As if Ye’s Easter Sunday Service wasn’t already enough to satisfy the masses, Coachella‘s second weekend continued to check all the boxes including a surprise appearance by Kanye West during Kid Cudi’s Coachella set. The duo performed tracks from their collaborative Kids See Ghosts project, including “Reborn” and “Ghost Town” while also slipping in “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1” from Ye’s The Life of Pablo. Other bonuses during Cudi’s Coachella performance include special appearances by Ty Dolla $ign and 070 Shake and a tribute song dedicated to Nipsey Hussle and Mac Miller.
Ye and Cudi formed Kids See Ghosts and released their eponymous debut album in 2018. Cudi’s last solo album Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ came out in 2016; he has since confirmed work on his forthcoming LP and projected its release sometime in 2019. Watch clips of the duo performing below.
Coachella‘s second weekend is growing to become as buzzy as its first. Greater amounts of surprise guest appearances take place—for example, J Balvin joined Rosalía on stage on Friday, and Kanye West made his way into Kid Cudi’s set. Live streaming also expanded to weekend two for its first time ever in 2019, which includes never-before-seen streams of the Yuma tent, and a “Curated” lineup of artist targets hosted by KCRW’s Jason Bentley. The streaming also includes another rarity exclusive to weekend two: Kanye West’s Easter Sunday Service, hosted on the campgrounds at 9:15am on April 21.
Those there in person and watching the live stream were gifted with something special: a brand new Kanye single which has been unveiled as “Water.” The tune was moving and soulful, making an impact when assisted by the large choir Kanye had booked for the performance. It was debuted after the rapper had performed a rendition of “All Falls Down.”
Coachella has welcomed hundreds of thousands of attendees to the 2019 edition of their festival, ensuring that those unable to attend can stream the weekend events from the comfort of their home. For the first time in Coachella history, the festival has decided to stream both weekends of the event, with weekend two capturing Kanye West‘s Sunday Service performance within the festival campgrounds.
Kanye initiates his Sunday Service performances with a choir in tow, typically dedicating an hour to gospel performances with weekly performances in the neighbourhood of Calabasas, California. These gatherings are reportedly invitation only, however viewers can witness his two-hour performance on the Coachella livestream at 9am PT/12pm ET.
Coachella 2019 is just around the corner, and for those who couldn’t make the trek out to Indio, technology is here to save the day.
Fans can watch their preferred performances on Coachella’s YouTube channel, which indicates that 46 artists have been confirmed for live-stream coverage (and counting). These artists include Dillon Francis, Gorgon City, J Balvin, Wiz Khalifa, and more. While this is its ninth year in a row offering a live stream, it’s the first year that the festival will broadcast both weekends.
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“American Boy” caught on like wildfire upon its 2011 release, putting Estelle on the map as a prime new talent to follow with a Kanye West co-sign. The single has since become a bonafide pop classic, and now Lost Frequencies has arrived to add a dance music twist. Per his usual M.O., the producer has twisted the original into an equally euphoric, chilled-out house tune with minimal layering. Estelle and Kanye’s vocals continue to take center stage, while Lost Frequencies builds around them with warm, analog synth melodies and a simple underlying chord progression that keeps the track bouncing along at an even pace. Taking on a megahit is always an intimidating task, but Lost Frequencies has proven he’s par for the task in this new remix.
Lost Frequencies was recently hosted on our Axis mix series. Give his mix here a spin after enjoying his “American Boy” re-do.
Coachella‘s weekend two crowd won’t get an average Easter Sunday mass—they’ll get Kanye West‘s viral Sunday Service. West will bring his live choral concept to the Indio Valley festival on April 21, where the rapper will host the Sunday Service session at 9:00 a.m. The live performance will be a weekend two exclusive.
Aptly titled, Sunday Service is West’s traveling adaptation of the religious choir that would traditionally lead a church congregation in song during a Sunday mass. But unlike the customary church choir, Kanye’s Sunday Services singers’ repertoire ranges far beyond the conventional psalms. West’s Sunday Service has delivered gospel renditions of songs like Mary J Blige‘s “Real Love,” and Kid Cudi‘s “Reborn,” as well as various West originals, like “Heard ‘Em Say” and of course “Jesus Walks.”
The oldest federal cultural institution in the United States, the Library of Congress is home to thousands of texts, maps, recordings, and more, making it a living collection of culturally significant contemporary media. Joining artists like Radiohead, Chic, John Coltrane, and Run-D.M.C., JAY-Z has been honored by the National Recording Registry, as his classic album, The Blueprint, has officially received archive status in the Library of Congress.
The Blueprint was critically-acclaimed for lyrically cataloging Brooklyn life at the turn of the millennium, while showcasing then up-and-coming producers Kanye West and Just Blaze. A status given to recordings that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States,” other notable projects being simultaneously archived include Nina Simone‘s “Mississippi Goddam,” Earth, Wind, & Fire‘s “September,” and Curtis Mayfield‘s Superfly.
Drake‘s 2009 mixtape, So Far Gone, has made its way to streaming services for the first time, in honor of the seminal project’s 10-year anniversary. With a decade now in its rear-view, So Far Gone is newly available on all major streaming platforms. Drake paid homage to the 17-track offering’s milestone anniversary with a retrospective Instagram post that recognized the mixtape’s many contributors.
“@kanyewest a decade ago I rapped over your beat cause you just made the best shit and even though you stay wildin on Twitter these days I will never forget what you contributed to the game and my career,” Drake said. Drake notably rapped over the beat from Kanye‘s “Say You Will” on So Far Gone inclusion, “Say What’s Real.”
The 2019 “Best Rap Song” Grammy Award winner also name dropped producer, Boy-1da, Trey Songz, Ben Baller, and Lil Wayne, among others. “@liltunechi a decade ago you took me out of Toronto and gave me the biggest blessing anyone has ever given me,” Drake wrote. So Far Gone touts a number of OG fan favorites, including “Best I Ever Had,” “Houstatlantavegas.”
Authorities in Norway are now investigating TIDAL over the alleged streaming number inflations that came to light back in 2016. The Jay-Z-owned company that has long been under speculation and scrutiny now faces an investigation led by the Norwegian Authority for Investigation of Economic and Environmental Crime, also known as Økokrim, according to a report from Bloombergquint.
In March of 2016, TIDALreported that Kanye West‘s The Life Of Pablo, which was exclusively released on TIDAL, earned 250 million streams in 10 days. At the time, the streaming service claimed they had more than 3 million people subscribed. Those numbers would infer that every TIDAL subscriber was playing The Life Of Pablo more than eight times a day. After TIDAL reported Beyoncé‘s record-breaking album Lemonade was streamed 306 million times in just 15 days after its release, Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv raised their eyebrows and began to look closer. After January 2017 investigation, the major accusation was that “Beyoncé’s and Kanye West’s listener numbers on TIDAL have been manipulated to the tune of several hundred million false plays… which has generated massive royalty payouts at the expense of other artists.”
TIDAL has called Dagens Næringsliv’s reporting a “smear campaign” in the past and hired a third party to investigate what it is calling a data breach. After the Bloombergquint report, a TIDAL representative was reached by Complex and stated, “TIDAL is not a suspect in the investigation. We are communicating with Økokrim. From the very beginning, [Dagens Næringsliv] has quoted documents that they have not shared with us in spite of repeated requests. DN has repeatedly made claims based on information we believe may be falsified. We are aware that at least one person we suspected of theft has been questioned. We cannot comment further at this time and refer to our previous statement, which still stands.”
According to IFPI’s 2018 Global Music Report, streaming accounted for 38.4 percent of total music revenue and grew 41.1 percent from the previous year. Streaming’s global influence on the industry continues to grow and evolve is already a multi-billion dollar industry despite what seems to be a lack of regulation.
Kanye West became one of the most talked-about topics in the Coachella rumor mill around the mega-festival’s 2019 when word began circulating that he’d been tapped to headline. Right before the billing was unveiled, however, a new story arose: Kanye had apparently pulled out of headlining due to contention over the main stage design.
An exclusive report from Billboard dove deeper into this rumor, and found the truth to be seemingly more absurd than what curious onlookers had originally thought. Apparently, Kanye wanted to bring in one of his longtime arts collaborators, John McGuire, on board to build an entire new dome stage in the middle of the Coachella grounds for him to perform under. Such a plan would require removal of porta-potties, a reinvisioning of the entire venue organization, and more than likely would take too long to complete before Weekend 1 settled in, according to a report. As a result of Golden Voice rejecting this idea and Kanye not wanting to disrupt his vision, Ariana Grande was soon brought in to headline instead.
Billboard also pointed out that a similar dissolution between Kanye and festival promoters happened earlier in 2018, when the rapper was initially set to headline Governor’s Ball in New York. It seems as though he’s simply not a festival-friendly act.