Here’s more proof that Hip Hop is dead: organizers of the annual Rock The bells music festival starring Kendrick Lamar (pictured above) have canceled concerts planned for New York and Washington due to low ticket sales.
According to Black Twitter, R&B singer Brandy was humiliated and embarrassed after performing for just 40 people in a capacity 90,000 seat arena in South Africa on Saturday.
Several concertgoers at the Mandela Sports and Cultural Day concert tweeted that 90,000 concertgoers left before Brandy hit the stage to perform, Perthnow.com reports.
“Brandy [just] performed to an empty stadium. With the stadium lights on,” tweeted South African musician, Kabomo. “There are more people there on a random Tuesday… Depressing.”
Added @My2_Melo: “I gave up the [minute] I saw the empty stadium. Brandy performing for the chairs!”
Beyonce’s massive ego — and a spiraling recording budget — are two of the main reasons why her new album was scrapped by her record label.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Beyonce recorded 50 songs for her as-yet-untitled album before hitting the road for her world tour.
Despite working with top music producers such as Ne-Yo, none of the resulting songs were hit-making material. And Columbia Records execs are reportedly anxious over the fact that Beyonce went out on tour after putting her album on the back burner.
Despite uniquely creative marketing campaigns, Jay Z’s much-hyped twelfth studio album, ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail,’ is only projected to push 350-400K in first week sales. According to Billboard magazine, Magna Carta’s sales estimates do not include the 1 million advance copies Samsung purchased for $5 each to give away for free to Galaxy owners.
Aging rapper Jay Z put his narcissism on display at a Manhattan art gallery on Wednesday. The 44-year-old rapper lip synced his track “Picasso Baby” for 6 hours at Pace Art Gallery. The publicity stunt was intended to help boost sales of his twelfth studio album, Magna Carta Holy Grail. The album shipped platinum thanks to the 1 million advance copies purchased by Samsung to give away for free to Samsung Galaxy owners.
During his 6-hour repetitive performance of the same song, Jay Z invited observers to join him. Beyonce’s husband cheered on a break dancer, and at one point he was joined by performance artist Marina Abramovic.
A Complex magazine editor captured more Vines of Jay Z’s mind numbing performance after the break.
Jay Z interacted with his fans via a question and answer session on his official Twitter account yesterday to promote his new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail. One fan asked the rap mogul about his reference to Miley Cyrus on his track “Somewhereinamerica,” which The DailyBeast.com calls “the worst song on the album.”
On the track, Jay Z raps: “They see I’m still putting work in / Cause somewhere in America / Miley Cyrus is still twerkin’.” The fan, who obviously has no clue about hip hop metaphors, asked Jigga, “You really think Miley Cyrus still twerking somewhere in America?”
It pays to have friends in high places with deep pockets: money changes everything.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has changed its rules to allow albums given away for free to be counted in Jay Z’s total sales. Electronics giant Samsung recently announced a $20 million sponsorship deal with the aging rapper. The deal immediately began paying dividends for the father-of-two when Samsung bought 1 million advance copies of his soon-to-be released album Magna Carta Holy Grail, which drops on July 4.
SAmsung will give away the albums for free to users who download a radio app to their Samsung smartphones. The 1 million in advanced sales put a quick $5 million in Jay Z’s back pocket. The RIAA originally said the adavance sales would not count toward Jigga’s total sales. Then he took to Twitter to pitch a fit and the RIAA gave in to his demands. In defending its decision to count Jay Z’s giveaways as sales, the RIAA released a long, wordy explanation which basically says that digital sales are a new frontier that allows for “new rules.”
Read an excerpt of the RIAA’s statement after the break.