Sunday, July 28, 2013
Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film which Hov shot at the Pace Gallery in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood a couple of weeks ago will debut this Friday, August 2 at 11PM on HBO. Just before that, he will appear on Real Time with Bill Maher for an interview at 10PM. Above is a lil teaser.
The Yeezus rapper recently launched Donda’s House, a nonprofit in memory of his mother Dr. Donda West. The organization is joining forces with Chicago’s Ark of St. Sabina for “Got Bars” Music Writing & Fitness Program.
Fellow rapper Rhymefest is the program’s assistant director.
“I am so happy to launch “Got Bars” to honor Kanye West’s mother’s memory and to fulfill one of my Aldermanic campaign goals. “Got Bars” will change our youth musically, get them healthy and keep them busy in a creative, peaceful environment. I know it will be an even stronger program because of our partnership with the ARK of St. Sabina,” said Rhymefest in a press release.
The ARK is a community youth center located on the St. Sabina campus in Chicago. It was created to “nurture and develop the gifts, skills, and spirit of community youth” and to provide a safe environment.
“Got Bars” will service participants between the ages of 15 and 24.
“My mom spent her life as an educator and I am happy that Donda’s House can pick up her torch and honor her life’s mission,” said Kanye West.
Applications are being accepted through Friday, August 2, 2013. Apply on DondasHouse.com.
Chris Brown is using his star power for a good cause. The R&B superstar showed his support for Trayvon Martin while passing out Reebok sneakers to youth at Roy Campanella Park in Compton during the second “WE US: Walk Everywhere in Unity’s Shoes” event held this month.
He brought together L.A. City Council members, the LAPD, and youth development organizations to help “inspire a message of unity.”
“Thankful for all of the people who came together to help give back today!” tweeted Breezy.
In advance of his upcoming album X, he previewed some unreleased tracks including “Favorite Girl” and “It’s Your Fantasy” for his Chris Brown Channel subscribers.
“Love More,” his new single featuring Nicki Minaj, is expected to debut by the end of this month.
Friday, July 26, 2013
Robin Thicke continues to smash the charts with his lead single "Blurred Lines" by shattering the all time radio record for highest audience ever recorded. This week, the songs total audience of 242.65 million broke the previous record of 188.8 million, a margin of 54 million. The Pharrell and T.I. assisted track is also the most downloaded song of the week ending June 23rd, scanning over 428,000 digital copies.
The single has spent 7 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, which is Robin Thicke's first time doing so.
His album "Blurred Lines" is set to be released on July 30th.
Representatives for Madonna, Jay Z, Justin Timberlake and several other stars have strongly denied reports suggesting the musicians were joining Stevie Wonder in his boycott of the state of Florida following the George Zimmerman verdict.
According to a list that surfaced on music blog American Urban Radio Networks, the 63-year-old singer enlisted several star performers, including Kanye West and the Rolling Stones, to join him in his refusal to play in Florida until the state rectifies its Stand Your Ground Law.
The report, which was picked up by MSN, the Huffington Post and the Wrap, claimed Rod Stewart, Usher and Rihanna were also boycotting the state.
“I don’t know where this list came from,” one rep said.
Wonder made headlines last week when he announced at his concert in Quebec City, “I decided today that until the Stand Your Ground law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again.”
“As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world,” he added.
Zimmerman’s acquittal last week in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin sparked outrage across the country, and Wonder was one of the few entertainers to take a stand.
The American Urban Radio Networks site, which cited individuals close to Wonder’s camp in its story, could not be reached for comment.