Kanye West and Ty Dolla $ign have unveiled the music video for their collaborative track “Talking/Once Again,” featuring their own children in starring roles.
Released on Wednesday (February 7), the video, directed by the D’Innocenzo Brothers, showcases North West, Kanye’s daughter, as she raps and gets her hair done. Additionally, Ty Dolla $ign’s daughter, Jailynn Crystal, makes an appearance in the video, adding a heartfelt touch as Ty delivers his verses.
In the video, Ty Dolla $ign raps about the challenges of parenthood, reflecting on the passage of time and the desire to protect his daughter: “How much to stop the car from speeding?/ They might try to slow down/ How much to stop my daughter from growing?/ I just can’t take it now.”
After facing numerous delays, the highly anticipated album from Kanye West and Ty Dolla $ign, titled “Vultures,” is finally set to be released. The duo recently announced a listening party for the album, scheduled to take place at the United Center in Chicago on February 8, the night before the album’s official release on February 9.
Both Kanye and Ty Dolla $ign shared promotional flyers on Instagram, confirming the event’s details. The album, presented as “Vultures Volume 1,” marks the first installment in a trilogy planned by the two artists.
With a concert capacity of 23,500, the United Center will host the listening party, offering fans an immersive experience before the album’s debut.
The tracklist for “Vultures Volume 1” has been confirmed, consisting of 13 songs. Notably, North West recently sported a shirt featuring a different tracklist that included appearances from artists like Future, Playboi Carti, Quavo, and more.
Originally scheduled to perform the album in Italy in October, Kanye West and Ty Dolla $ign’s plans were altered, leading to the cancellation of the event. However, they later held two “Vultures” raves, including one in Las Vegas where Kanye reconciled with Kid Cudi.
Following the release of “Vultures Volume 1” on February 9, fans can anticipate “Vultures Volume 2” on March 8, followed by “Vultures Volume 3” on April 5. These albums mark Kanye West’s first independent releases following his departure from Def Jam, concluding his longstanding partnership with the label.
Kanye West and Ty Dolla $ign Plan “Vultures” Listening Experience in Paris
Kanye West and Ty Dolla $ign are set to captivate fans in France with an exclusive “listening experience” for their collaborative project, “Vultures,” scheduled for later this week in Paris.
Taking place on Sunday (February 25) at the Accor Arena, the event promises an immersive encounter with the highly-anticipated album.
Tickets for the Paris event are currently available for purchase through the arena’s website, offering fans a chance to be among the first to hear the new music.
This event follows two previous listening experiences held in Italy, with sessions in Milan and Bologna leading up to the Paris showcase. Tickets for the Italian events can be acquired through the respective venues.
In October 2023, speculation arose regarding a potential performance by Kanye West at the RCF Arena in Reggio Emilia, Italy, organized by Italian promoter Vivo Concerti. However, the event was never officially confirmed.
Interestingly, Kanye and Ty Dolla $ign have ties to Italy beyond their upcoming listening experiences. Both artists collaborated with a group of Inter Milan super fans on “Vultures 1,” featuring the Curva Nord Milano fan group as backing vocalists on tracks like “Stars” and “Carnival.”
Yet, “Vultures 1” has faced its share of controversies. Recently, the album encountered issues when the track “Good (Don’t Die)” was removed from Spotify due to a sampling dispute involving Donna Summer’s 1977 disco hit “I Feel Love.”
The drama extended to the album’s distribution, as it was temporarily removed from Apple Music following a complaint from its distributor, FUGA. However, a new distribution agreement was swiftly reached with Label Engine, facilitating the album’s return to streaming platforms.
In response to the challenges, Kanye West urged fans on Instagram to purchase the album directly from his website, Yeezy.com, emphasizing his dedication to sharing his music despite setbacks.
Amidst these hurdles, the estate of Donna Summer expressed dissatisfaction with Kanye West and Ty Dolla $ign’s alleged unauthorized use of “I Feel Love” in “Vultures 1,” citing copyright infringement concerns.
Beyoncé Makes History as First Black Woman to Top Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart
Beyoncé has shattered records yet again, becoming the first Black woman to claim the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart with her latest single, “Texas Hold ’Em.”
The groundbreaking achievement was announced by Billboard on Tuesday (February 20), alongside the revelation that another track from Beyoncé’s surprise drop, “16 Carriages,” debuted at No. 9 on the same chart.
Both songs were released unexpectedly on February 11, following their announcement during a Verizon commercial aired during Super Bowl LVIII. Beyoncé also disclosed that these tracks would feature on her upcoming album, Renaissance: Act II, slated for release on March 29.
The surprise release confirmed speculations among fans about Beyoncé’s venture into country music, fueled by hints such as her country-inspired attire at the 2024 Grammy Awards and lyrics from her 2019 single “Black Parade,” where she sings, “I’m going back to the South, where my roots ain’t watered down,” hinting at a country direction for Act II.
While Beyoncé’s camp has neither confirmed nor denied the trilogy rumors, there had been prior indications that the original Renaissance album was part of a larger narrative arc.
Days after their release, “Texas Hold Em” made history as Beyoncé’s inaugural entry on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, debuting at No. 54 with 1.1 million in audience via 100 stations at the format in the tracking week ending February 15.
Billboard’s data is drawn from around 150 country music stations across the United States, as surveyed by Mediabase.
“We immediately added it [in] a sub-power rotation, which is where we put top-trending new music,” remarked Bo Matthews, program director at KBAY San Jose. “I want people to hear it. One of the biggest artists in the world delivered a great country record for us to have fun with, and the song is really good.
“We are in the business of creating excitement for our listeners, and I’m embracing the moment. Plus, there is plenty of room for great artists, even from other genres. It’s a big country tent,” Matthews added, highlighting the genre’s evolving inclusivity.
2Pac Murder Suspect Keefe D’s Trial Delayed, New Trial Date Set
he trial for Keefe D, a suspect in the murder of 2Pac, has been postponed, pushing the proceedings back by several months.
As reported by ABC 13 in Las Vegas on Tuesday (February 20), Keefe D’s new attorney, Carl “E.G.” Arnold, requested the delay, citing the need for additional time to review the discovery materials related to the case.
Originally slated to commence on June 3, the trial is now rescheduled for November 4, following Arnold’s plea for an extension.
During a hearing on Tuesday, Arnold expressed confidence in his client’s eventual acquittal, stating, “He’s upbeat that he can possibly get out of here real soon.” Arnold emphasized the necessity for the prosecution to present evidence regarding the alleged firearm, vehicle, and Keefe D’s whereabouts in Las Vegas at the time of the incident.
Last month, Keefe D opted to replace his public defenders with Arnold, a Howard University School of Law graduate recognized in the legal community for his expertise, having been named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100.
Regarding bail, the presiding judge set a $750,000 cash bond in early January. Additionally, the judge ruled that if Keefe D can meet the bail requirement, he may be placed under house arrest, provided he wears an ankle monitor.
Earlier, Keefe D’s court-appointed attorneys had appealed for leniency, citing his poor health and assuring that he posed no flight risk. They had hoped for a bail amount not exceeding $100,000, considering his financial constraints.
Although Nevada permits capital punishment, prosecutors have indicated that they will not pursue the death penalty in Keefe D’s case if he is found guilty.
50 Cent, Drake, and The Game Among Celebrities Falsely Registered to Vote
A recent revelation has surfaced indicating that high-profile celebrities such as 50 Cent, Drake, and The Game were falsely registered to vote under the same address without their consent.
According to a report by The Houston Chronicle last week, records from the Harris County Tax Assessor’s Office showed that on August 15, 2023, names including those of the aforementioned artists, along with Trey Songz and Chris Brown, were submitted for voter registration in Texas. Notably, none of these individuals cast a ballot in the most recent elections.
The loophole in federal law allowed for this fraudulent activity to occur, as Texas doesn’t mandate individuals to provide identification, driver’s license, or Social Security Number during the registration process. Applicants are only required to provide legal names and birth dates.
The individuals behind this scheme listed each name under a residency in Katy, Texas, bypassing the requirement for further identification.
Moreover, the perpetrator(s) knowingly signed documents acknowledging the legal repercussions of their actions, including the possibility of imprisonment and fines for perjury under state and federal law.
“This is not fooling around,” commented UT Austin law professor Randall Erben, highlighting the severity of the situation. “These people are either committing high misdemeanors or felonies.”
While 50 Cent may not be eligible to vote in Texas, he recently caused a stir by suggesting his support for Donald Trump in the upcoming elections while criticizing New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ proposed program of distributing pre-paid debit cards to migrants.
In a now-deleted Instagram post, the G-Unit mogul expressed his confusion and frustration with the program, hinting at a preference for Trump as a solution to his grievances.
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