Kanye, Lana Del Bae and UMG Chairman Lucian Grainge cover Billboard’s annual Power 100 issue. Grainge holds down the #1 spot on the list, which also includes Jimmy Iovine, Birdman, Guy Oseary and Scooter Braun. Check out the full list here.
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Chance, Donnie Trumpet and The Social Experiment cover the new issue of FADER. Read the cover story here.
Incidentally, GQ also released a photo spread and article profiling Chance earlier today, which revealed that his LP will feature appearances from J. Cole, Franks Ocean and the elusive André 3000.
After announcing the title of his new album, Dark Sky Paradise, via social media over the weekend, Sean is revealed as the other cover star of the February/March issue of Complex. Read Damien Scott’s cover story in full here.
Take a tour of Detroit with Sean in Complex’s latest episode of The Neighborhood
Life comes at you fast. Jennifer Lopez is 45 b. To put her uncannily long and illustrious career in perspective, consider that when she made her pop culture debut as a Fly Girl on In Living Color 23 years ago, there was a little 1-year old baby named Amethyst down in Australia that she would one day slather in baby oil and grind upon like a horny prom date. That shit is deep. In any event, Jennifer’s nearly half-century year old form graces the cover of the new February/March issue of Complex. Hit the jump for a couple more shots of Jenny at her LA mansion and read the cover story by Gabe Alvarez here.
If you were baffled by the Dale Earnhardt Jr. shoutout at the end of J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive LP, don’t worry about a thing, ESPN: The Magazine is on the case. As it turns out, the NASCAR star is a big fan of Jermaine’s. Who knew right?
It all started when I missed the deadline for the physical CD album credits, so I decided to put them on a song and basically shout out everybody who had something to do with the album. I’d been working on the album for a year, and I was in such an ecstatic mood — I felt like I won. So while I’m shouting out everybody, I was like, “I may as well pretend a shoutout, somebody I have no idea who they are, just as a joke.”
There was an interview Dale Jr. did that asked him what he plays before races, and he said “J. Cole ‘Power Trip,’” which freaked me out! What is Dale Earnhardt Jr. doing playing my shit? How did he even find out about it? You don’t think somebody on that level would ever hear your stuff. From there, I never forgot. I was always like, “Yo, I ride with Dale Earnhardt Jr.” So when I was picking a name, I chose his. And it worked out crazy. Everywhere I go now — the airport, the store — people say, “Yo, Cole, I love that album, bro, it’s a classic!” And Dale Earnhardt Jr., it’s the first thing they bring up! It’s already a thing in hip-hop, already an inside joke that’s going to live forever.
Continue below for some footage of Cole and Dale shooting the cover, and click through to ESPN to read their joint Q&A in its entirety.
Pharrell will grace the cover of GQ‘s February 2015 issue.
The cover itself is yet to surface (UPDATED: cover added above), but the magazine has made the profile by Devin Friedman avaialble for your perusal. Friedman spent 13 hours with P in LA, shadowing him as he travelled from a charity event at Uniqlo, to the NBC studios to record an episode of The Voice, to a pre-taping of his New Year’s Eve performance with Gwen Stefani and finally to the recording studio. Along the way, he consults with his music manager (presumably) via a phone call that will probably impact the career trajectories of at least two superstars and completes a beat for Big Sean (which he describes as “ghost-of-Shaka-Zulu hard”), all in the company of his gaggle of female assistants.
Read the full story here and hit the jump for a video of P ruminating on the impact of “Happy”.
Kendrick graces the cover of this week’s issue of Billboard. You can head over to their site to read the cover story, in which K.Dot speaks on police brutality, the end of the world and really pressing issues like Iggy Azaela. He reveals that he is almost done with the new album, for which he says he has a title which he’s not ready to share with the world yet. Interestingly enough, he also says that the untitled track he performed on The Colbert Report might not even show up on the project.
Hit the jump for a video clip of Kendrick speaking on Taylor Swift.
XXL has made K.Dot’s self-written cover story for their last issue available for your perusal. In the essay, the always thoughtful Kendrick ruminates on fans who have said his music helped them get through suicidal episodes, embracing the position of being a role-model and leader, remaining grounded, his transition from rapper to songwriter, the Grammys snub and much more.
Here are the opening paragraphs:
A lot of times in interviews, people ask me things like, “How does it feel now? What have you bought your mom and your pops and family?” Nobody ever really asks about what it’s like trying to adapt to fame and money and how much of a depression it can make for you. How much of a depression it could put you in knowing that so many kids hang on to your words. I can’t make a song like “i” without being in that dark place. “i” comes from going overseas, going to New York, being in L.A. and hearing kids saying, “Kendrick, I was gonna kill myself last week. Section.80, good kid, m.A.A.d city saved my life.” Or “I was gonna kill myself tonight until I came to your show.”
I believe that they are telling the truth. At first I wasn’t so sure, maybe it was just they were excited to meet me. But then they showed me their wrists and had all these different scars from when they tried to take their lives but failed. Or I look into their eyes and their pupils are dilated and they on all these types of meds and drugs, it’s a whole different story to me. That’s when I learned that while I’m making music for myself, drawing from my own experiences and conflictions and battles within myself, this teenager listens to every word I say. And that’s spooky.
Read the full story here.
Photo by Tom Medvedich