2019 remains a cursed year for Woodstock 50 as the anniversary event continues to face logistical nightmare after logistical nightmare. The festival, which according to the official website’s live countdown still takes place in a month and still boasts acts like The Killers, Dead & Company, Jay-Z, and Chance the Rapper, lost its original venue at the Watkins Glen Raceway in NY earlier this month. In more recent news, the proposed celebration of peace and culture was denied a permit at the much smaller Vernon Downs Raceway just this week.
Woodstock 50’s have five days to appeal the decision, but Oneida Country Administrator Anthony Picente Jr. stated that the chances of the festival happening at Vernon Downs is “highly unlikely.”
Woodstock 50’s organizers released a statement following the
“In response to the denial of an event permit by the Town of Vernon, Woodstock 50 believes certain political forces may be working against the resurrection of the Festival. Local reports claim Woodstock’s filing for the permit was “incomplete” but that is not the case. Woodstock 50 officials were informed by the Town of Vernon that most questions had been answered and asked only that Woodstock submit medical, safety/security and traffic plans by this past Sunday, which it did. With a venue chosen, financing assembled and many of the artist’s [sic] supporting Woodstock’s 50th Anniversary event, the organizers are hopeful that their appeal and reapplication tonight will prevail without further political interference.”
The festival, which was originally planned as a 3 -day event including camping, is now being pitched as three 1-day events where attendees leave and return each day. Woodstock 50’s fate may be up in the air, but as the festival website’s live countdown insists, time is ticking…
At this late date it’s rare to encounter music that truly sounds like nothing else, but El Mal Querer pulled it off last year. The Catalonian singer Rosalía’s second album was truly unique, alchemizing traditional flamenco with futuristic R&B in a manner that felt both natural and visionary. Palmas that hit like accented … More »
According to a new report by Forbes,JAY-Z‘s fortune has now surpassed $1 billion, officially crowning the legendary mogul hip-hop’s first billionaire. How HOV became hip-hop’s most paid man is no secret through—the rapper’s famed 23-year come up has been well documented across 18 studio LPs, canonizing the story of a Brooklyn drug dealer that changed the course of music history in America.
JAY’s first major moves included the launch of Roc-A-Fella Records and Rocawear in the late 1990’s, and over the course of an illustrious quarter-century career his ever-expanding portfolio has come to include investments in high-end spirits like his co-venture with Bacardi, D’Ussé, his champagne brand Armand de Brignac, Uber, and of course his streaming platform, TIDAL which he purchased in 2015.
Forbes calculates that the 4:44 rhymer has $75 million invested in Roc Nation as well as an additional $75 million in his own music catalog. TIDAL accounts for a $100 million investment. According to the report, JAY’s real estate holdings total $50 million and his art collection is worth more than $70 million. Now, HOV’s iconic line on Kanye‘s 2005 “Diamonds From Sierra Leone” remix rings truer today than ever—“I’m not a businessman; I’m a business, man.”
Rapper JAY-Z will host a TIDAL listening party for the upcoming posthumous Prince album Originals on June 6 in Los Angeles. The new 15-track LP features 14 previously unreleased tracks from Prince’s “vault” including original versions of songs that the late musician wrote for other artists including Sheila E.’s “The Glamorous Life,” the Bangles’, “Manic Monday”, Vanity 6’s “Make-Up,” Kenny Rogers’ “You’re My Life”, and more. Originals was curated by JAY-Z and Troy Carter on behalf of the Prince Estate.
Prince has previously worked with TIDAL on a number of exclusive releases such as 2015 albums Hit n Run Phase One and Hit n Run Phase Two., and personally curated vault selections. Both Prince and JAY-Z have expressed both their respect for each other and gratitude for collaborating together.
JAY-Z said in a statement, “Prince led the way, for artistic freedom, for ownership. He’s one of the bravest people I can think of in the industry. He trusted us, not just me, but TIDAL, to continue his fight. Trying to help further that legacy through his music is both an honor we couldn’t pass up as an organization dedicated to empowering artists. This gives his true fans that peak behind the curtain.”
Originals will be available to stream exclusively on TIDAL June 7, followed by a wide release via Warner Bros on June 21 and Deluxe 1-CD/2-LP and 2-LP editions on July 19.
DJ Khaled has been teasing Father Of Asahd for a while now. Last year, we heard “Top Off” featuring Jay-Z, Beyoncé, and Future and “No Brainer” featuring Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper, and Quavo. The man knows how to pack pop stars into a song! Tonight, he’s finally releasing the new … More »
Pharrell Williams hosted the inaugural edition of his Something In The Water music festival this weekend in his hometown of Virginia Beach. While organizers were forced to cancel its first day due to severe thunderstorms, the festival continued as planned on Saturday, with performances from ASAP Ferg, Mac DeMarco, Kaytranada, J … More »
The iconic New York City venue Webster Hall reopened its doors after nearly two years of renovations last night, and an iconic New York City artist helped to kick the party off. JAY-Z performed B-Sides 2, a sequel to his Tidal-sponsored 2015 B-Sides concert at New York’s Terminal 5, and he … More »
After two years, the historic New York City venue Webster Hall will finally reopen its doors with its first show since its closing in August 2017.
The act atop the debut parallels the lofty stature of the event, with the venue enlisting none other than JAY-Z for the reopening. The iconic rapper and mogul will be bringing his B-Sides 2 performance to Webster on Friday, April 26. Dubbed Tidal X: Jay Z B-Sides, the first ever B-Sides gig featured rare tracks and other never-before-performed material, also taking place in New York at Terminal 5 and streaming through TIDAL. It would certainly please fans for the heatedly anticipated follow-up performance to receive the same TIDAL treatment, though the streaming capabilities surrounding the show have yet to be confirmed.
Webster Hall has already announced a diverse set of events for its reemergence. Dillon Francis will be the first DJ act to play Webster since Skrillex and Boys Noize closed it out two years ago. Francis will play the night after JAY-Z on Saturday, April 27. Other artists on the event roster include MGMT, Empire of the Sun, FKJ, Chromeo and a long length of others.
Tickets for Webster Hall’s opening night go on sale to the general public Friday, April 19 at 11:00 am EDT. AMEX presale begins Thursday, April 18 at 10:00 am EDT. The sale can be accessed here on Ticketmaster.
Acclaimed New York based night club and music venue, Webster Hall will re-open to the public on Friday, April 26th after closing their doors for an extensive 2 year renovation. To commensurate the grand re-opening, none other than native New Yorker and 19 time Grammy award winner Jay-Z is set to hit the stage and headline Webster
Webster Hall is an historic music venue in New York’s East Village. The building has been hosting concerts under various names and ownerships since 1886, but it’s been closed for renovations since August of 2017, six months after NYC promoters BSE Global and The Bowery Presents acquired its operating rights and assets. The companies recently … More »