Speaking at the adidas Global Brand conference in Germany, Kanye just announced that we can expect to see the new iteration of the Yeezy sneaker this June. Obviously he’s going to have to rework the silhouette to differentiate them from the wildy popular Nike models, anybody care to speculate on what they will look like?
UPDATED: So apparently the new sneaker will be called the YEEZi. Continue below for Ye’s full speech from the conference.
UPDATED: Highsnobiety spoke to an “internal source” at adidas who told them that the June date quoted by Ye is more of a deadline for him and his team to submit the collection to the company and suggests that we probably won’t see merchandise hitting retail until 2015. (via Miss Info)
According to a report by the The Sydney Morning Herald based on a statement issued to Live Nation Australia, Kanye is pushing a bunch of Australian tour dates back from May to September to instead work on a new album. It seems kind of odd that we’d get this news from a third party via a statement about a tour delay, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not true. Although, it also seems odd that Kanye would even give such a detailed reason for delaying tour dates when he could’ve just blamed it on his elaborate stage setup like he has in the past.
Again, that doesn’t mean it’s not true. We know Yeezus originally had 16 tracks, but Rick Rubin convinced him to chop it down to 10. There were some rumors of a possible sequel to the album, but I’ve never thought that was a play Kanye would make. Not that I don’t think he would release those songs, I just imagine that they would arrive as Good Friday type leaks rather than as an album. Back in November he said he hadn’t decided on a name for his next album yet, but he had some ideas. He told a crowd at Art Basel in December that his next project would be just 8 songs. And then this was supposed to happen. So really, who the hell knows. Kanye is gonna do what he’s gonna do and we’ll know what we’re supposed to know when he decides to tell us.
Noisey has a round-up of all of the hints.
Annie Leibovitz shoots the rockstar couple for the April cover of Vogue Magazine. I guess those
rumors of Ye spazzing on Anna Wintour months of media campaigning for this cover finally paid off!
In a statement Wintour made on the cover:
As for the cover, my opinion is that it is both charming and touching, and it was, I should add, entirely our idea to do it; you may have read that Kanye begged me to put his fiancée on Vogue’s cover. He did nothing of the sort. The gossip might make better reading, but the simple fact of the matter is that it isn’t true.
There’s barely a strand of the modern media that the Kardashian Wests haven’t been able to master, and for good reason: Kanye is an amazing performer and cultural provocateur, while Kim, through her strength of character, has created a place for herself in the glare of the world’s spotlight, and it takes real guts to do that.
Check out the candid behind the scenes video from some remote locations for the shoot after the jump.
Previously: Kanye Cuts Deal in Paparazzi Assault Case
Honestly though, this is how you know SXSW is over. And I’m not just saying that to sound prescient because I decided not to go this year. Miss Info ain’t lying. As far as corporate carpetbagging goes, it’s been pretty bad for a couple of years now, but looking at the size and scope of this show and the footage from the Kendrick & Q event, I think we’ve finally reached critical mass. It used to be that the really big artists would show up towards the end of the week to bat cleanup, but now it’s just an all out orgy of sponsored mini-festivals from jump. Does anybody even care about discovering new artists anymore? Or nah?
Kanye and Sean made a surprise appearance alongside Ross for a performance of “Sanctified” on Arsenio earlier.
UPDATED with a clip of Ross doing “Nobody” below.
Today, Kanye West’s creative agency DONDA announced a new partnership with Roc Nation that will see the Jay-Z founded company providing music management services for the DONDA camp.
According to the press release, the partnership will focus on Kanye’s recording brand and worldwide touring initiatives. Hit the jump for the press announcement.
Though it isn’t the greatest footage, Yeezy joined Drizzy on stage at O2 World in Berlin, Germany where he performed “Black Skinhead.”
Previously: Video: Drake Performs with Rihanna in Paris