Kanue West has been so prominent in the music industry that it just doesn't seem like five years since his last major solo tour, does it? But that is, in fact, the case with the upcoming Yeezus Tour. The outing, which will visit more than 20 cities, will feature Kendrick Lamar as the opening act for most dates, with other guests for the remaining dates to be announced. It begins on October 19 at KeyArena in Seattle, WA, and end on December 7 at Toyota Center in Houston, TX.
Aside from a couple one-off performances earlier this year and five dates in July and December of last year, and a couple other one-offs and festival appearances, most of West's touring activities have been as part of double-headliners. He toured with Jay-Z in 2011 and 2012, and was to be part of an ultimately cancelled double-headliner with Lady Gaga in 2009 and 2010.
See below the for U.S. dates and visit the Kanye West page for more information on tickets.
Twitter is good for a couple of things — personal updates that don't belong on Facebook, promoting yourself, and following celebrities. There's a reason so many musicians and actors have verified Twitter accounts. It gives them a chance to connect with fans (if they want to), release official statements, make announcements, and overall seem less like this untouchable, otherworldly being and more like regular people.
Some celebrities take tweeting very seriously, some use their accounts strictly for promotional purposes, some probably shouldn't tweet at all — but some are really amazing. Here are five of the best celebrities to follow on Twitter.
1. Kanye West
Twitter handle: @kanyewest
Why you should follow: Kanye used to be the master of tweets, even once inspiring Josh Groban to dramatically sing them aloud on a late-night show (see video above). Most of his tweets were written in capital letters and they were always amazing. Although Kanye's tweets have calmed a bit since — they're in lowercase letters and his recent batch include info about his latest video — you never know when CAPS LOCK KANYE WILL RETURN.
Man…ninjas are kind of cool…I just don’t know any personally
I make awesome decisions in bike stores!!!
Sometimes I get emotional over fonts
I hate when I’m on a flight and I wake up with a water bottle next to me like oh great now I gotta be responsible for this water bottle
Now that our Independence Day celebrations are over, we're talking about weird baby names, dogs who perform good deeds, and kid movies done right.
Unique baby names
Last week, everyone was up in arms about the news that Kim and Kanye had named their first daughter North... West. Not that it matters what I think, but I don't hate it. I think it's kind of funny. Anyway, this week, it came out that 146 other babies in the U.S. joined the "unique baby name" bandwagon — they were all named Khaleesi, a made up word from the George R. R. Martin "A Song of Ice and Fire" books and HBO's "Game of Thrones" television series. The name means "queen" in the Dothraki language. To be fair... Daenerys Targaryen AKA Khaleesi has definitely had some of the best scenes in all of "Game of Thrones." So I will reserve my judgment.
This week, I almost wrote about Lauren Conrad's new book coming out, but no one is talking about that except... well, me. And Lauren Conrad. So instead, let's discuss an 11-year-old's awesome National Anthem rendition, Kanye West's impeccable interview skills, and the return of HBO's "True Blood" for its season 6 premiere.
NBA Finals National Anthem
11-year-old Sebastien De La Cruz's performed the National Anthem at game 3 of the NBA Finals earlier this week. People immediately took to Twitter, angry that Cruz was the one selected to sing the National Anthem because apparently he didn't look "American" enough, whatever that means. Thankfully, those people were in the minority, and many rallied behind Sebastien not only because it's the right thing to do, but because his performance was awesome. Sebastien was invited back to sing at Game 4 of the finals — with an introduction by San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and his wife. Kudos to Sebastien for taking it all in stride. Also, how cute is his mariachi outfit?