The Week in Music Politics:
Rihanna spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron this past Wednesday to discuss improving children’s education around the world (pictured above). “I was so inspired and impressed with his leadership,” said Rihanna. “I can’t wait for you guys to hear where this is going to go, but I think this is the year for education.”
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, a frequent favorite of the #NoRoleModelz section, has cancelled his Purpose tour due to a sudden need to “rededicate himself to Christ.” His crew is “incredibly pissed off at him,” and so is a certain photographer that got hit by his pickup truck. The photographer is fine, and Bieber did stay with him until the paramedics arrived, but he was also the one who hit him and reportedly needs Jesus.
The Week in Music Business:
Billboard is reporting that Jay-Z has been losing close to a million dollars a week by not allowing 4:44 on Spotify. Regardless, the record still went platinum.
The Week in Music Oddities:
For a recent Apple Music hosted Arcade Fire show in Brooklyn last Thursday night, Apple released an odd dress code for the filming, demanding everyone leave home their “shorts, large logos, flip flops, tank tops, crop tops, baseball hats, and solid white or red clothing.” “Band has nothing to do with a dress code or taking people’s phones. Must be an Apple thing. Maybe Black turtlenecks :),” wrote band member Win Butler. “Wear whatever you want to any show.”
A chef has been making rappers out of sushi art, and it’s pretty damn cute. You can check out his work here via his Instagram page.
The Week in Music Releases:
- Amine – Good for You
- Arcade Fire – Everything Now
- Vic Mensa – The Autobiography
Lastly, here’s a video for Pussy Riot’s new “immersive experience” in London: