If you want to read about the allegations that R. Kelly has a sex cult, you can read all about that in a whole separate article here.
The Week in Music Role Models:
Meeting with a quadriplegic fan this week, Kendrick Lamar revealed that he had been the one to pay off the GoFundMe campaign to raise money for a wheel-chair accessible van. “Thank you for always supporting me. Your a inspiration for me,” he wrote, “You are strong and positive. Your kind and beautiful. For all the years of inspiring me, the least I can do is make sure your comfortable driving the city. A gift from me to you. Your always appreciated! — K. Lamar. [sic]” See the pair here.
Similarly, Kanye West gave a recovering paralyzed fan some Yeezys sneakers as he enters physical therapy to learn how to walk again following a car accident. “You show the world anything is possible,” wrote West in all-caps, “thank you for sharing your journey.” See the pair here. Kanye and Kim also released another line of fashionable children’s clothes which you can see are probably sold out here.
The Week in Music Merch:
Any Radiohead fans with $95 to spare? The band’s newest piece of wearable merchandise is a backpack designed by Millican, a company that makes their bags out of partially recycled plastic bottles. Check it out here (pictured left).
Also, if you’re into Aphex Twin, Check out his new store of unreleased tracks and rarities here.
Rae Sremmurd are set to appear in their own comic book for Valiant titled Shadowman/Rae Sremmurd #1 due this October. Apparently, the duo will fight Shadowman, one of Valiant’s biggest characters, in New Orleans.
My money’s on Shadowman.
The Week in Music Business:
SoundCloud is desperately trying to stay relevant this week, as Chance the Rapper and Young Thug released a lackluster joint-single, followed by an announcement for “SoundCloud Next Wave,” a web series highlighting SoundCloud artists. The first episode, is titled “Degenerate Generation” with rappers Lil Tracy, Fat Nick, and Pouya. Watch the five-minute video here on their YouTube page.
In other music programming news that I’m actually excited about, Rick Ross and The-Dream have partnered with VH1 to produce Signed, an American Idol-like reality-competition show for aspiring rappers (shown above). “Over eight episodes,” reports Billboard, “the show will feature aspiring hip-hop and R&B artists competing for the industry leaders’ hearts and minds. After undergoing a bevy of challenges, the lucky winner will then have the opportunity to ink a deal with either Ross’ MMG, The-Dream’s Radio Killa Records or Roc Nation.” Signed is set to premiere on VH1 on July 26th. at 9 p.m. ET.
Nielson Music this week reported that Hip-Hop/Rap is now the most popular genre of music in America. “On-demand audio streams have reached over 184 billion streams so far in 2017,” reads the report, “a considerable 62.4% increase over the same time period in 2016.” Download the whole mid-year report on the state of the music industry here.
The Week in Music Obituaries:
R.I.P. Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park. At 41 years old, the singer was found hanging in his residence in LA Thursday morning. “Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true,” wrote bandmate Mike Shinoda, “an official statement will come out as soon as we have one.” Bennington, who was a close friend of Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, sang “Hallelujah” at his funeral. “Incidentally,” reports Consequence of Sound, Thursday “would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday.”
The Week in Music Oddities:
If you were watching the return of Game of Thrones this week, you probably saw an odd cameo on screen, as Ed Sheeran not only sang, clad in armor, but had a SPEAKING ROLE. I’m sure it was massive for die-hard Sheerios who also love Game of Thrones (new sub-Reddit right there), but for others it seemed like an unnecessary scene written in simply for the cameo. He received a lot of heat for it, in which he left Twitter momentarily for, but then returned saying that his absence on the social media platform was due to unrelated complications.
United Airlines, a company that can’t catch a break this year (like most airlines), accidentally sent ScHoolboy Q’s dog on a different flight this week. The issue was resolved however, and ScHoolboy’s French bulldog is safely at home.
The Week in Music Releases:
- Tyler, the Creator – Scum Fuck Flower Boy
- Avey Tare – Eucalyptis
- Damian Marley – Stony Hill
- Dizzee Rascal – Raskit
- Foster the People – Sacred Hearts Club
- Lana Del Rey – Lust for Life
- Meek Mill – Wins & Losses
- Nav & Metro Boomin – Perfect Timing
- Trae the Truth – The Truth Pt. 3
- Tyga – Bitch, I’m the Shit 2
- Sage the Gemini – Morse Code
Lastly, admire Madame Tussaud’s latest wax celebrity, which is somehow supposed to look like Beyoncé:
Definitely not Beyoncé.