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Kendrick Lamar’s <i>DAMN.</i> Hits No. 1 With Biggest Sales Week of 2017

23 Avril, 2017 - 05:10

Kendrick Lamar’s excellent new album DAMN. has landed at No. 1 in the U.S. charts, amassing higher single-week sales than any other album this year, Billboard reports. The record, released April 14, unseats Drake’s More Life as the year’s best-selling LP in one week, having moved 603,000 copies (353,000 units in traditional album sales and 340.6 million streams). It’s Kendrick’s third consecutive LP to hit the top spot, following To Pimp a Butterfly and last year’s untitled unmastered., and follows “HUMBLE.”’s entry at No. 2 on the singles chart, Kendrick’s highest. The good news for Kendrick fans ends there, however—he recently confirmed that rumors of a DAMN. companion album are unfounded, though he does have more music in the pipeline.

Revisit Pitchfork’s short film on Kendrick:

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Organized Noize Announce New Compilation <i>ONP EP</i> Featuring Big Boi, 2 Chainz, More

23 Avril, 2017 - 00:24

Hip-hop production outfit Organized Noize have announced a new compilation EP. The ONP EP arrives on May 5 via the production group’s own label, Organized Noize Productions. It marks the group’s first-ever compilation EP. The Dungeon Family trio of Rico Wade, Ray Murray, and Sleepy Brown have recruited several guests for the new project, including Big Boi, 2 Chainz, Cee-Lo Green, and more. Listen to “Kush,” featuring 2 Chainz and singer Joi, below, and find the full tracklist for the ONP EP below as well.One of the songs on the new project, “The Art of Organized Noize,” shares a name with a documentary on the trio that was released last year. Organized Noize were recently revealed to have worked on the new record from Bleachers

ONP EP:

01 Anybody Out There [ft. Joi and Scar]
02 We the Ones [ft. Big Boi, Cee-Lo Green, Sleepy Brown, and Big Rube]
03 Chemtrails [ft. Sleepy Brown and Jimmy Brown]
04 Why Can’t We [ft. Sleepy Brown]
05 Kush [ft. 2 Chainz and Joi]
06 Awesome Lovin’ [ft. Sleepy Brown]
07 The Art of Organized Noize

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Coachella 2017: Watch Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon Join Francis and the Lights

22 Avril, 2017 - 07:40

During their set tonight for the second weekend of Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Francis and the Lights brought Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon on to the stage. The frequent collaborators (who previously paired up for the Kanye West-featuring single “Friends”) performed “Thank You,” the closing track from Francis’ 2016 album Farewell, Starlite!. Watch clips from the performance below. Vernon previously performed with Francis at his Eaux Claires Music Festival last year, along with Chance the Rapper.

Read Pitchfork’s interview with Jake Schreier, the director of Francis and the Lights’ “Friends” video, starring Justin Vernon and Kanye West.

Follow our continuing news coverage of Coachella 2017 here

weekend 2 off to a good start with @andthelights x @boniver pic.twitter.com/nvByt1jDlM

— Friends Keep Secrets (@FKSecrets) April 22, 2017

Strong start #francisandthelights #boniver #Coachella #weekend2

A post shared by Sarah I (@kittenmittons12) on Apr 21, 2017 at 10:01pm PDT

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Young Thug Shares Video for New Song “All the Time”: Watch

22 Avril, 2017 - 03:14

Young Thug has shared a video for his new song “All the Time.” The luxurious clip was directed by DAPS, and it features scenes of Young Thug holding a snake, partying in a mansion, and relaxing in a swan-shaped raft in a swimming pool. Watch it all go down below. Young Thug’s last album was 2016’s JEFFERY. Earlier this year, he shared “Safe,” a new song with a Garfield Larmond-directed video. He also recently appeared on Calvin Harris’ “Heatstroke” along with Pharrell and Ariana Grande.

Read “An Interview with JoJo Zarur, Young Thug’s Stylist” on the Pitch.

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Neil Young’s New Streaming Service Is Xstream (No, Really)

21 Avril, 2017 - 22:09

Jay Z’s Tidal is no longer the only player in the high-fidelity streaming world. Neil Young has announced that his Pono company has finalized their own hi-fi streaming service: it’s called Xstream. (Really.) “For more than eight months, I've been working with our small team to look for alternatives,” Young said in a post on the Pono website (according to CBC). “Finding a way to deliver the quality music without the expense and to bring it to a larger audience has been our goal.” The service is described as “adaptive,” meaning, “Xstream plays at the highest quality your network condition allows at that moment and adapts as the network conditions change.”

While final pricing for Xstream has yet to be revealed, Young also spoke on the lessons he learned from launching Pono in 2014. “All songs should cost the same, regardless of digital resolution. Let the people decide what they want to listen to without charging them more for true quality,” he said. “That way quality is not an elitist thing. If high-resolution costs more, listeners will just choose the cheaper option and never hear the quality.” Coincidentally, Xstream is also the name of the fictional streaming company started by Jamal and Hakeem in the show “Empire,” as Exclaim points out.

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James Blake’s Father James Litherland Releasing New Solo Album

21 Avril, 2017 - 21:38

James Blake comes from a musical family; his father, James Litherland, was a founding member of British jazz-rock group Colosseum who also has worked with members of AC/DC, Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck, and more. Litherland’s song “Where to Turn” served as the basis for Blake’s 2011 song “The Wilhelm Scream.” Now, Litherland has announced a new solo album. It’s titled Back 'n Blue, and it arrives June 9. Check out the tracklist below.

Back 'n Blue:

01 What You Want
02 Back 'n Blue
03 Close to Me
04 Miss You Blues
05 Unconditional Love
06 At Least I Didn’t Bore You
07 Pink Corvette
08 Can’t Live Without You
09 Naughty Boy
10 Freedom Road

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Chance the Rapper Declares War on Bootleggers

21 Avril, 2017 - 21:21

Chance the Rapper is taking a hard line against merchandise bootleggers. The rapper and his touring company have filed a a lawsuit in an Illinois district court against yet-to-be-named entities (“JOHN DOES 1-100, individuals, JANE DOES 1-100, individuals, and XYZ COMPANY) in preparation of his next big tour outing. Chance is essentially asserting a preemptive claim for “injunctive and monetary relief” against anyone that might try to sell unauthorized Chance the Rapper merchandise. Pitchfork has reached out to Chance’s representatives and lawyers for further comment.

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Live Nation Sued Over Postponed Janet Jackson Tour: Report

21 Avril, 2017 - 20:30

In 2016, Janet Jackson postponed the remaining dates on her Unbreakable world tour to start a family. (She gave birth to her son Eissa in January 2017.) As of April 2016, Live Nation said that the tour would be rescheduled for 2017, but new shows have not yet been announced. Now, a fan has filed a class action lawsuit against the entertainment company, according to TMZ. The fan, Tiana Adams, reportedly claims that Live Nation is avoiding issuing refunds by saying the Unbreakable tour is “rescheduled” and not “cancelled.” Pitchfork has reached out to representatives for Live Nation and Janet Jackson for comment.

Janet Jackson began her Unbreakable world tour in summer 2015. In December of that year, she was first forced to postpone the tour to undergo surgery. She rescheduled shows in the United Kingdom and Europe, but was then forced to cancel again. Shortly after, she postponed the North American tour leg, which has not yet been rescheduled.

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Kendrick Lamar Confirms There Is No <i>DAMN.</I> Companion Album

21 Avril, 2017 - 20:20

In a new tweet, Kendrick Lamar has once and for all confirmed that the conspiracy theories regarding a companion album to his excellent latest release DAMN. are false. “Kenfolk. ThankU 4 the desire of always anticipating new music of my own,” the message reads. “None is coming. My work will be in our future TDE dates tho.” Since the album’s release last Friday, fans have been speculating about an imminent follow-up LP or another release from Kendrick, citing various clues.

When asked about the rumors during his new interview with Zane Lowe, Kendrick replied, “There’s things. A lot of times people that listen to my music they’re really good. Really, really, really good. I be mind-blown. I be blown away.” 

KenFolk. ThankU 4 the desire of always anticipating new music of my own. None is coming. My work will be in our future TDE dates tho. 💯#DAMN

— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) April 21, 2017

Watch Kendrick Lamar at Pitchfork Music Festival:

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Nico Segal (fka Donnie Trumpet) Releases New Album <i>Exchange</i> With New Band the JuJu: Listen

21 Avril, 2017 - 19:19

Nico Segal (the Chance collaborator formerly known as Donnie Trumpet) has a new band and a new album. The group is a four-piece jazz ensemble called the JuJu. In addition to Segal, it features pianist Julian Reid, bassist Lane Beckstrom, and drummer Everett Reid (as Noisey notes). Their debut record is called Exchange. It features Jamila Woods (on “We Good”), as well as additional production from fellow Chance collaborator Nate Fox; it was also recorded and mixed by Fox and Segal. Listen to the seven-song effort below; scroll down for the JuJu’s performance of “Morning Of” on “Windy City Live.”

Exchange follows Surf, Segal’s 2015 collaboration with the Social Experiment. Last year, he and Fox joined Paul Simon on the track “Stranger.”

Jamila Woods is performing at this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival. Get tickets to her Sunday performance here.

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Jeezy Sued for Wrongful Death in 2014 Shooting: Report

21 Avril, 2017 - 18:16

Jeezy is the defendant in a new wrongful death lawsuit, according to TMZ. The family of Eric Johnson, a concert promoter who was shot and killed in 2014 while backstage at a Jeezy and Wiz Khalifa concert in Mountain View, CA, has brought the suit against the rapper. According to TMZ, the family is noting in their legal documents that witnesses at the time described the alleged shooter as looking similar to Jeezy. The rapper was arrested for possession of an assault rifle following that shooting. Johnson’s family are reportedly suing for “funeral expenses and other damages.” Pitchfork has reached out to representatives for Jeezy for comment.

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Kendrick Lamar Unlocks New Album <i>DAMN.</i> Secrets in Revealing New Interview: Watch

21 Avril, 2017 - 18:01

Kendrick Lamar has given his first interview since the release of his new album DAMN. Last weekend at Coachella, Zane Lowe sat down with Kendrick to discuss his writing process, the album’s themes, not paying attention to internet reactions or conspiracy theories, being inspired by Jay Z and Obama, calling himself the greatest rapper alive, and so much more. He also talked about working with U2, Mike WiLL Made-It, Rihanna, Kid Capri, and Zacari and sampling Geraldo Rivera, and broke down the making of several individual tracks. (Yes, the story about his father and Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith that he tells in album closer “DUCKWORTH.” is true. No, he won't reveal the real story of what's going on in “BLOOD.”) The interview is airing right now on Lowe's Beats 1 Radio show. Watch it below.

Kendrick also revealed that there is a ton of unreleased music from the sessions. He told Lowe that “XXX.,” the song featuring U2, originally had six verses. “That’s why the changes are so crazy.” And when asked about the rumors about a second album’s imminent release, he replied, “There’s things. A lot of times people that listen to my music they’re really good. Really, really, really good. I be mind-blown. I be blown away.” 

On fan reaction to his music, both on the internet and on stage:

As soon as I hit mastering, I just turn that thing in and try not to listen to it or even see the actual response for a while. I’ve been attached to this piece of art for the last year and some change, I’ve indulged so much I don’t even want to hear it. I just want to give it to the people and let them take it and live with it and breathe it. Then when I come back on that stage, that’s when I want to feel it. That’s when I want to see it, that’s when I want to see your reaction. I can’t get that same reaction on internet, through some comments. When I go out there and I see people just really taking these songs to heart, that’s the reaction. 

The internet is a tricky place and the way our minds work in a psychological matter, we’re only going to see the good things anyway. We’re going to block out the negative things. Everybody's not going appreciate and I know how it works. I don't even want to gravitate towards it. I want to go out there and see if you’re sitting out in the crowd looking at me with the mummy face or are you enjoying yourself? 


On listeners expecting him to reference Trump on the album:

I wanted more self-self evaluation and discipline, because what’s going on now. We’re not focusing on him. What’s going on now—we focusing on self. You see real different nationalities and cultures are coming together and actually standing up for themselves and I think that’s a pure reflection of this record prior to this even happening prior to even coming out. We say OK we can’t control—now we see we can control what’s going on out there. It was a whole ‘nother power that be so what we can now is we can start coming together and figuring out our own problems and home solutions. You know I think, I believe, I know, this is what this album reflects. 

On taking shots at Fox News and Geraldo:

I thought it was a trip, that it was clickbait, because anybody that know me they know that you know I represent my people you know and the culture the right way so to try and attack my character you know and make it an actual stunt. I wasn’t for it.

 On “BLOOD.”:

What I can I say about that, without saying about that. It is one of the most interesting pieces on the record. I don’t even know if I can find the wit, the wit to tell you about it. The wit to tell you about the record without telling you about the record. There’s a new life, its a new life.  Lowe: Is it the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning? I can’t tell you that. That’s what I can’t tell you. Come on now, thats the whole thing. Lowe: I had to ask though. (laughs) I know but that's the whole thing On  “DUCKWORTH.”: Lowe: When did you when did you realize that that story had happened? When did that story get shared with you? About a year after I met Top Dawg. I met him when I was 16. My Pops came to the studio after I’d been locked in with him for a minute and we got a relationship now, bring my Pops through. He heard I was dealing with Top Dawg but my Pops personally don’t know him as Top Dawg, the industry know him as Top Dawg... So when he walked in that room and he seen that Top Dawg was this guy, he flipped. Still ’til this day they laugh and they laugh and they trip out and they tell the same story over and over to each other.  Lowe: Have you been waiting to tell that story? Have I been waiting? It was just the right time. Top himself didn’t know I was going to do it or even execute it in that fashion, to be the last song or to be anywhere. Just making it make sense. I remember playing it for him, he flipped because further than the song, when you really can hear your life in words that is so true to you and that effected your life one hundred percent through one decision, it really makes you sit back and cherish the moment. I think that's something we all did playing that record. Like man, look where we at. We’re recording music for the world to hear and we’re taking care of our families. We’re blessed. But listen to these words, like this is what happened. This is real life. It’s amazing and since a kid I’ve aways said to myself ‘anything is possible and it always comes around 10 fold, confirmation.’ And that story is confirmation. 

Read “5 Takeaways From Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN.” on the Pitch, as well as our new interview with Don Cheadle about the "DNA" video.

Revisit Kendrick Lamar’s 2012 interview with Pitchfork.tv:

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7 Albums Out Today You Should Listen to Now: Woods, GAS, <i>Guardians of the Galaxy</i>, More

21 Avril, 2017 - 16:51

With so much good music being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to listen to first. Every week, Pitchfork offers a run-down of significant new releases available on streaming services. This week’s batch includes albums and soundtracks from Woods, Guardians of the Galaxy, GAS, J Dilla, Joe Goddard, Ray Davies, and DJ Quik and Problem.

Woods: Love Is Love [Woodsist]

After releasing City Sun Eater in the River of Light last year, Woods are back with Love Is Love. The album was written and recorded in the two months after the election and is “a meditation on love, and on what life means now.” Read Pitchfork’s review of the title track.

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Various Artists: Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 2 [Hollywood]

In keeping with its predecessor, the second volume of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy features songs from the 1960s and 1970s. The soundtrack includes classics by Fleetwood Mac, Sam Cooke, George Harrison, Electric Light Orchestra, Parliament, Cheap Trick, and more. There’s also an original song with vocals from David Hasselhoff.

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GAS: Narkopop [Kompakt]

Narkopop is Wolfgang Voigt’s first new GAS album in 17 years, following 2000’s Pop. Last year, he released a GAS anthology box set.

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J Dilla: Motor City [Dillatronic]

The latest collection of rare and unreleased J Dilla instrumentals was curated by his mother, Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey. CD and vinyl editions are packaged in a limited-edition mailing envelope with a handwritten message from Ma Dukes to Dilla, illustrating the album’s concept as a “‘letter’ to her son.”

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Joe Goddard: Electric Lines [Greco-Roman/Domino]

Electric Lines is the second solo album from Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard, following 2009’s Harvest Festival. Watch the videos for the LP’s “Lose Your Love” and “Music Is the Answer.”

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Ray Davies: Americana [Legacy]

The Kinks’ Ray Davies is back with a new solo album. Americana, his first album since Working Man’s Café, features the Jayhawks as Davies’ backing band. It follows his 2013 memoir Americana, and includes several spoken word samples from it.

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DJ Quik / ProblemRosecrans [Diamond Lake Music Group, Inc./Blake Enterprises]

Last year, DJ Quik and Problem released a six-song EP called Rosecrans. They’ve now released a full-length record of the same name. It includes the EP songs, as well as six new tracks. The new cuts feature Dom Kennedy, Boogie, MC Eiht, and others.

Listen on Apple Music

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Gorillaz Launch New Album <i>Humanz</i> Listening Party

21 Avril, 2017 - 16:36

Last week, Gorillaz announced a “global listening party” for their new album, Humanz, which is out April 28. The listening session takes place today at 11 a.m. Eastern. To join in, download the band’s augmented reality app, which was also unveiled last week. You can hear the record using the app at specific locations, like Bryant Park in New York City and Silver Lake Meadow in Los Angeles; the full list of locations is available on the app. Earlier this month, Gorillaz announced pop-up listening events leading up to the release, in which fans can visit one of three “Spirit Houses”; in addition to the physical “Spirit Houses,” digital equivalents will apparently exist at the listening locations. The immersive spaces are supposed to replicate the haunted house from the Gorillaz’s recent “Saturn Barz” video.

In addition to the Spirit House, there will be an installation of Jamie Hewlett’s artwork at Sonos’ NYC flagship store (101 Greene Street). It goes on display April 26, and includes Gorillaz artwork from Helwett’s archive.

Gorillaz have also announced two new performances. The day prior to the Hewlett installation (April 25), they have a show at Rough Trade in Brooklyn. Then, on April 27, Gorillaz will perform on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.” Damon Albarn, Seye Adelekan, Jesse Hackett, Mike Smith, Karl Vanden Bossche, Gabriel Wallace, Jeff Wooton, and secret guests will be on the show.

Check out “Gorillaz Saw the Future of Pop Narratives” on the Pitch. 

The party is about to begin, open your Gorillaz app at 4pm BST to find your nearest spirit house..https://t.co/FqhvgNqDvC #HUMANZHOUSEPARTY pic.twitter.com/ABQ3Wak0lA

— gorillaz (@gorillaz) April 21, 2017

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Listen to Burial’s Remix of Goldie’s “Inner City Life”

21 Avril, 2017 - 15:36

Burial’s remix of Goldie’s 1995 song “Inner City Life” is here. Listen to the remix, along with the original “Inner City Life,” below. For Record Store Day tomorrow, the 12” is being released on Goldie’s label, Metalheadz, with his own “2017 Rebuild” on the B-side. The record precedes Goldie’s upcoming album, The Journey Man, which is out June 16, and his memoir, All Things Remembered, out November 2. Burial last emerged in November with the Young Death/Nightmarket 12”. In 2013, Goldie listed Burial as one of the collaborators on his new record. 

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Listen to the War on Drugs’ New Song “Thinking of a Place”

21 Avril, 2017 - 15:11

The War on Drugs have shared a new song, “Thinking of a Place.” It was previously revealed that the band would be issuing the song on vinyl as a 12" single on April 22 for Record Store Day. Listen to the 11-minute track below. The group recently teased a snippet of new music in a video; their last album, Lost in the Dream, was released in 2014. “Thinking of a Place” marks the band’s first new piece of music since the release of that album. In 2016, they contributed a Grateful Dead cover to a massive compilation alongside the National, Courtney Barnett, and more.

Revisit Pitchfork’s feature, “The War on Drugs: Inside Man.”

Watch the War on Drugs perform “Red Eyes” at Primavera Sound via Pitchfork.tv:

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