Jay-Z has something for you Samsung Phone owners… A free album.
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You’ve been waiting a long fucking time. For what? For the new Jay-Z album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, that’s what.
Only ballers like Jay-Z announce their new albums in a 3 minute promo during game 5 of the NBA Finals. When does the album appear to be coming out?
July 4th, hustla.
Put those diamonds in the sky.
NBA FINALS. SUNDAY. 9:15PM EST.
Unfortunately, MTT will be missing Bonnaroo this year. The lineup looks pretty damn strong and there are a ton of artists that we’d like to get on the show. However, we just sent out Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival and Made In America Festival credential requests (local Philly events).
Made in America – Pearl Jam had reached out to us a while back about covering their anniversary festival, so we’re hoping that we still have an in there. Besides PJ, we’re shooting for some good names: Jay-Z, Skrillex, D’Angelo (throwback),Rick Ross, Wale, Meek Mill, Afrojack, Calvin Harris, Passion Pit, Miike Snow, Dirty Projectors, Janelle Monae…
Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – Mayhem Fest has always been one of the most fun festivals to cover since it is so far outside of the realm of what we usually cover. I’ve always been a big fan of metal. We have interview requests out to Lemmy from Motörhead, Kerry King (Slayer), Slipknot, and Scott Ian (Anthrax). Slipknot headlined a few years ago when we were there and it was a SPECTACLE. We got amazing pictures to prove it.
Excelsior hopes that you all have an amazing and SAFE Bonnaroo weekend. We know it’s one hell of a party weekend, but do your body and life a favor… Don’t be an idiot and end up in the hospital or worse. Drink a ton of water, and eat regularly. The forecast doesn’t look unbearably hot, so hopefully there won’t be as many problems as in the past.
Festival season is in full swing, and it’s our favorite time of the year!
- The Train
Domination returns to The Tracks.
Self proclaimed “bad girl” MIA just joined the Roc Nation family as a managed artist. The Tracks have always been a huge fan of MIA since we saw her back in 2005 at Lollapalooza (see pic). She’s brought her Sri Lankan fusion style to the scene for years, and the Roc Nation team seems a perfect fit to get MIA’s music to more people.
In 2000, the Sri Lankan born, London bred Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam was encouraged, by electro-clash icon Peaches, to make music on a Roland MC-505 Groovebox. Maya pulled lyrics from journals she had written during a 4 month trip to the Caribbean island of St Vincent. In 2005, she released Arular, selling 130,000 copies in the U.S. and reaching mainstream charts in Europe and the U.K. It was considered as much a political statement as a musical one.
In 2007, Kala was released. Once again, it received unanimous international critical praise. It topped multiple “Best of the Year” lists in publications around the world, which cite its deft mixture of politics, social consciousness, and inimitable genre-blending.
In 2008, the single “Paper Planes” brought Maya worldwide mainstream acclaim and was nominated for a Grammy for Record of the Year in 2009. The song was also featured in the film Slumdog Millionaire, in addition to M.I.A contributing vocals to the Oscar nominated track from the film, “O… Saya.”
2010 saw the release of, /\/\/\Y/\, which received early praise from the media with Rolling Stone commenting, “M.I.A’s latest is as challenging and awesomely out-there as the title of her album /\/\/\Y/\.” /\/\/\Y/\ went Top 10 on the Billboard 200 album chart and #1 on the Dance/Electronic chart. On Dec. 31, 2010, she put out the acclaimed mixtape VICKILEEKX.
Now, as M.I.A. readies her fourth studio album, her new track “Bad Girls” made its debut on Pitchfork.com January 30th and was released worldwide on January 31st. “Bad Girls” was produced by Danja (Timbaland, Diddy, Madonna, Nelly Furtado, Pink). The “Bad Girls” video was directed by Romain Gavras (M.I.A.‘s “Born Free” and JUSTICE’s “Stress”) and premiered on Noisey – VICE’s music channel on YouTube on February 3rd. Expect a full length release from M.I.A this fall!
Named one of the ten defining artists of the 2000’s decade by Rolling Stone and one of the world’s 100 most influential people by Time magazine, M.I.A. has been nominated for an Academy Award and two Grammys (“Paper Planes” and “Swagga Like Us”).
Shawn “JAY Z” Carter, Budweiser and United Way today announced “Budweiser Made in America,” an exciting, two-day music festival in Philadelphia this Labor Day weekend to benefit United Way and produced by Live Nation.
JAY Z will curate and headline the blockbuster roster of talent, which will include nearly 30 artists that embody the American spirit performing across three stages on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park on Saturday, Sept. 1, and Sunday, Sept. 2.
The eclectic roster of talent cultivated by JAY Z will be announced on May 21 and include acts ranging from rock, hip-hop, R&B, Latin and dance.
Tickets for “Budweiser Made in America” music festival go on sale Wednesday, May 23, through Ticketmaster.com and Livenation.com. A limited number of 2-day tickets will be available for $99 (plus service charges). Budweiser Facebook fans will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, May 22. To become a Budweiser Facebook fan, please visit www.facebook.com/Budweiser.
“This Labor Day, we will not only make history but we’re benefiting a great organization. ‘Budweiser Made in America’ will encompass every genre of music, creating and showcasing the only genre that matters, ‘great music.’ Budweiser and Live Nation are going to produce an amazing two days of performances, and it’s great to partner with United Way again to support all of the positive work they do in the community,” said Shawn “JAY Z” Carter.
The festival in Philadelphia will culminate following a summer of music parties in cities all across America, when Budweiser will invite its Facebook fans to experience talented local bands and artists. Budweiser, brewed across America, has a decades-long history of celebrating great American music.
“This festival will offer music fans from across the U.S. and beyond the biggest names in hip-hop, rock, dance and other popular genres this Labor Day,” said Rob McCarthy, vice president of Budweiser for Anheuser-Busch.
“Philadelphia is delighted to welcome visitors from around the country for a national music festival,” said Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “United Way has brought JAY Z and Budweiser together to host this national event in the birthplace of America. We are excited to invite the musicians, sponsors, guests and festivals goers for a memorable weekend.”
A primary goal of this music festival is to have a positive impact on the communities involved. This concert will benefit United Ways in Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, Lancaster County, PA and New York City, enabling them to invest more dollars into their regions, strengthening local communities and improving lives. As a result of this concert, the money invested into these communities will positively impact the education, income and health of the most vulnerable and most needy citizens in these regions.
Budweiser Made in America also will be available for consumers around the country to watch via live-streaming. Details will be announced at a later date.
Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter’s expanding his music mogul stature by joining forces with the great city of Philadelphia, and creating the first Budweiser “Made In America” music festival. In a press conference tomorrow on the “Rocky Steps” of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, it is expected that Jay-Z and Philadelphia’s Mayor Michael Nutter are going to reveal a two-day event held in Fairmount Park. Word is that the Live Nation produced “Made In America” festival will be on Labor Day Weekend (September 1-2) and will feature approximately 28 performers from “rock, hip-hop, R&B, Latin and dance” genres.
With such a heavy hitter as Jay-Z at the helm, one can expect that some big names will be brought out for the inaugural iteration of the festival. Will Beyonce make an appearance? Kanye? Philadelphia’s Meek Mill?
Philadelphia’s no stranger to big festivals, as Live 8′s 500,000+ attendees (including us) ascended upon Philadelphia in grand brotherly musical love fashion.
We’ll have our diamond’s in the air, that’s for sure… Look for MTT coverage on Labor Day weekend!
Jay-Z and Philadelphia’s Mayor Michael Nutter are holding a press conference at The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s “Rocky Steps” at 10:30 on Monday morning, according to a press release that we received.
What will they be announcing? Here are some thoughts:
He’s already got the Nets, so he’s not buying a Philly sports team.
Will he be performing on the Philly Parkway this summer with The Roots?
Does he plan on revealing his own festival?
How about “The Rockafella Diamond Club” in Center City? Could be a new major music venue.
Perhaps Mr. Carter is opening a restaurant in Rittenhouse Square… He is a worldly man after all.
Whatever he reveals, you know it’s going to be big.
“Jay-Z and Biggie Smalls… Shit ya drawls y’all.”
AMEX SYNC SHOW Presenting Jay-Z
Live-Streamed at www.YouTube.com/AmericanExpress,
TONIGHT at 7:00pm CT / 8:00pm ET from SXSW in Austin.
Check that shit out, yo!
Complete bunk. Having the nerve to say “It ain’t real music without guitar,” doggin’ Kanye and Lil’ Wayne, and taking shots at hip-hop; meanwhile the band sounds like fuckin’ Driveshaft! Please. Keep putting out this cheesy-ass Walmart-rock and see how many intelligent people hop on your bandwagon. You gotta have talent to say some shit like that.
~Insert joke about the album being a nightmare here. ~