The fourth annual Global Citizen Festival will feature performances by Pearl Jam , Beyoncé , Ed Sheeran and Coldplay . The benefit concert, whose goal is to raise awareness of the United Nations’ measures to fight inequality, protect the earth and end extreme poverty by 2030, will take place on the Great Lawn of New York City’s Central Park on September 26th. Jay Z, No Doubt Battle Poverty at Global Citizen Fest As with previous years, tickets to the concert are free to people who visit Global Citizen’s website and earn their admission through “action.” Organizers are asking fans to call the U.S. State Department to urge them to allocate 50 percent of U.S. foreign aid budget for the eradication of extreme poverty
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They met, they married, they’ve graced the covers of magazines and they’ve become one of the most divisive, discussed celebrity power couples of the 21st century. But lost somewhere between the haters and the hype is the notion that the love story of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian may just be the fairy-tale romance of our time. Kim Kardashian Gets Real: 11 Key Quotes From the Cover Story Kanye West is an artist who doesn’t shy away from expressing exactly what he’s thinking at any given moment, for better (saying truth to power about society’s ingrained racism) or worse (interrupting teenagers in the midst of accepting awards). But there’s always been a greater sadness that followed West around, particularly after the untimely death of his mother in 2007, and a sense that he was always searching for the right person to help rule his self-proclaimed kingdom
Revered rapper-producer Pete Rock followed up on his 2001 instrumental compilation Petestrumentals last month with Petestrumentals 2 , a new batch of original tracks pairing hard, MPC 3000 beats with the soul and funk samples that have made him an icon among beatheads. Now, Stones Throw producer, Beat Junkies founder and Pete Rock acolyte J. Rocc has blended and remixed the album for Petestrumentals 2 The Official J. Rocc Mix , streaming exclusively below. The 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time Opening with reworked audio from James Brown hypeman Danny Ray, the Los Angeles producer both pays homage to and builds on Rock’s album, solidifying both beatmakers’ positions as artisans respecting the past while looking toward the future. While the focus remains on Rock’s new productions, J
The acclaimed Amy Winehouse documentary Amy is set for a wider release to U.S. theaters this weekend, and although critics have raved about the intense, probing film, some of those closest to the singer have campaigned against Amy . While Winehouse’s family have announced that they “disassociated” from the documentary because it casts the singer’s father Mitch in a negative light, one of Winehouse’s closest collaborators, Back to Black producer Mark Ronson, has applauded the film, professing that Amy captures Winehouse’s “genius.” The Amy Winehouse We Never Knew “Obviously, it’s tough to watch the film because it brings back memories,” Ronson told The Mirror .