Red Bull Music Academy ‘For the Record’ Coffee Table Book

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To celebrate their 15th anniversary, the Red Bull Music Academy has released For The Record, a new coffee table book that features a collection of conversations between 36 of music’s biggest contributors. The list of artists spreads across various genres and generations and ranges from Erykah Badu and Nile Rodgers to Sly & Robbie and Jamaican visionary Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. The book delves into some of the most relevant topics in music today, each one visually interpreted with stunning original designs by Chris Rehberger’s Double Standards agency.

For The Record is available now in specialty bookstores and music shops nationwide as well the Gestalten online shop.

Monocle x Jawbone Big Jambox

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Over the years, Monocle has been able to forge some pretty impactful relationships through several collaborations and they’re not showing any signs of letting up. Jawbone’s their latest partner in making something beautiful as they’ve released a limited edition version of their popular Big Jambox Bluetooth speaker. Normally available in a range of colors, it now gets the Monocle treatment with an all-black finish that features bespoke sleeving and other minimalistic details. The Monocle x Jawbone Big Jambox can be purchased for about $414 USD, though it’s limited to just 170 units.

Kanye West Announces ‘Yeezus’ Tour with Kendrick Lamar

Kanye West Announces 'Yeezus' Tour with Kendrick Lamar

This winter will be nothing short of epic for the music world as JAY Z just announced his North American tour dates and Kanye’s confirmed that he’ll be touring alongside Kendrick Lamar. The “Yeezus” Tour kicks off on October 19th and will run through early December. This is Kanye’s first solo tour in five years. Kendrick will be at the majority of the shows though looks like he’ll be MIA for a few including the Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center shows. No worries though as special guests will be announced.

Flick through the gallery above for a full breakout of dates. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 13th.

JAY Z Announces North American Dates For “Magna Carter” World Tour

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JAY Z has confirmed the North American dates of his “Magna Carter World Tour.” The new dates, which follow the tour’s international run, will begin on Saturday, November 30th. Produced by Live Nation, the 34-date tour will go on sale Thursday, September 12th starting at 10:00am (EST) thru LiveNation.com and Ticketmaster.com. Beginning today, Friday, September 6, 2013, fans can click here to RSVP for early access to presale tickets available on Wednesday, September 11th. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Monday, September 9th at 10am local time through Citi’s Private Pass Program. Live Nation mobile app users will have access to presale tickets beginning Wednesday, September 11th. Full list of shows can be found below. It’s only fitting that Barclays Center in Brooklyn is the only venue / city getting two days in this tour.

Jay Z’s ‘Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film’

Jay Z's 'Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film'

Jay Z has released “Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film.” Directed by Mark Romanek, the video is a new spin on the music video and brought the performance of “Picasso Baby” from Jay’s Magna Carta Holy Grail into a more intimate setting: an art gallery. The result is beyond anything we’ve seen in the industry, even from Jay Z himself.

The video was shot at New York City’s Pace Gallery last month, as Jay Z invited spectators and viewers in for a unique experience as he interacted with fans, other artists, and art enthusiasts while the Timbaland-produced instrumental played in the background. The list of cameos is long with Marina Abramovic, Wale, Judd Apatow, George Condo, Rosie Perez, Taraji P. Henson, and others leading the charge.

Magna Carta Holy Grail | Jay-Z Talks ‘Heaven’, ‘Holy Grail’ and ‘Oceans’

Magna Carta Holy Grail | Jay-Z Talks 'Heaven', 'Holy Grail' and 'Oceans'

The promo campaign for Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail continues as he’s dropped three short clips that give some knowledge on the inspiration behind a few of the tracks on this his twelfth solo album. Rick Rubin, Pharrell, Timbaland and Swizz Beatz look on as Jay talks “Heaven,” “Oceans” and “Holy Grail,” with topics ranging from heaven and hell to entrapments of fame and success.

Samsung owners can download the Jay-Z Magna Carta app now at play.google.com. As previously noted, 1 million Samsung users will get the album for free on the Samsung-only release date of July 4th, while the masses get access to the album on July 7th.

Inside Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail

Inside Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail

Earlier this week, Jay-Z announced the release of Magna Carta Holy Grail, his 12th solo album. He’s working with Samsung on the release and the tech giant’s already signed on to buy 1 million copies of the albums, with free copies going to users of the Galaxy SIII, S4, and Note II on July 4th, ahead of its official July 7th release date. Billboard’s confirmed these freebies won’t count towards Billboard’s Top 200 tallies. Nonetheless, the album’s expected to sell nearly half-a-million copies and Hov’s banking on it all. Check out this three-minute promo that previews the release a bit and showcases some of the heavy-hitting producers that Jay-Z has collaborated with on this album.

Kanye West Talks Career and Yeezus Album

Kanye West Talks Career and Yeezus Album

The New York Times has an in-depth interview with Kanye West ahead of the release of his sixth solo album, “Yeezus”. Ye covers off on a range of subjects spanning the length of his illustrious career, including his work on Jay-Z’s “The Blueprint” and the influence of “808s and Heartbreak” on the industry. When shifting to talking his latest project, the artist gets into how it’s more simple and minimalistic than his over-the-top and extremely complicated works of the past.

Read the full article on NYT. “Yeezus” is due out on Tuesday, June 18th.