If you stayed up late to hear Tory Lanez break his silence, you’ll have been disappointed. But if you were desperate for new music from the Canadian rapper, you were in luck. In the end, nightowls got a taste of both.
Lanez mobilized his fanbase earlier in the day with the tease of a potentially dynamite admission.
“To my fans … I’m sorry for my silence …. but respectfully .. I got time today …… 9 PM PST,” he tweeted.
Of course, there’s some serious backstory to this. Megan Thee Stallion has repeatedly accused Lanez of shooting her in the leg during a confrontation in August.
Earlier this month, the 28-year-old rapper and singer, whose real name is Daystar Peterson, reportedly apologized to the “WAP” rapper in a personal text message, but has yet to comment publicly on the alleged incident.
As the clock struck midnight ET, Lanez’ big reveal was something else entirely. For the thousands who checked in, they got a teaser for a new tell-all record, Daystar.
“There is a time to stay silent . And a time to speak ….. I said all I could say on this … ALL PLATFORMS … ….. #DAYSTAR … I’ll be back to y’all soon …. respectfully ….,” he posted.
Spanning 17 tracks, Daystar dropped in full in the small hours. On it, you’ll find Lanez’ response. The lead track “Money Over Fallouts” is layered with questions on the veracity of the incident and features the line, “Gotta see a couple questions: how the f*** you get shot in your foot, don’t hit no bones or tendons?”
Megan Thee Stallion has yet to respond.
Stream it below.
Matt Maeson’s “Hallucinogenics” is already the ideal soundtrack for the feeling of losing touch, and now he’s added Lana Del Rey to a new rendition of the track released on Friday (Sept. 25).
Del Rey’s ethereal vocals fit perfectly into the song’s acoustic nature, trading lines with Maeson before they come together for the chorus. “Pushin’ past the limit, trippin’ on hallucinogenics / My cigarette burnt my finger ’cause I forgot I lit it,” they sing in unison.
The original “Hallucinogenics” is featured on Maeson’s debut album, Bank on the Funeral.
Listen to the Lana Del Rey version below.
Travis Scott is still raging, well into 2020.
Just a week after the Houston rapper had fans hyped for his new single “Franchise” by making it available for pre-order last week for only 69 cents, the song featuring Young Thug and M.I.A. officially dropped alongside a music video on Friday (Sept. 25).
Scott partnered with IMAX to make the global debut of his “Franchise” music video Thursday at select theaters at the night showings (past 7 p.m. local time) of Christopher Nolan’s film Tenet. Scott recently recorded “The Plan” for Nolan’s movie.
Nolan delivered a handwritten letter to Scott, who posted it on Twitter, about his anticipation for the world premiere of “Franchise.” “Travis– Love the video (shot on film, no less!). I can’t wait to hear it on the IMAX speakers, and see those sheep stampede across the giant screen as part of a Travis/Tenet/Travis sandwich!” the Oscar-winning filmmaker wrote.
Watch the “Franchise” video below.
Kevin Parker is used to being hit up for production work. This time, the Tame Impala maestro taps Blood Orange to rework one his latest and greatest, “Borderline.”
Blood Orange (aka Dev Hynes) overhauls the single with original instrumentation by the Englishman, does a gear-shift on Parker’s vocals, and drums by Porches’ Aaron Maine.
The result is unrecognizable from the original, which appeared on Tame Impala’s fourth and latest studio album The Slow Rush.
Blood Orange’s reimagined cut is dreamy and organic with a touch of dub. It’s a stoner’s waking dream.
Earlier in the week, Parker and Tame Impala got in the groove for a live performance of “Borderline” on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. The track is now certified gold in the United States.
Following its release Feb. 14, The Slow Rush bowed at No. 1 in Australia, and went in at No. 3 in the U.S. (a new career high) and U.K.
Blood Orange has a strong connection with the land Down Under. The one-time Test Icicles member lends his considerable talents to another critically-lauded Aussie act, The Avalanches, on the title track to their forthcoming third album We Will Always Love You, due out Dec. 11.
Team Joe Sings, a concert series from the team behind Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and VP nominee Kamala Harris’ 2020 campaign, unveiled its second batch of artists on Thursday (Sept. 24).
Matt Berninger (of The National), Chloe x Halle, X Ambassadors, Andrew Bird, JP Saxe, Jonathan Facka, Alfred Howard, Aniello, and Susan Werner performed two songs virtually in support of the Biden for President campaign. Performances are uploaded onto the acts’ respective YouTube channels at 8 p.m. ET every Thursday until the Nov. 3 election.
The group follows last week’s performances by Kesha, Anthony Hamilton, Los Lobos, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service, Harlem Gospel Travelers and MisterWives.
“We need change and we need it now. Our current president has proven over and over that he lacks basic empathy and honesty,” Kesha said in a press statement. “I love this country and I think we deserve better. In our Declaration of Independence it says ‘all men are created equal’ it was a nice start, but now we know we need to give all people equal rights, protection, and opportunity no matter what they look like or who they love. I believe Joe Biden and Kamala Harris can help us win this fight for equality.”
Watch Berninger’s performance of “Distant Axis” below.
The Smashing Pumpkins’ frontman Billy Corgan chatted with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe about reassembling the Chicago alt-rockers for a new album and the evolving state of mainstream pop.
Corgan listed his rock-leaning musical influences David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and The Beatles, but he appreciates how pop stars like Halsey and Lady Gaga have been leaning into other genres in a “musical world that I dreamed of.”
“I think the good news is that we’re now in, or we’ve entered into, the musical world that I dreamed of. Which is that you hear pop artists like Halsey doing almost alternative tracks. You see Gaga doing a country album,” Corgan said of their output. “I mean, artists really should explore the space, and if they’re gifted enough, they should be able to pull it off. If they’re not, that’s okay too.”
Although the 53-year-old star muses over his dream musical world, it’s not perfect yet. The division in American politics that’s especially intensified ahead of the Nov. 3 election presents a historical tension Corgan’s been talking about since the ’90s when The Smashing Pumpkins starred on the cover of Melody Maker.
“So this has been a long, long building narrative. And we have a tremendous opportunity now to come together and sort of build the perfect world, the perfect music world, the perfect artistic world, the perfect world for everybody to achieve their dream,” he added. “Or we can carry on and repeat those history books that I’ve read too where it ends up with weird, weird stuff happening.”
Listen to Corgan’s At Home Playlist here and his Apple Music interview here.
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