Entries tagged with: Kanye West
by Ryan Barkan
The B.I.G.gest music licensing story last week was the release of Notorious, the film based on the life story of Brooklyn rapper Notorious B.I.G. As you may already know, a virtual unknown was cast to play Biggie. The film hit theaters Friday and so far has received mixed notorious reviews. Notorious contains a number of Biggie's music; the official soundtrack even contains three unreleased songs (listen to them here).
The movie ended up in fourth place on the holiday weekend box office list, grossing an estimated $24 million. According to Variety, Notorious had the best per-location average of the weekend with $14,652 earned (approx) at each of the 1,638 theaters screening the film. I personally didn't see it this weekend because I was too busy helping Paul Blart Mall Cop take top spot on the weekend draw.
Other Notable Licensing News:
Commuters in Liverpool Station were surprised last week with the spontaneous (yet meticulously calculated) filming of a T-mobile commercial. The spot started with music coming over the loudspeaker and igniting a few members of the crowd to begin dancing. As the songs change (there are eight of them), more dancers join in until the entire station is engulfed in the excitement. The spot was created then on air within 48 hours and was shown as an exclusive premier on BBC 4. The songs in the spot, in order, are: Lulu's "Shout", Yazz's "The Only Way Is Up", Pussycat Dolls' "Don't Cha", Viennese Waltz, Kool & the Gang's "Get Down On It", Rainbow's "Since You've Been Gone", Millie Small's "My Boy Lollipop", and Contours' "Do You Love Me". Watch the spot below.
Another spot out of the UK recently is this lyrically driven commercial for the Ford Ka appropriately using Soundtree's "Go Find It".
The Roots really like Cody Chesnutt; so much so they remade one of his songs ("The Seed") for their 2002 album and even had him play and sing on the record. Not sure if The Roots like Axe products, but the band and brand have mutual love for Chesnutt - his jam "Look Good In Leather" is the feature of a new claymation spot for the Lynx line. Check the spot below.
Continuing with the cool Euro commercials trend, Dutch snowboard gear company Protest uses a great Josh Ritter tune, "To The Dogs Or Whoever", in their new campaign. One interesting jump over to Protest's website finds some more interesting licensing: the brand hopes you will enjoy tunes by The Beastie Boys, N.W.A., The Kooks, and MGMT while you get your shop on. Watch the commercial below.
Fox TV show Fringe is running a promo that features Lykke Li's "I'm Good, I'm Gone". Watch it below.
Animal Planet is stepping up its entertainment offerings with a new show called Jockeys. No, it does not have to do with undergarments; it will follow a group of riders and will debut next month on the channel. The promo steps up the cool factor a bit by including Kanye West (and Daft Punk's) "Stronger". Watch the promo below.
"I WENT TO THE AZIZ GLOW IN THE DARK TOUR AND IT WAS AMAZIIIING!!! OH AND I EVEN GOT TO MEET HIM!!!!" [Kanye West]That's awesome that Kanye got to meet Aziz. I wonder if he got to meet Obama last night when he played at one of his many inauguration parties...
Opening the show from the Hilton Washington, the night's host, Sway, reminded everyone that after what was sure to be an exhausting first day, it was time to celebrate President Barack Obama's historic inauguration.Aziz Ansari's Glow in the Dark tour came through NYC earlier this month. He played four shows at Comix. Before the shows, Aziz was telling Gothamist about how much he loves to read Kanye West's blog, so he is surely pretty excited about the post.
Kanye West kicked off the show with a medley of hits like "Touch the Sky," "Stronger" and "Good Life." "Let's make some noise for our new president, Obama," he told the crowd. "It feels so good to be standing here. My mama would be so proud to see her baby boy with the #1 song in the country and our new African-American president."
Later in the night, he joked, "I still can't believe it. I feel like I'm in the future -- first iPods, now this!"
All Kanye-related accolades aside, the night really belonged to President Barack Obama, who dazzled the 7,000 party goers with a heartfelt speech about how thankful he is for the work the young people put in to get him elected. [MTV]
Aziz's still-untitled new TV show with Amy Poehler and Rashida Jones premiers on NBC on Thursday, April 9th.
Kanye West is thinking about posing naked.
"...Europe's finest musical 3-piece, Peter Bjorn and John, release their new album Living Thing on Almost Gold Recordings/StarTime International on March 31st 2009. Produced by the band and Lars Mårtén, who also had the control of the mixing dials, the album was recorded in 2008 in Stockholm, New York City and Los Angeles with an unprecedented level of input from the band and reflects the musical tastes, influences and personality of each individual member more than any previous PB+J album. The first taster "Lay It Down" sets the stage for an album full of perfectly crafted gems, all of which carry the distinctive sound that has come to define the trio. From the moment the album opens with the minimalist groove of "The Feeling" to the childlike hook of "Nothing to Worry About," PB+J have created a thoughtful, finely tuned follow-up to Writer's Block that combines the unique strengths and talents of each musician to ultimately find the band at their most adventurous and cohesive.Primal Scream will play Webster Hall in NYC on March 28th, and since that show was announced, it has come out that Primal Scream will also appear at SXSW in Austin a few days earlier. Also appearing at SXSW this year: Peter Bjorn and John, and it can't be long before they also announce a NYC show.
In addition to recording Living Thing last year, PB+J released a low-key and mostly instrumental album Seaside Rock and lead singer Peter Morén released his solo album The Last Tycoon. Björn Yttling was also quite busy producing other artists, including Lykke Li, Sahara Hotnights, The Feeling and Primal Scream.
I posted that new Peter Bjorn and John track, and its accompanying funny video, last month. That "Shut the Fuck Up" song is actually called ""Lay it Down" and will be track #8 on the album (thx japple26). The MP3 Kanye West posted on January 6th is also on the new album. Kanye modestly wrote:
WORLD PREMIERE ... THEY SENT THE SONG TO ME FIRST! PETER BJORN & JOHN... SHIT IS DOPE!! DRUMS ARE CRAZY AND I LIKE THE KIDS ON THE HOOK. THERE NEW ALBUM IS CALLED "LIVING THING" ..... WITH ALL THAT SAID I DON'T KNOW THE NAME OF THE SONG... LOL!!!... I'M GONNA ASSUME IT'S CALLED, "NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT""NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT" is the name of track four. Full tracklist, and all tour dates, below...
by Ryan Barkan
10. CLOUD CULT: "LUCKY TODAY" - ESURANCE.COMThis commercial came out late in 2008...though I think I only saw it one or two times. But thanks to an increase in rotation (January is the busiest month for car insurance!) partially influenced by the above placement in Ad Age, Esurance's Cloud Cult cartoon commercial has been on TV heavily over the past few weeks. The band shows up as animated characters in what comes off more as a music video for their 2005 song "Lucky Today", than as a sales pitch for insurance. A quick jump to Esurance's website and you can find a special Cloud Cult microsite where you can watch the commercial, stream/download a few songs, read why the band finds similarities in their and Esurance's love for being green, and learn how to be more eco-friendly.
It's a music video! It's an ad! It's a music videad! It's the band Cloud Cult, fully animated in a TV spot for Esurance, but there isn't a sales pitch to be found. The Minneapolis psychedelic-pop band had traditionally shunned marketers, but the DTC insurance company won them over with some hard-fought green credentials. The result is a charming spot that not only fits in with the visual style of the band, but also features one of Cloud Cult's best songs.
[Ad Age Ad Songs of the Year]
According to SoundScan, the band sold more individual digital downloads of "Lucky Today" (1,400) in the last week than they usually sell in a month from all albums...combined.
Other Notable Licensing News:
Radiohead gave gratis (aka free) permission to the National Coalition For The Homeless to use the song "MK1" in a spot that attempts to show homelessness can happen to anyone. (via Songs For Soap). This was their first commercial license ever. Watch the spot below.
Michael Stipe was cool with giving a gratis license for Amnesty International to use REM's "Until the Day Is Done" in a powerful new spot. Watch that below as well.
"In fact, it seems like the one thriving corner of the music business is ad placement. The only people making any money are the artists landing their songs in TV commercials and the royalties that come along with that, so the most successful bands this year will be the ones whose songs are most conducive to selling shit. Which means that Santogold is your Artist of the Year for 2009. Once the shampoo companies find out about 'I'm a Lady', forget about it. It's a wrap." [Tom Breihan in the new L Magazine]
Santogold says 'aha' a lot in the new commercial for the Samsung Pixon phone with her song, "Say Aha". Watch it here.
Audi goes old school in the new spot for the Q5, breaking out Woodie Guthrie's fun "Car Song."
Another car manufacturer went NOT-old school - Volkswagen stayed local (German) with the Berlin electro-group Team on their new (clearly inspired by the movie The Matrix) spot for the Golf. Watch below.
Vancouver band, Readymade, has a song used by Unilever in their new Sun spot, highlighting "Human Potential."
I'm addicted to Diet Pepsi. It's my friend-mesis. Pepsi has rebranded my favorite drink and its overall image with a new "smile" logo. The brand launched its commercial campaign with a spot featuring the music of The Apples In Stereo (Via YANPicasso).
Papa John's sponsored an NCAA football bowl game last month. During said bowl game, the pizza maker debuted a commercial celebrating their 25th anniversary featuring Wang Chung's "Everybody Have Fun Tonight".
John Lennon may not be alive, but that didn't stop Yoko Ono from lending his voice to a good cause. Watch the OLPC PSA below.
Walmart promotes the football season with a commercial using Queen's anthem "We Will Rock You".
Fashionista Kanye West is teaming up with one of his favorite designers, Luis Vuitton, to create six shoes for the brand. You may have also noticed Kanye's song "Flashing Lights" in the Season 6 promo to the F/X channel's show "Nip/Tuck". Commercial below.
continued, with videos, below...
It was also Amy Poehler's final SNL episode
Kanye videos below...
photos by Tim Griffin
big pimp Bjorn w/ Santogold & Lykke Li @ The 2008 Woodies
Santogold, Lykke Li and Kanye West are all on the new N.A.S.A. track that everyone is talking about. That reminded me of the rest of the Woodies pictures I have sitting here. The new song (streaming as a video), and more pics, below...
With the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. this week, albums are released today/Monday instead of tomorrow stateside...
Reissues this week include the remastered R.E.M.'s Murmur (which comes with a bonus disc of b-sides and unreleased material), Death Cab For Cutie's Something About Airplanes (also remastered with a bonus disc), along with vinyl reissues of the Replacements' Tim and Asobi Seksu's Citrus.
Editor's note: Chinese Democracy was also released on Sunday.
What new releases can you recommend?
Q-Tip @ the Woodies (more by Tim Griffin)
Other hip hop shows coming up at the Highline include Ludacris's album release party this Tuesday, Slick Rick on November 28th, Jean Grae on November 30th, Wale & Kid Cudi (and DJ Mark Ronson) on December 9th, AND last but not least: Hip Hop Harry on December 27th.
Some other upcoming hip hip shows are listed HERE.
Kanye West's new album is out today.
Video of Q-Tip performing with Lykke Li at the Woodies below...
Kanye West's new album 808s & HEARTBREAK is out in stores on Monday 11/24, but will be streaming at MySpace in its entirety as of midnight (pacific time) Friday night/Saturday morning. Monday is a weird release day.
In a move no doubt designed to get a jump on holiday sales (and facilitate maximum one-stop shopping), Island Def Jam announced that it has moved the release date for three of the label's biggest albums -- West's 808s & Heartbreak, Luda's Theater of the Mind and the Killers' Day & Age -- from a traditional Tuesday launch up to Monday, November 24. All three albums will be available both digitally and physically on that date.Chinese Democracy is also now streaming at MySpace.
According to a spokesperson for the label, it's a "one time only" strategy, which will jump the industry-wide release schedule "in anticipation of big Thanksgiving-weekend holiday gift shopping."
It bears mentioning that Tuesday release dates have become more and more arbitrary in recent months: Metallica's Death Magnetic was released on Friday, September 12, AC/DC's Black Ice hit Wal-Mart shelves on Sunday, October 20, and Guns N' Roses' much-anticipated Chinese Democracy is slated for a Sunday, November 23, release at Best Buy. [MTV]
Meanwhile, people are already making end of year 'Best Of' lists.
Takka Takka @ Pianos (more by Ryan Muir)
today in NYC
* DANCE (stay tuned)
* Nick Lowe @ Zankel Hall
* Baltimore Round Robin (early and late)
* Kirsten Ketsjer @ Dead Herring
* Pierced Arrows @ Maxwell's
* Ben Kweller, Whitley @ Bowery Ballroom
* Ra Ra Riot, Walter Meego, And The Moneynotes @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Skull Defekts, Talk Normal, S-S-S-Spectres, Boneless @ Cake Shop
* Suckers, Amazing Baby, Violens & Chairlift @ Danbro Studios
* Japanther, NinjaSonik, Killer Dreamer, SS Pyramid Snake @ Mercury Lounge
* Antipop Consortium, Takka Takka & more @ The Bell House
* Menahan Street Band & Phenomenal Handclap Band at Southpaw
Kanye West's official video for "Love Lockdown" is at YouTube.
Apollo Sunshine's new video for "Singing To The Earth" below...
Antony @ the Clocktower (more by Zach Dilgard)
today in NYC
* Kirsten Ketsjer @ Lit
* Gwar @ Starland Ballroom
* Iced Earth & Saviours @ Nokia
* NOFX & Dillinger Four @ Irving Plaza
* Trey Anastasio @ Roseland Ballroom
* Billy Joel & Bruce Springsteen @ Hammerstein
* Elephant 6 show @ Purchase
* Titan, Villians & Saviours @ The Charleston
* Antony & The Johnsons @ Apollo Theater
* Cold War Kids, AA Bondy @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* The Little Ones, Anya Marina @ Mercury Lounge
* The Dirtbombs, The Nouvellas @ Southpaw
* Fucked Up, Vivian Girls, Inepsy @ Market Hotel
* TV on the Radio, Dragons of Zynth @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
* Diplo, Boy 8 Bit, Telepathe, Abe Vigoda @ Webster Hall
* Ra Ra Riot, Walter Meego, Morning Benders @ Bowery Ballroom
* Dave Hill, Walter Schreifels, Doug Gillard & Moby @ UCB
Bob Mould was born today in 1960.
Today is World Food Day
Video of Kanye West performing "Love Lockdown" on Jimmy Kimmel, below...
Moby's new video for "Ooh Yeah" below...
"Inspired by the grassroots movement created by Barack Obama's historic presidential run and his call for the change Americans need, artists supporting Barack Obama teamed up to create a new CD that taps into the campaign's universal themes of hope, unity and change. The disc, titled Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement, includes a collection of artists from across genres, including such renowned performers as Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crow, John Mayer, Adam Levine from Maroon 5 and John Legend. Through their musical contributions, the artists seek to mobilize voters in the final stretch before the November election. Many of the artists involved will also be volunteering their time to promote voter registration."Coming soon: a blog post by Kanye West asking why he wasn't mentioned in that official CD description paragraph and a CD by the McCain camp that gets a higher Pitchfork rating than Obama.
Stream Obama clips HERE. See the mostly-uninteresting tracklist below...
Kanye West @ Knitting Factory, NYC - Sept 9, 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Rapper Kanye West was arrested this morning at Los Angeles International Airport on suspicion of vandalism and his road manager was arrested on suspicion of vandalism and battery after the two men reportedly confronted a photographer and smashed the man's camera, authorities said. [LA Times]Kanye made a surprise appearance at Knitting Factory in NYC two days earlier.
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
As you would expect him to do at a showcase of rappers signed to his own GOOD Music label, Kanye West made an appearance at Knitting Factory in NYC last night (Sept 9). The whole show went: 88 Keys, Termanology, Big Sean, Mickey Factz, Kid Cudi, and then Consequence. Wale did some deejaying between sets. Kanye West came out during Consequence's set. They did "Gone" and "Flashing Lights" and a few of Consequence's songs. Then, as he's done before with his cousin Consequence, Q-Tip joined them on stage. Then Kid Cudi came back out and eventually pretty much everyone from the night was on stage by the end. As expected, people went nuts for Kanye.
In related news,
The release date and title for Kanye West's upcoming fourth solo album has been revealed.More pictures and video from Knitting Factory below....
According to a posting on Target's website, Kanye's album is titled 808's & Heartbreak and will be hitting stores on December 16th.
West performed a single from the album titled "Love Lockdown" at the MTV Video Music Awards this past weekend.
"Kid Cudi and Hollywood Holt, two of the nation's noted up and coming MCs, will be combining their respective skills for a tour of North America that kicks off in Baltimore on Sept. 23 and wraps on Oct. 1st in San Francisco. Brooklyn based (by way of Cleveland) Kid Cudi stunned denizens of the underground with his Fool's Gold debut track "Day 'N' Nite" which became a club staple worldwide in 2008, leading to a slot performing on NYC's SummerStage Concert series alongside Fool's Gold label head A-Trak, Santogold, and Diplo. Hollywood Holt seems poised to take the mantle of hardest hustling man in the rap business. In under a year Holt has gone from playing at a local bowling alley to performing at Lollapalooza, sharing stages with such heavy hitters as Dizzee Rascal and Lupe Fiasco and having his Chocolate Industries debut video "Hollywood" premiered on Kanye West's blog."The NYC date on that tour is September 24th at Love, but Kid Cudi is also playing a show tonight (Sept 9) @ Knitting Factory with some other friends of Kanye West. Black Bubblegum says:
GOOD Music (Kanye West's label) will clear the bench on Sept 9th when Consequence (the super duper guest star from A Tribe Called Quest's Beats Rhymes & Life), GLC (who first appeared on "Spaceship" from Kanye's College Dropout), Kid Cudi & Big Sean hit up the Knitting Factory. Tickets are still available.All flyers and dates below....
photos by Bao Nguyen
Kanye West took a bit of a jab at the festival's schedule, specifically the choice concertgoers had to make between his performance and one from Nine Inch Nails happening at the same time at the other end of the park (a dilemma faced by fans at Chicago's Lollapalooza a week earlier). "It's not a black-or-white thing, it's not a rap-or-rock-and-roll thing," he exclaimed. "It's a good-music thing. We jam about good things from the heart. How can you pick between me and Trent Reznor?" [MTV]Nine Inch Nails (and Kanye West) headlined Sunday night at the Virgin Festival in Baltimore (Aug 10, 2008). NIN also headlined Lollapalooza in Chicago exactly one week earlier. Check Ticketmaster for tickets for upcoming shows in Jersey, Massachusets and other places. Virgin Fest pictures & setlist below...
Kanye West @ Lollapalooza 2008 (more by Bao Nguyen)
tonight in NYC & NJ
* nothing @ Studo B
* Kanye West @ MSG
* Bob Log III @ Southpaw
* Eddie Vedder @ United Palace
* Brazilian Girls @ The Apple Store
* Keith Caputo (LOA) @ the Stone Pony
* Jungle Brothers in Bush Clinton Park
* 28 Days Later (movie) @ McCarren Pool
* Black Rebel Motorcyle Club @ Irving Plaza
* The Police & Elvis Costello @ Jones Beach
* Earth Wind and Fire @ Radio City Music Hall
* Fiasco, Ninja Sonik & The Homosexuals @ Market Hotel
* Flobots, People Under The Stairs, and Busdriver @ Bowery Ballroom
* Apollo Sunshine, Drug Rug and Sam Champion on a Rocks Off Cruise
Tonight was the night Sam Sparro was supposed to play Santos Party House.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club play Irving tonight, and then open for Stone Temple Pilots at Jones Beach tomorrow.
Help get Iggy Pop's gear back.
The Duke Spirit play the Apple Store on Thursday.
Video of Gnarls Barkley covering Radiohead @ Lollapalooza below...
photos by Bao Nguyen, words by Chase Turner
Kanye West closed out the 2008 Lollapalooza Festival on Sunday (Augst 3, 2008) to a sold out crowd on the south end of Grant Park in his hometown of Chicago. West started just a few minutes after the billed start time of 8:30 PM and performed for the noticeably young crowd until 10 PM on the dot.
The act consisted of West with full backing band, a number of drummers and back-up singers, and a Daft Punk-helmeted guitarist. The musical arrangements were well put together, with a good balance of orchestral elements and electro flourishes (vocoder effects on the back-up singers were a nice touch). We had high hopes for the visuals, but unfortunately the light presentation left a bit to be desired.
The most bizarre yet not unexpected moment came when West waxed philosophical about progress, comparing his own success in music to that of the evolution of the computer from the 1970s to today's computers the size of phones. This was after we were instructed to tell our unborn children about this particular concert experience. One can be a pop icon without resorting to talking about it constantly or comparing oneself to past legends (Jimi Hendrix, James Brown) as West did tonight.
For all of West's vanity, he still puts on a decent show, and you really recognize the extent of his reach when you know the words to every song he plays. The setlist, and more pictures, below....
Ben Kweller announced a bunch of tour dates including October 17th at Bowery Ballroom in NYC. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon. Ben Sollee penned a song about Kanye West (MP3 above). Ben Folds announced a new album...
Epic Records is proud to announce the release of the much-anticipated new album from Ben Folds, WAY TO NORMAL, on September 30, 2008. The album, Folds' third as a solo artist since the break up of the Ben Folds Five in 2000, was mostly recorded at his studio in Nashville and produced by Dennis Herring (Elvis Costello, Modest Mouse, The Hives). Featuring Folds on vocals and piano, Way to Normal also features long-time bassist Jared Reynolds and drummer Sam Smith as well as a guest vocal from indie pop heroine Regina Spektor on the album's first single, "You Don't Know Me."Regina Spektor has a show coming up in Brooklyn. Kanye West has a couple future NYC shows himself. Ben Lee is playing Joe's Pub on August 27th. All Ben tour dates below...
"Kanye Sux" - Bonnaroo 2008 (cred)
The Grammy winner walked onto the festival stage nearly two hours past his scheduled 2:45 a.m. performance time Sunday morning and was greated by bleary-eyed fans' chorus of boos and chants of "Kanye sucks." [E Online]"Kanye Hates Hippies" - Bonnaroo 2008 (cred)
Ken Weinstein, a spokesman for the annual festival held on a 700-acre site south of Nashville, said the delay was simply a matter of unloading the Pearl Jam stage (the band went an hour past its scheduled end time, playing until about 1:15 a.m.) and loading the West stage. [AP]"Fuck Kanye" - Bonnaroo 2008 (cred)
People were mad about the set time. Now Kanye West has reacted to the controversy with an angry blog posting. More pictures, and his ENTIRE ANGRY MESSAGE, BELOW....
photos by Ryan Muir
Kid Sister opened the free and rainy Vampire Weekend show at Summerstage on Saturday. Her friend A-Trak was her DJ. A-Trak (his own show this time), Santogold (not to be confused with SANTO GOLD), Diplo and Kid Cudi play the free one on July 20th. More pictures from the Kid Sister show below