The Week in Music Politics:
Following the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert with Ariana Grande, Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, and many others, Ariana is to be honored by the city for her “great many selfless acts and demonstrations of community spirit” following the terrorist attack on May 22nd. “I think many people would already consider her an honorary Mancunian,” said Manchester city council leader Sir Richard Leese, “and we would be delighted, if the council approves the proposal, to make it official.”
Dr. Dre this week gave $10 million to his hometown of Compton, CA, where the city will build Compton High School, “which will boast creative resources and a 1,200-seat theater,” and is set to break ground in 2020. “My goal is to provide kids with the kind of tools and learning they deserve,” said Dre. “The performing arts center will be a place for young people to be creative in a way that will help further their education and positively define their future.” While Dr. Dre didn’t attend Compton High himself, his late N.W.A. writing partner Eazy-E, and one of his proteges The-Game, did.
The Week in Music Beefs:
In Stereogum‘s review of the new Arcade Fire song “Everything Now,” writer Chris DeVille’s article titled “Remember When Arcade Were Good?” said that while he associates the band with “the sheer exuberance of their madcap early performances,” he can no longer “applaud them for experimenting,” since “Everything Now” “failed.” Arcade Fire responded very smartly with a new hilarious ad campaign that quotes the review to promote the single.
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:
Justin Bieber, as we know, doesn’t know the words to the Spanish section of the “Despacito” remix, a song by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee that he helped go to #1 on Billboard. This time, instead of rapping things like “blah blah blah blah blah/I don’t know the words so I say burrito,” he straight up said “I don’t know the song. I can’t do it.” He then dodged a water bottle thrown at him from the crowd and continued the show. While it’s great that he didn’t disrespect the song again, maybe he should just go ahead and learn the actual words.
Someone who should also learn words this week is Bob Dylan, a newbie to the #NoRoleModelz section, for possibly plagiarizing parts of his Nobel Prize in Literature acceptance speech. The 30-minute speech, which for some reason talks about Moby Dick, includes paraphrased and some word-for-word sections of analysis/plot of the novel from Sparknotes. Check out the uncanny similarities via Slate‘s breakdown here. Dylan has yet to comment.
The Week in Music Business:
Set to open in February 2018, the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame + Museum to the World will break ground in Harlem, NY this week. “The preliminary plan includes a ground floor themed HHHOF café, gallery, visitors bureau, and retail gift store with a second floor HHHOF museum, event space, offices, and multi-media studio for film and television content production,” states the official press release:
“Phase II planning will include a full scale design and build development of the total site that could be approximately 20 stories high and include The Hip Hop Hall of Fame + Museum & Hotel Entertainment Complex design concept that features the Hall of Fame, Museum, 5 Star Hotel, Retail Mall & Gift Shop, Arcade, TV Studios, Sports Bar, Restaurant & Concert Lounge with a goal of serving up to 1,000,000 local, national, and international visitors annually including music fans, tourists, students, culture enthusiasts, and families on educational & entertainment excursion tours. The HHHOF envisions a state of the art ‘Green Technology & Energy Conservation’ Museum building project that will aggressively explore and utilize all of the available cost and energy saving technologies and mechanisms that are currently in the marketplace.”
The Week in Music Oddities:
A senior high school student back in December of 2016 asked T-Pain on Twitter for suggestions for his senior quote, to which T-Pain actually responded with “people don’t think it be like it be, but it do,” a quote from famous Baseball player Oscar Gamble. Gabriel Silvan, the student, ended up using the quote this week (pictured left). T-Pain responded saying: “Man. This. This is the kind of shit I live for you did it bro. Killed it. Good job man ………………………… *slow clap*”
The Week in Music Releases:
- Big Boi – Boomiverse
- Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up
- Lorde – Melodrama
- 2Chainz –Pretty Girls Like Trap Music
- Young Thug – Beautiful Thugger Girls
- Royal Blood – How Did We Get So Dark
- H.E.R. – H.E.R., Vol. 2
Lastly, here’s a video of former President Barack Obama honoring the 2017 inductees to the Songwriters Hall of Fame, especially Jay Z. “I’m pretty sure I’m still the only president to listen to Jay Z’s music in the Oval Office,” said Obama. Watch it here via Rolling Stone.