Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s Concert Tickets for Life Contest Asks You to Try Going Vegan

Tonight, Beyoncé and JAY-Z announced the Greenprint Project, a new contest that allows fans a chance to win a lifetime of Bey and Jay concert tickets if they commit to a vegan diet plan. Find Beyoncé’s Instagram post detailing the sweepstakes below. Though Bey and Jay recently advocated for veganism in the introduction to Marco Borges’ new cookbook The Greenprint: Plant-Based Diet, Best Body, Better World, the contest welcomes all fans willing to implement at least a partially vegan meal plan into their daily life. For instance, contestants may practice “meatless Mondays” or promise to eat “two plant-based meals a day” to qualify for the competition. Beyoncé and JAY-Z released their joint album Everything Is Love last year. Read Pitchfork’s Festival Report “Why Beyoncé’s Coachella Performance Was One for the Ages.” Loading Loading Pitchfork RSS Feed

Artists Reflect on 25 Years of Green Day’s Dookie

This week marks the 25th anniversary of Dookie, the record from East Bay punk trio Green Day that brought punk back into the mainstream, inspired a decade of mall-punk imitators, and gave zealous teens everywhere one more chance to debate the meaning of the word “sellout.” To mark the occasion, we’ve asked a few of our favorite older and new artists from across the last quarter-century to reflect on Green Day’s major-label breakthrough and to help us find a little new perspective on a record that, whether we realize it or not, many of us still know by heart. As it turns out, it was anything but pulling teeth to get them to come clean… __________________________________________________________ First Impressions of Green Day and Dookie Green Day at 924 Gilman by Murray Bowles Jon Ginoli (Pansy Division): I first encountered Green Day when their first album came out, because I was a sales rep for Rough Trade Distribution. I was in their San Francisco office, and we distributed a lot of smaller labels, and people were asking for two records: Green Day and Operation Ivy. They seemed to have gotten to be popular sellers without any kind of advertising or promotions. For […]

Get to know Bruce, the producer making techno with hints of hardcore

Larry McCarthy was in his final year at university when he came to a realisation: if he wanted to pursue music and release on the labels he dreamed about, he needed to start making “bangers”. Hessle Audio was one outlet he’d set his sights on, and now the 26-year-old is stepping out as the first non-founding member to release an LP on the revered imprint. “It’s a dream come true,” he says. His entry-point into dance music came via attending underage dubstep nights headlined by Caspa and Rusko in big London clubs like Matter. He admits to being a “little bit bitter” about missing out on the height of “proper dubstep”, but this sense of loss inspired him to forge his own path through music without relying on the reference points of the FWD>> generation. “I like to think that means I’ve been able to make a singular sound,” he says. University was key. Studying creative music technology at Bath Spa (Addison Groove, Vessel and Asusu are among its alumni) taught him production skills, while moving to Bristol after graduating and soaking up the city’s rich dub and bass scenes also led him to realise the importance of UK hardcore […]

R Kelly being investigated by FBI: Report

R. Kelly R Kelly’s legal woes have reportedly reached a federal level. In response to the rampant allegations of the singer’s sexual misconduct, a state police investigation has been launched in Georgia, and another could soon follow in Illinois. Now, TMZ is reporting that the FBI is also looking into Kelly — specifically as to whether he transported a minor across state lines for the purpose of sex. Azriel Clary, one of Kelly’s alleged victims featured in the Lifetime series Surviving R Kelly, was reportedly flown from Palm Springs to Phoenix to Orlando in May 2015. At the time, she was only 17 years old. Clary’s family says the flights were arranged by Kelly’s personal assistant. The family has not heard from Clary since 2016 and believe she may be Kelly’s “sex slave.” If the allegations are true, Kelly would be in violation of the Mann Act — the federal law that makes it illegal to transport a minor across state lines for purposes of sex, debauchery or prostitution. Punishment for such a crime is up to 10 years in a federal prison. R. Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, denied to TMZ that Kelly violated the law and said he was unaware of any investigation. […]

All hail the return of the internet music forum

In the years before Twitter trolls and Instagram influencers, internet music forums were a hotbed of hot takes, heated discussions and the discovery of new artists. As punters riled up producers, and users tussled over tracks, voicing opinions on everything from production techniques, forthcoming releases and genre pioneers – infamous threads (Ben UFO vs Zomby, anyone?) showcased the rising viral power in electronic music debates. Discussing his experiences on OG forums like DNBA and Dogs On Acid, d’n’b producer LSB explains: “It was a way of discovering new artists, but I met lots of real cool people through them – some I’m still good friends with today.” This URL to IRL connection extended to forums for clubbers, too. The infamous Gurn.net, aimed at the harder, trancier end of dance music and, admittedly, often as brutally savage to newbies as the beats it celebrated, breathed its last before the end of the ’aughts, but at a time when Sundissential and Godskitchen ruled the UK, it was a vital tool for bringing together aspiring ’Crasher kids with like-minded ravers from all over the UK. The Slam forum was the digital epicentre of Scottish techno culture, with Optimo’s a haven for the more […]

Kanye Sues EMI, Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam, More: Report

Kanye West has filed a pair of lawsuits today (January 25) according to reports by The Hollywood Reporter and the Blast. One suit is against music publisher EMI, which has administered the rights to West’s songs since 2003. The second lawsuit was filed against JAY-Z’s Roc-A-Fella Records, Def Jam Recordings, UMG Recordings, and Bravado International Group. According to “heavily redacted” court documents obtained by THR and the Blast, West filed both suits over “the parties’ rights and obligations to one another under the Recording Agreement and Extensions.” The Blast claims that the “nature of the dispute” in the Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam/UMG/Bravado suit has been completely blacked out, and the amount West is seeking in damages is not visible. According to the Blast, a portion of that lawsuit refers to West’s production and writing credits on JAY-Z’s 2001 LP The Blueprint, stating that West helped “revitalize JAY-Z’s career.” In the suit filed against EMI, THR reports that that West is seeking declaratory relief and a transfer of property. West reportedly alleges unjust enrichment on EMI’s part. Pitchfork RSS Feed

HBO announces Asian horror anthology series Folklore

HBO is capitalizing on the latest horror wave by bringing one of its spooky foreign series to the States. Starting next month, the network will begin airing Folklore, their six-part hour-long anthology series that aired back in October via HBO Asia. Set across multiple Asian countries, including Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, each of the six episodes is based on the country’s respective superstitions and myths and uses its local language. The six directors helming the episodes include Indonesia’s Joko Anwar, Japan’s Takumi Saitoh, Korea’s Lee Sang-Woo, Malaysia’s Ho Yuhang, Singapore’s Eric Khoo, and Thailand’s Pen-Ek Ratanaruang. Watch a trailer for the series below and catch its premiere on Friday, February 1st. [embedded content] Consequence of Sound RSS Feed

Pusha T brought the “rap album of the year” to London

Pusha T played the London leg of his ‘Daytona’ world tour at the Kentish Town Forum on Wednesday, thrilling a sold out crowd with a set marked by cuts from his self-described (and widely agreed upon) “rap album of the year”. Kojey Radical opened up and worked hard to warm up the venue with a dynamic performance that featured his Mahalia collaboration ‘Water’. There was a noticeable explosion in energy when the main act took the stage. Kicking off with ‘Daytona’ opener ‘If You Know You Know’, King Push was in flawless form, asserting his status as one of the best straight-up rappers in the world. Backed only by a modest light show, he owned the stage, traversing it with confident swagger and delivering his impeccable flow. Alongside the ‘Daytona’ material, a medley of his Kanye West collaborations sparked a full crowd sing-a-long on ‘Runaway’, the bassweight of ‘Numbers On The Board’ shook the foundations of The Forum, and the day ones were paid tribute to (“I don’t do fans, I do family”) alongside a performance of ‘Grindin’’, the debut Clipse single. Throughout the performance he declared ‘Daytona’ as “the rap album of the year” while merch sold inside the […]

The Simpsons may be more valuable to Disney off the air

The Simpsons is currently amidst its 30th season. By its end, Matt Groening’s long-running series will have 663 original episodes to its name, which is not just an impressive feat, but a lucrative one. That’s good. The problem is that those dollar signs will soon be reflecting in the eyes of Disney, who will eventually acquire America’s animated family. That’s bad. Well, at least for those who love the new episodes. Here’s why: According to Variety, The Simpsons has been a loss for the Fox Broadcasting Company (FBC), and that loss has only increased over the years, but the network has always recouped the costs through licensing deals and merchandising opportunities. One example is its landmark 2013 deal with FXX, which was valued at roughly $750 million and expires in 2023. That all changes, however, with the impending Disney takeover, which will alter how those licensing deals are orchestrated. What’s more, FBC and 20th Century Fox will no longer share a balance sheet, which means the cost per episode will go solely to FBC. In other words, FBC will be footing the bill for new episodes with no guarantee on recouping those expenses. (Read: The Simpsons’ Top 30 Episodes) To make matters more […]

Erykah Badu Offers “Prayer” for R. Kelly During Chicago Show

Erykah Badu took a moment during her concert last night at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago to say she’s “puttin’ up a prayer right now” for R. Kelly, TMZ points out. “I hope he sees the light of day if he’s done all those things that we’ve seen on TV and heard those ladies talk about,” she said in the below video. “I hope he sees the light of day and comes forward.” She received a mixed reaction from the audience; both cheers and boos can be heard from the crowd. “But y’all say ‘fuck it!’ See, that’s not love. That’s not unconditional. But what if one of the people that was assaulted by R. Kelly grows up to be an offender, we gonna crucify them? I mean how do we do this? Just something to think about.” “They ’bout to R. Kelly me to death on the internet, I’m like god damn,” she said. She then called for “peace” and “healing for those who were hurt, because everybody involved has been hurt and victimized in some kind of way.” Pitchfork has reached out to Badu’s representatives for comment. At the 2015 Soul Train Awards, Badu introduced Kelly and said […]