Summer starts Friday, and one of my favorite parts of the season (aside from beaches and warm weather) is the album and concert boom. Lots of artists go on tour over the summer, and to prep for those tours, they usually release a new album. Hot off the heels of Kanye's "Yeezus" (which came out yesterday!), here are seven albums to get hyped for, as well as the artist's latest single and tour info.
The album: Magna Carter Holy Grail
Release date: July 4
Why it could be good: His album title promises something great, and Jay-Z tends to deliver. Although there hasn't been an official single, info about the album has leaked, and the producer list is a great one: Jahlil Beats, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Rick Rubin, Swizz Beatz, Timbaland, The-Dream, J. Cole, and Just Blaze are among them.
The tour: Find tickets to Jay-Z with Justin Timberlake on the Legends Of The Summer tour.
Last time, Mike presented some of the craziest artist riders, which included Katy Perry, Iggy Pop, Van Halen, and the Foo Fighters.
While Katy Perry demanded "ABSOLUTELY NO CARNATIONS," the Foo Fighters took a lighter approach with odd and funny requests like "one bag of Pirate Booty (but not Johnny Depp's), 24 large bath towels (under threat of a wedgie), 75 pounds of ice, and vegetarian soup (lest there be flatulence among the road crew)."
Since it's public knowledge that some celebrities go a bit over-the-top when it comes to creating a list of requests, it should come as no surprise when I say here are five additional crazy artist riders, plus three of the most reasonable.
You know I love Beyonce. Given that she's kind of a big deal, I'd expect nothing more than extravagant requests for her tour. A few weeks back, the rider for Beyonce's Mrs. Carter Show World Tour supposedly leaked, and here are some of the items on it.
- Freshly painted white walls
- A new toilet seat
- Hand-carved ice balls — AKA ice cubes
- Red toilet paper
- No junk food
- 100% pure cotton clothes for her staff — obviously Queen Bey thinks of others
- Titanium drinking straws — a cool $935 each
I don't even know if these are true, but what Beyonce wants, Beyonce gets.
Yay! I get to mention Beyonce in this week’s post because we’re talking about…
Jay-Z and Beyonce in Cuba
Jay and Bey simply cannot catch a break. The couple recently vacationed in Cuba to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary. But they immediately came under fire from legislators (and the general public) who questioned how and why they were able to visit a country the U.S. restricts its citizens from traveling to. Rather than release a statement, Jay-Z released a new song, "Open Letter," to tackle criticisms. I wouldn’t have it any other way. (The video, above, features the clean version of the song, with the unedited version available on YouTube.) Everyone was talking about the song following its release — even White House representatives, who issued a formal response.