For this project, music icons and pop culture visionaries JAY-Z and Kanye West have joined their extraordinary talents to form the group ‘THE THRONE’ and confirm the most anticipated album and touring event of the year, WATCH THE THRONE. On Monday, August 8th ‘THE THRONE’S’ extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime Roc-A-Fella / Def Jam Recordings / Roc Nation album collaboration, WATCH THE THRONE, will be available worldwide exclusively on iTunes. On the same day, tickets will be made available to the public for the once-in-a-lifetime pairing of two of music’s greatest performers on one stage, with the WATCH THE THRONE TOUR (powered by VoyR) at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com. All fans who purchase their tickets online will receive a digital copy of the album. The Live Nation produced tour will begin on September 22nd in Detroit with 24 dates confirmed thus far.
On Monday, July 25th, everyone can get the lead track, “Otis” instantly when they pre-order the DELUXE album exclusively at iTunes at http://idj.to/watchthethronedlxit. The album will be available at additional physical and digital retailers on August 12th.
Beginning Thursday, July 28th, fans that visit www.LiveNation.com/WatchTheThrone, will have access to presale tickets, which includes a digital copy of the album. Citi® card members will have access to presale tickets beginning Friday, July 29th at 10AM local time through Citi’s Private Pass® Program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com. Citi® is the official credit card of the WATCH THE THRONE TOUR.
The longtime friends and music innovators inspired each other to new heights with their collaboration on WATCH THE THRONE recorded in person at various locations around the world. Over a year in the making and a truly global affair, the duo recorded in London and Bath in the UK, Abu Dhabi, Sydney, Paris, and New York City. Though shrouded in secrecy, the album has already been heralded a ‘masterpiece’ by those who have heard it, and features production from The RZA, The Neptunes and Kanye’s longtime collaborator Mike Dean. The short list of featured vocals includes Frank Ocean, Beyoncé, Curtis Mayfield and Mr. Hudson. The lead track, “OTIS,” which premiered over New York radio waves on Wednesday, July 20th night during HOT 97’s FunkMaster Flex show, brilliantly weaves Otis Redding’s “Try A Little Tenderness.”
The production is classic Kanye West soul, with the two MCs trading couplets over a sample manipulated the way only West can. ‘Sounds so soulful, don’t you agree?” intones JAY-Z, and the two launch into a treatise on swagger, claiming their rightful place at the top. Since the track’s release, the flood of praise for the track has been nothing short of deafening. Entertainment Weekly declares the track “the most well-executed rap song of the year.” “Otis” can be streamed at watchthethrone.com/otis.
Both JAY-Z and Kanye West have each appeared as guests on the other’s stage, and now they come together for never-before-seen performances not only from their collaboration, WATCH THE THRONE but also songs from their classic catalogue. Fans should stay tuned: several key dates will offer unique opportunities to become a part of the WATCH THE THRONE movement.
WATCH THE THRONE TOUR (Powered By VoyR)
9/22/11 Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills
9/24/11 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
9/25/11 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
9/27/11 East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center
9/28/11 East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center
9/29/11 Washington DC Verizon Center
10/4/11 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
10/6/11 Chicago, IL United Center
10/7/11 Chicago, IL United Center
10/8/11 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
10/10/11 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
10/13/11 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
10/14/11 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
10/16/11 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion
10/17/11 Sacramento, CA Power Balance Pavilion
10/19/11 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
10/20/11 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
10/21/11 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
10/25/11 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
10/26/11 Houston, TX Toyota Center
10/29/11 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
10/30/11 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
11/1/11 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena
11/3/11 Boston, MA TD Garden
1. No Church In the Wild (feat. Frank Ocean)
2. Lift Off (feat. Beyoncé)
3. N—as In Paris
4. Otis (feat. Otis Redding)
5. Gotta Have it
6. New Day
7. That’s My Bitch
8. Welcome to the Jungle
9. Who’s Gon Stop Me
10. Murder to Excellence
11. Made In America (feat. Frank Ocean)
12. Why I Love You (feat. Mr. Hudson)
**** AVAILABLE ON THE DELUXE VERSION
13. Illest M———-r Alive ****
14. H.A.M ****
15. Primetime ****
16. The Joy (feat. Curtis Mayfield) ****
As a thank you to his fans for the ongoing support, Pretty Lights is releasing a free MP3 remix of Kanye West’s new track, “All Of The Lights,” which he debuted on New Year’s Eve at the Congress Theatre in West’s hometown of Chicago. The remix is featured in a New Year’s Eve video on Pretty Lights’ new YouTube Channel. Also found on the new YouTube channel are Pretty Lights remixes of Pink Floyd’s classic “Time,” Jay Z’s “Empire State of Mind,” Steve Miller Band’s “Fly Like An Eagle” and several more.
If you missed the news last week, Pretty Lights Music, Derek Vincent Smiths’ new digital record label, released two new EP’s for free downloads; Break Science’s Further Than Our Eyes Can See, and Paper Diamond’s debut EP, Levitate. The purpose of the label and its innovative model is to supply his fans, and fans of electronic music at large, with the freshest music from the hottest new underground artists.
For more info on Pretty Lights Music, visit the official site
La Roux’s “In For The Kill (Feat. Kanye West)” is available now on iTunes. Also, La Roux just kicked off their US tour with Far East Movement & Francis and the Lights and they started updating their photo blog with exclusive pics from the tour which you can check out here.
*These dates feature Francis and the Lights as support
** These dates feature both Francis and the Lights and Far East Movement
11/4 Tampa, FL – Ritz*
11/5 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle*
11/7 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live **
11/9 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero **
11/10 Washington, DC 0 9:30 Club **
11/12 Providence, RI – Lupos*
11/13 Hartford, Conn – Webster Hall*
11/15 Boston, MA – House Of Blues **
11/17 New York, NY – Terminal 5 **
Check out a brand new version of La Roux’s “In For The Kill” featuring Kanye West. Kanye teamed up with the synth-pop sensation in New York City last month to put his own spin on the track with an original verse.
Catch La Roux on a headlining US tour kicking off on November 1st.
Las Vegas rockers TAKING DAWN have just released a hot new video for the song “Time To Burn”, the first single off of their debut album, Time To Burn, in-stores on January 26th via Roadrunner Records. The clip includes everything from hot chicks to break dancers and even a hilarious spoof on the infamous Kanye West VMA incident.
The members of Taking Dawn grew up surrounded by the glitz and glam, the bright lights and big city of constant vice. This Las Vegas upbringing helped shaped the band into what it is today: a rock ‘n roll time bomb just waiting to explode on an unsuspecting public with its Roadrunner debut, Time to Burn.
As the band prepares to release their debut offering, they are hitting the road with labelmates Theory of a Deadman and guests Halestorm, and Adelitas Way.
Tour dates are as follows:
Mon/Jan-18 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue*
Tue/Jan-19 Chicago, IL House of Blues
Thu/Jan-21 Big Rapids, MI Ferris State University
Fri/Jan-22 Toledo, OH Headliners*
Sun/Jan-24 Milwaukee, WI Rave*
Mon/Jan-25 Youngstown, OH Wedgewood
Wed/Jan-27 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock *
Fri/Jan-29 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
Sat/Jan-30 Baltimore, MD Bourbon Street Ballroom
Sun/Jan-31 Boston, MA House of Blues*
Mon/Feb-01 Norfolk, VA Norva
Wed/Feb-03 Huntsville, AL Sammy T’s
Fri/Feb-05 San Antonio, TX Scoutbar
Sat/Feb-06 Houston, TX House of Blues
Mon/Feb-08 Dallas, TX House of Blues
Tue/Feb-09 Wichita, KS The Cotillion
Wed/Feb-10 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
You can pre-order the debut album, Time To Burn, here.