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Kanye West’s Surreal Album Launch: Fashion and Music Collide

A common complaint among fashion insiders is that Fashion Week has grown into too much of a spectacle – more about Instagram clout and celebrity appearances and street style photographers than the art of the clothes. Many of those same tony insiders have mixed feelings about Kanye West, the rapper and designer who’s point-blank refused to accept that he can’t be part of their world. Today, he issued a clear reminder that he’s so influential that no one can hope to ignore him and remain relevant. 40 Most Groundbreaking Albums of All Time Few Fashion Week spectacles could compare to West’s presentation for his Yeezy Season 3 line, held on an unforgivingly frigid New York afternoon at Madison Square Garden – the arena where he last performed two sold-out nights in 2013 during his Yeezus tour. Staged in tandem with the premiere of his forthcoming album, The Life of Pablo , and broadcast in theaters worldwide as well as on Tidal, it was so ambitious an event that it threw off the Fashion Week schedule.

Watch Kanye West’s ‘The Life of Pablo’ Album Livestream

Kanye West is livestreaming his Madison Square Garden listening party for his seventh album The Life of Pablo on Tidal. The event begins at 4pm EST. Inside Kanye’s Parking Lot Party to Launch Fashion Zine West announced the listening party in late January, when the album was titled Swish . While it’s unclear if West will perform at the event, his collaborator, conceptual artist Vanessa Beecroft, will headline the event. The listening party will also double as the debut of “Yeezy Season 3,” his latest fashion line. He premiered the corresponding zine for the line in a parking garage Wednesday night where scans of the issue were projected on the walls. Even with the livestream available online, the event will also be streaming at theatres internationally .

Explore the Wild Fashion of Seventies NYC in New RS Mini-Doc

Nile Rodgers , the Strokes ‘ Albert Hammond Jr., author Fran Lebowitz and more reminisce about the style of the early Seventies in the second installment of 1973: Shaping the Culture , a new video series from Rolling Stone , presented by HBO’s new show Vinyl. Relive the Gritty Glory of CBGB in New RS Mini-Doc “What’s great about ’73 is that, everybody forgets this, but kind of that pimp look,” Please Kill Me author Legs McNeil says. “That whole kind of Isaac Hayes, Shaft look. And the white guys made glam out of it … You gotta remember that men’s fashions were really ugly. When punk came, it was sort of like, ‘Fuck that.'” Rodgers talks lovingly about the hottest spot in New York City for clothing at the time: Granny Takes a Trip, the famed London boutique that opened up on St. Marks Place and became the official purveyor of platform boots and other fads of the era. The mini-doc also looks at the androgyny of clothing at the time thanks to artists like David Bowie and the New York Dolls.

Watch Eddie Vedder Cover the Who With Adam Sandler, Norm MacDonald

Eddie Vedder  stormed the stage at Adam Sandler,  Norm MacDonald and Rob Schneider’s comedy show in Seattle Wednesday night to helm a cover of the Who ‘s “My Generation.” Watch Adam Sandler’s Updated ‘Chanukah Song Part 4′ Video Armed with his acoustic guitar, Sandler attempted to get the song going with MacDonald on vocals, but the comedian kept missing his cue despite his droll assertion, “I’m the only one who can actually sing.” Luckily Vedder came to the rescue, taking the mic from MacDonald and breezing through the song with his classic grit-caked growl while the rest of the troupe backed him up on the “Talkin’ bout my generation” refrain. Even guest David Spade assumed lead vocals toward the end, though unfortunately, Vedder did not stick around for a duet of “Even Flow” with Opera Man . Sandler, Schneider and MacDonald have a handful of live shows left on their short trek, including shows February 11th in Denver (again with Spade), February 12th in Phoenix (with Tim Meadows) and then a two-night stand in Las Vegas, February 13th and 14th. Sandler recently starred in the parody western  The Ridiculous Six , his first in a four-film deal with Netflix. Related ‘Pixels’ and ‘Paul Blart’ Lead 2016 Razzie Nominations Pearl Jam, Cher Raise Money for Lead-Poisoned Kids in Flint Eddie Vedder, Sia Cover Beatles for Neflix Animated Series

Watch Thomas Rhett’s Laid-Back ‘Happy Man’ on ‘Fallon’

Thomas Rhett began 2016 with what is likely to be one of the year’s biggest country songs: the multi-week Number One “Die a Happy Man.” Even after it fades from heavy rotation on radio, the second single from Rhett’s ACM-nominated album   Tangled Up is destined to be a wedding staple for years to come. Hear Nelly’s Thomas Rhett Cover Last night, Rhett visited The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to sing the song and gave a relaxed performance that played up the casual soulfulness of its grooves. With some tasteful, emotive steel guitar flourishes to complement him, Rhett’s declarations of love for his wife are powerfully sincere and pure — no doubt part of what made the song such a huge hit. That makes it a tough act to follow, both in Rhett’s live show and as a radio release. “Even in our set, it’s like, ‘Well, what do you play after that ?'” Rhett tells Rolling Stone Country . “Because it’s the biggest moment of your set and anything after that is just set up to be thrown up and shot and killed.” Rhett opted to change gears and released the up-tempo, sexy “T-Shirt” as the third single from Tangled Up, while rapper Nelly just released his own pop-ready version  of “Die a Happy Man.” Related Thomas Rhett on Awkward Dancing, Festival Gigs Thomas Rhett on the Future of His Dance-Country Sound Thomas Rhett on Surprise ‘Tangled Up’ ACM Nomination

Sorry, Not Sorry: Watch 29 Celebs Perform Justin Bieber Hit

Vanity Fair pulled together 29 celebrities while at Sundance Film Festival to perform a dramatic rendition of Justin Bieber ‘s hit “Sorry.” The clip was inspired by W Magazine ‘s video of celebrities dramatically reciting Drake’s ” Hotline Bling .” Justin Bieber, Corden Flee Cameras in ‘Carpool Karaoke’ “Is it too late to say I’m sorry that I don’t know the song ‘I’m Sorry’ by Justin Bieber?” an emotional-looking Jon Hamm says at the beginning of the clip. From there, stars like John Legend, John Krasinski, Chelsea Handler and Nick Jonas all take turns adding their own histrionic spin to the track. At the end, Judd Apatow goes for loud and dramatic, yelling the lines of the song before walking off the set. Bieber will perform at the Grammys on Monday with Jack Ü. In March, he’ll embark on a massive world tour in support of his 2015 album Purpose .

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Talks Combating Racism in Metal

Slipknot ‘s Corey Taylor opened up about racism in the metal community following Phil Anselmo’s outburst at this year’s Dimebash  and the steps in which Slipknot is taking to eradicate intolerance in their own audience. “I don’t ever want our fans to feel like we’re judging them because of color, religion, culture, upbringing, etc. We welcome everyone, we always have and we always will,” Taylor told The Guardian . Corey Taylor Skewers Trump, Bieber, More in Year-End Rant While Taylor didn’t comment on the Anselmo situation directly because he wasn’t at Dimebash and hasn’t seen video of the incident, the Slipknot singer instead tackled the broader issue of racism in metal. “This is a bigger problem than what happened that night,” Taylor said. “Slipknot has dedicated itself to bringing people together, to fighting racism, to fighting hate in general since the day we were started. I don’t have time for people who judge other people by the color of their skin. If that in itself offends some of my fans, then I’m sorry, you’re wrong.” Taylor recognized that racism is an issue that spans all genres of music, including a small fraction of the metal community. However, the singer will continue making efforts to fight racism among his own fans.

Country Radio Shines Light on ‘New Faces’: Ram Report

So far during this year’s Country Radio Seminar, the annual gathering of radio executives in Nashville, the gatekeepers of the airwaves have been treated to dynamic late-night gigs from Steven Tyler, the Cadillac Three and Sam Hunt, and standing-O luncheon performances from Chris Stapleton  and Darius Rucker. But tonight marks the centerpiece of CRS: the New Faces showcase. Inside Three Game-Changing Country Albums A jumping-off point for tomorrow’s stars, the New Faces dinner gives young performers valuable stage time in front of those who hold the power to play their records. This year’s lineup includes Kelsea Ballerini, Cam, Brothers Osborne, Chris Janson and Old Dominion, all of whom have been on their own hot streaks of late. For Ballerini, it’s been the release of her excellent new single “Peter Pan,” while Brothers Osborne scored a Number One with “Stay a Little Longer.” Last year’s New Faces class included Hunt, Frankie Ballard, Eric Paslay, Cole Swindell and Maddie & Tae.  Related See Chris Janson Toast Fans in ‘Power of Positive Drinkin” Brothers Osborne on ‘Pawn Shop,’ Pot and ‘Crazy’ Trump See Brothers Osborne’s High-Octane ‘Stay’ on ‘Seth Meyers’

Warner Music Settles ‘Happy Birthday’ Lawsuit for $14 Million

Warner Music’s publishing wing Warner/Chappell has settled a lawsuit challenging its hold on “Happy Birthday to You” for $14 million, paving the way for the song to finally enter the public domain, according to The Hollywood Reporter . James Corden, Craig Robinson Sing Sexy Public Domain Songs The settlement comes after United States District Judge George H. King ruled in September that Warner/Chappell’s copyright on the song was invalid. The rights to “Happy Birthday” had previously changed hands frequently before Warner/Chappell scooped it up in 1988 and began aggressively charging royalties for its use in TV shows and movies. King, however, decided that their copyright was not valid because the original 1935 copyright of “Happy Birthday” applied only to a specific piano arrangement. In addition, “Happy Birthday to You” borrows its melody from “Good Morning to All,” the 1893 song, which has long been in the public domain

Henry Rollins, Hannibal Buress Tapped for 9:30 Club Variety Show

Henry Rollins and Hannibal Buress will contribute to a new variety show set at Washington D.C.’s famed 9:30 Club , scheduled to air on public television this spring. The Best Big Rooms in America: 9:30 Club Live at 9:30  will kick off its 12-episode run this April, while the first three shows will boast musical performances from Garbage, Tove Lo, the Jesus and Mary Chain, the Arcs, Ibeyi, Frank Turner, El Vy, MisterWives, MS MR, Cold War Kids, Youth Lagoon and Jess Glynne. The hour-long episodes will feature a combination of music, comedy, short films and interviews, as well as a revolving door of contributors and hosts, among them Buress, Rollins, NPR Music’s Bob Boilen, author and actress Jill Kargman and comedian Ralphie May. Famed artist Wayne White — the set designer behind  Pee-wee’s Playhouse , The Weird Al Show and the Smashing Pumpkins’ “Tonight, Tonight” video  — will serve as the show’s art director. A preview of Live at 9:30 is available to watch on the show’s website . The 9:30 Club opened in Washington D.C.

Max Weinberg on ‘River’ Tour, What He Learned From Bruce Springsteen

” The River is my summer record,” Max Weinberg  said between sips of a cocktail in a hotel bar in Pittsburgh — the drummer’s reward after three hours onstage earlier in the evening at the Consol Energy Center, the night before Bruce Springsteen   opened his 2016 tour with the E Street Band there on January 16th. Bruce Springsteen on Reviving ‘The River,’ New Solo LP “Through the years, every summer, I would listen to that in my convertible,” Weinberg went on. “That was always my long drive — just put The River on.” Weinberg — the backbeat in the E Street Band since the fall of 1974 — is now performing The River every night, in its entirety, as Springsteen follows the December release of the multi-disc retrospective,  The Ties That Bind: The River Collection  (Columbia), with thorough, passionate live reexaminations of the 20 songs on that record, a personal crossroads that became the singer’s first double album and first Number One hit. “I’m the white line down the center of the road,” Weinberg said, summing up his role in these concerts. “My job is to be observant, to make the transitions, to focus on what Bruce is doing — to be as commanding a percussive force as I can be, so he has the freedom to go where he wants to go.” After that rehearsal and an immediate interview with Springsteen, I joined Weinberg that evening for a drink and a second hour of spirited conversation. Weinberg, who turns 65 in April, spoke about the birth of The River in rigorous practice sessions at Springsteen’s home; a “tough-love” moment with Springsteen, during the recording, that changed Weinberg as a drummer; other motivating counsel from the album’s co-producers, Jon Landau and E Street guitarist Steven Van Zandt; Weinberg’s memories of the late E Street men Danny Federici and Clarence Clemons as he revisits The River ; and his trust in Springsteen, at this advanced point in the E Street Band’s life, to know when it’s time to walk off the stage for good.

25 Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

On February 15th, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj will both be returning to the Grammys — and both will be vying to take home their first trophy. Like Patti Smith (one nomination), Nas (11) and Snoop Dogg (17), neither has won a gramophone of his or her own. Here’s a rundown of the pop stars, punk icons and rock geniuses whose work has never been recognized by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Grammys 2016: Who Will Win, Who Should Win Snoop Dogg Times nominated: 17 As of 2015, Snoop Dogg was tied for first place in the dubious competition to be the artist with the most Grammy nominations and zero wins. This year, he’ll either extend that historic unlucky streak or end it forever: He’s up for a 17th time as one of the featured artists on Kendrick Lamar’s Album of the Year contender To Pimp a Butterfly .

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