streaming services.

We also got a new song from Aphex Twin, a surprise EP from Krallice (following their surprise album from July), an unreleased Grimes song ("probably pre-Halifaxa"), three new songs from The Weeknd (a Travi$ Scott collab, a Future collab, and a remix of Jeremih's "Pass Dat"), a song on New Year's Eve from Big Sean called "What A Year" ft. Pharrell & Detail, a Christmas song from Miley Cyrus & The Flaming Lips, a stream of the new Hinds album (which they celebrate in NYC this week), and a new Timbaland mixtape. Listen to that one here and the rest below.

In sadder news, we lost rock god Lemmy Kilmister and John Bradbury of ska legends The Specials. We miss you both.

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Pitchfork

Pitchfork have published their 100 Best Tracks of 2015 list. The criteria was "any track that was released in 2015 or had its greatest impact in the U.S. during this year was eligible," which allows for stuff like 2014 releases from Fetty Wap and D'Angelo to count. Including guest appearances, Kendrick Lamar shows up four times, two of which are in the top five. Drake, Grimes, Jamie xx and Future all show up three times each. It includes a few singles off 2016 albums, like David Bowie's "Blackstar," ANOHNI's "4 Degrees" and Savages' "The Answer," one-off collaborations like WOKE (aka Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Shabazz Palaces), last-minute 2015 releases like Jeremih's "Oui," and surprise comeback singles like Missy Elliott's "WTF (Where They From)." If you were wondering, Adele's "Hello" is here (ranked very high), and yes, so is Justin Bieber. There's also some representation from less commercial stuff like the hardcore band G.L.O.S.S..

Check out the whole list below...

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FADER

Like last year, The FADER have listed their favorite tracks of the year. They picked 107, "because 100 just wasn't enough." It's got two Drake songs in the top 10, and a Skepta song cracks it too (grime in general is pretty well-represented). A certain former bubblegum pop singer who's becoming a popular choice for #1 is #1 here too. Mixed into the mostly rap/R&B/electronic pop list is Adele, some country representation from Chris Stapleton and Kacey Musgraves, lo-fi DIY from Sheer Mag and Girlpool, and a few other outliers. Check out the whole list, and a Spotify playlist of it, below.

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Saint West

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian revealed over the weekend that North West got a new baby brother, and today they announced his name: Saint West. Kim revealed it by posting the above Instagram, which we can safely assume is an emoji version of the West family. Just don't tell Ricky Gervais:

Still no word on Kanye's new album, but two of the singles that are supposed to appear on it are up for Grammys, and his presidential campaign has been major on Music Twitter.

Adele


Twitter released their '2015 YEAR ON TWITTER' today. No real surprises as far as THE MOST POPULAR MUSICIANS go, and that includes Kendrick "11 Grammy Nominations" Lamar. Nothing very "indie" about this list either, but for those who love music industry data, you can peruse all the music-related stuff, below.

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Grammy

The 58th Annual Grammy Awards nominees have been announced. Album of the Year nominees include Alabama Shakes for Sound & Color, Kendrick Lamar for To Pimp A Butterfly, Chris Stapleton for Traveller, Taylor Swift for 1989 and The Weeknd for Beauty Behind The Madness. Record of the Year also includes Taylor ("Blank Space") and The Weeknd ("Can't Feel My Face"), plus D'Angelo ("Really Love"), Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars ("Uptown Funk") and Ed Sheeran ("Thinking Out Loud"). Song of the Year has those same Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran songs against Kendrick's "Alright," Little Big Town's "Girl Crush," and Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth's "See You Again."

Alabama Shakes' album is also up for Best Alternative Music Album, along with Bjork, My Morning Jacket, Tame Impala and Wilco. Kendrick's album is also up for Best Rap Album, along with J. Cole, Dr. Dre, Drake and Nicki Minaj.

Other nominees include Courtney Barnett (up for Best New Artist), Florence + the Machine, Bob Dylan, The Chemical Brothers, Flying Lotus, Skrillex & Diplo, Caribou, Disclosure, Jamie xx, Bill Frisell, Ghost, Death Cab For Cutie (Best Rock Album), Jeremih, Jazmine Sullivan, Miguel, The Internet, Kehlani, Leon Bridges, Fetty Wap, Kanye West, Big Sean, Common, Jidenna, Kacey Musgraves, Robert Glasper, Punch Brothers, Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Jason Isbell, Buddy Guy, Bettye LaVette, Glen Hansard, Patti Smith, Amy Poehler, Wyatt Cenac, Louis C.K., the Hamilton soundtrack, David Bowie, Snoop Dogg, Elvis Presley, Father John Misty, The Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, The Decemberists, Joni Mitchell, The Bird and The Bee, Blake Mills (Producer of The Year for Alabama Shakes' Sound & Color), A$AP Rocky, The Dead Weather, Pharrell Williams, Amy Winehouse doc Amy, and many more.

Kendrick Lamar picked up 11 total nominations, and The Weeknd picked up seven. The ceremony will happen February 15 at the Staples Center in LA, and air live on CBS.

Check out a fuller list of nominees below and the whole thing here.

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Rolling Stone

We already saw Rolling Stone's top 50 albums of 2015, and now they unveiled their top 50 songs too. It's got a lot of the songs you couldn't avoid this year even if you wanted to: "Hello," "Hotline Bling," "Trap Queen," plenty of The Weeknd, one appearance by Justin Bieber. There's also indie rock anthems like Titus Andronicus' "Dimed Out," "Kurt Vile's "Pretty Pimpin," Courtney Barnett's "Pedestrian at Best"and Tame Impala's "Let It Happen," a nod towards raw DIY with Sheer Mag's "Fan the Flames," and a lot more. Check the whole thing out below.

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Rihanna

RIhanna announced a 2016 tour with support in North America from Travi$ Scott and support in Europe from The Weeknd (who's on tour now with Travi$ Scott) and Big Sean.

The tour hits Brooklyn on March 27 at Barclays Center and Newark on April 2 at Prudential Center. Tickets for Brooklyn go on sale 12/3 at 10 AM with VIP, AmEx, Samsung, Tidal presales starting 11/30 at 10 AM and Live Nation, venue, Facebook presales starting 12/2 at 10 AM. Newark ticket info should be up soon (same link). All dates are listed below.

The tour is supporting Rihanna's eighth album ANTI, which is executive-produced by Kanye West, and includes the Kanye/Paul McCartney collab "FourFiveSeconds," the undeniably banging "Bitch Better Have My Money," and "American Oxygen." She also just launched the site antidiary.com which has snippets of other tracks. It's apparently coming out this Friday (11/27) exclusively on TIDAL and everywhere else on 12/4. Watch the video for #BBHMM (like you haven't already) and an ANTI/Samsung commercial that premiered during the AMAs, below. That's the album artwork above.

Travi$ Scott plays NYC again sooner: New Year's Eve.

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Ty Dolla $ign

Ty Dolla $ign's much-anticipated official debut album Free TC is finally out today (via Taylor Gang / Pu$haz Ink / Atlantic). The guest list is stacked, with modern rap (Kendrick Lamar, Future, Fetty Wap, Rae Sremmurd, YG), veteran R&B (R. Kelly, Brandy, Babyface), rap moguls (Kanye West and Puff Daddy -- on the same song), and weird outliers like E-40. The veteran R&B guests make a ton of sense; Ty's biggest song to date ("Paranoid") is over a DJ Mustard beat, and there are two here, but a chunk of this album actually sounds like the kind of R&B that was popular 15-20 years ago. The acoustic guitars on the Babyface collaboration "Solid" make it sound like a radio hit from no later than 2002, the same could be said for the clean electric guitars of "Horses In The Stable," and the slow jams of "Straight Up" fit in more with those guests than Ty's contemporaries (like say, The Weeknd or Miguel).

It's not all nostalgia though. The Metro Boomin-produced Trey Songz collab "Know Ya," the Future & Rae Sremmurd collab "Blase," and the Fetty Wap collab "When I See Ya" sound entirely of the moment. And as if you expected any less, Kendrick's show-stealing verse on "LA" (the first song on the record) continues to prove that he just cannot be stopped. There's a lot to unpack on this 16-song, 73-minute album, and now you can do just that by listening below.

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James Blake

Still no word on that James Blake album, which reportedly will feature Kanye West and Justin Vernon, but James did appear on BBC Radio 1 last night where he chatted with Justin and then debuted a cover of Simon & Garfunkel's classic "The Sound of Silence." It's mostly James and his keyboard, and he gives the song the kind of sparse arrangements he had on his first album. As you may remember, it's not the first time he covered a classic folk song.

Listen to the whole BBC show here and stream the cover below...

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