Right off the bat, I just want to give my apologies for the lack of content on The West Review over the last week- I’ve been on holiday and short of taking out a loan to cover mobile-data usage abroad, I’ve had no-to-extremely-limited access to anything going on outside of Magaluf. While I was away it seemed like the music industry has decided to explode with exciting news as soon as I leave the country, I’ll go over all the goings-on that have occurred within the last week or two.
Drake announced his fourth studio album.
After the success of Nothing Was The Same, Drake announced the follow-up to his 2013 project, entitled Views From The 6. Although Drizzy hasn’t actually hit the studio to begin crafting the album, it’s good to see his mind is already set on releasing some new music, still no word on a release date either, but stay tuned for more info.
Nas released a music video to Illmatic’s Represent.
Having recently released the 20th anniversary edition of the immortal Illmatic, it seemed somewhat fitting to also release a music video to Represent, despite being twenty years since its original release. It’s a cracker too.
Beyonce is already owning the VMAs with eight nominations.
Mrs Carter received the most nominations at this year’s MTV VMAs with eight including ‘Best Female’, ‘Best Collaboration’ and ‘Best Video’. Usual suspects were also on the register including Eminem, Pharrell, Kanye West, Lorde, Katy Perry and Iggy Azalea.
Jay Electronica called out a number of big names on Twitter.
The elusive Jay Electronica often takes to Twitter to air his thoughts, and this time it’s aimed at the music industry as a whole, while a number of today’s household names were ‘blessed’ with shout-outs from the Roc Nation artist. As well as the tweets below, Wale, Drake, Kendrick Lamar and 50 Cent among others, all received pictures of what-looks-like fans appreciating Electronica.
Word on an Adele album was revealed then revoked.
A tweet was posted saying ‘#adele confirms 2015 Tour After The Release Of Her New Album ’25’!’ on July 15th. On the 16th, the chairman of XL Records- Martin Mills, said that there was ‘no truth’ to the tweet.
Kanye West revealed as Made In America headliner.
The bi-date-festival which takes place in both Los Angeles and Philadelphia already possesses the likes of Imagine Dragons, Kendrick Lamar, Afrojack, John Mayer, Pharrell and Kings of Leon, but now the festival helmed by JAY Z, has added a further big-name to the bill- Kanye West.
Drake and Chris Brown hit the studio together.
Yes really. Once sworn Rihanna-crossed enemies, the pair seemed to have made amends, so much so that they were photographed in the studio together looking deep in the art of collaboration, no words on an actual release yet, but stay tuned to hear more on the matter.
Pharrell Williams set to curate the NBA 2K15 Soundtrack.
With no intention of slowing down after his astronomical success as-of-late, Pharrell was named as the man behind the soundtrack to the forthcoming NBA 2K15 game. With video games’ soundtracks often becoming as important as the game itself, it’d be interesting to see how Pharrell approaches a task previously covered by JAY Z and Lebron James.
Eminem broke records and also unveiled Dr Dre at Wembley Stadium.
As well as being the first rapper to ever perform at Wembley Stadium in England, and following typically energetic performances from Danny Brown and Odd Future, Eminem saw it fitting to brought out none-other than Dr Dre. Having already trawled through numerous hits, the duo performed a number of Dre’s jams including Forgot About Dre and Still D.R.E.
As well as this, we were blessed with new music from Dizzee Rascal, PARTYNEXTDOOR, La Roux, Vic Mensa and Cam’Ron.