The Week in Music Politics:
Just this past Monday night, a terrorist attack on people attending an Ariana Grande concert in Machester, England occurred outside the venue leaving 22 dead, and over 50 injured. The assailant has been captured, and the singer remains unharmed, though “broken,” by the night’s events.
“A huge bomb-like bang went off that hugely panicked everyone and we were all trying to flee the arena,” concertgoer Majid Khan, 22, told Britain’s Press Association, reported Stereogum. “It was one bang and essentially everyone from the other side of the arena where the bang was heard from suddenly came running towards us as they were trying to exit.” The remainder of Ariana’s tour seems to be cancelled as artists expressed their love and support for the singer and the victims of the attack.
In more aspiring news, Nicki Minaj has been continuing her philanthropic work by donating money to a village in India that has paid for a “Computer Center, a Tailoring Institute, a Reading Program” and two sources of clean drinking water. “We complain about the most ridiculous little things when some ppl [sic] don’t even have clean water,” she posted on her Instagram. “Blessings to India. Our work is far from done.”
Nicki has also confirmed her dating rumors with rap legend Nas this week on Ellen. “He’s the king. He is the King of Queens, and I’d like to think I’m the Queen of Queens,” she said. “I have a lot of respect for him. And, you know, he’s kind of cute, too.”
The Week in Music #NoRoleModelz:
In reference to J. Cole’s track “No Role Modelz” off the platinum-with-no-features record 2014 Forest Hills Drive, the following is an account of musicians and artists that left us all disappointed with their behavior this week:
Chester Bennington of Linkin Park let his thoughts about fans saying that they have “sold out” just fly in an interview with Kerrang! this week. Stating that “you can fucking meet me outside and I will punch you in your fucking mouth,” Chester continued to call people who aren’t a fan of the band’s new direction “a fucking pussy” for not letting them “take musical risks.” While it appears that Chester doesn’t take too kindly to criticism, it also appears from their new song “Heavy,” that they have indeed however, “sold out” regardless.
The Week in Music Business:
Last week, Sony let go the CEO of Epic Records, L.A. Reid, one of the most famous record exec.’s who’s worked with countless R&B, pop, and rap superstars. According to Page Six, DJ Khaled is apparently eyeing the potential job opening. While the source has yet to be confirmed, it would be a big step for the hype machine/snapchat mogul.
Netflix’s most expensive production to date, Baz Luhrman’s The Get Down, has been cancelled after one season due to problems in viewership and script rewriting. The Get Down followed a group of teenagers in the late 70’s during the emergence of hip-hop in the Bronx, NYC. Executive produced by Nas and Grandmaster Flash, the show talked about the importance of hip-hop culture and learning to find yourself.
The Week in Music Oddities:
If you’re a big Weezer fan but you wish that their songs were in Japanese, then today’s your lucky day. Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo has appeared in a Uniqlo commercial in Japan singing a soft folk song from his and Scott Murphy’s apparent Japanese album. Watch it here.
Last week, Travis Scott broke the world record for most times a song has been performed by an artist in a single concert when he performed his song “Goosebumps” fourteen times in a row. This week, he broke his own record by performing “Goosebumps” fifteen times at the end of his set in Cleveland, Ohio. Note to self: unless you really like the song “Goosebumps,” don’t see Travis Scott in concert.
The Week in Music Releases:
- Lil Yachty – Teenage Emotions
- Too $hort – The Pimp Tape
- Gucci Mane – Drop Top Wop
- Shakira – El Dorado
Lastly, watch everyone’s favorite delinquent Justin Bieber sing “blah blah blah” over the Spanish lyrics to “Despacito,” his hit with Daddy Yankee that became the first Spanish song to reach #1 since the Macarena. No joke, he says the lines “I don’t know the words so I say ‘Dorito'” and “I ate a burrito, I just want a burrito,” because he’s disrespectful. Even though his Spanish sounded just fine on the studio recording… he apparently thought a version mocking his fellow artists would be funnier. Watch the video here.