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Jay Z's 'Run This Town' Sampling Lawsuit Dismissed

December 10, 2014

The copyright lawsuit that alleged Jay Z's "Run This Town" sampled Eddie Bo's "Hook & Sling Part 1" without permission has been dismissed. The lawsuit, brought forth by  TufAmerica, boiled down to how a sampled "Oh!" was utilized in...

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Bruce Springsteen Fills Bono's Shoes in Times Square

December 1, 2014

For the thousands of people crammed into the center of Times Square on a rainy Monday evening, it must have seemed like a surreal dream inspired by a night gorging on junk food, Born to Run and The Joshua Tree. U2's the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry...

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U2's New Singers: Bruce Springsteen, Chris Martin

December 1, 2014

All four members of U2 were originally scheduled to perform at the World AIDS Day (RED) performance Monday night in Times Square. But with lead singer Bono still recovering from serious injuries suffered from a bike accident last month, the...

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Hear the Entire 'Beyonce' Platinum Edition

November 24, 2014

Beyoncé is streaming the "Platinum Edition" of her self-titled 2013 LP via Spotify. The album features two new tracks, "7/11" and "Ring Off," along with all-star remixes featuring Kanye West, Pharrell, Nicki Minaj and Mr. Vegas. The physical release,...

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Hear Pusha T's Trippy, Kanye West-Produced New Track

November 19, 2014

Kanye West adds a druggy, psychedelic haze to Pusha T's recently released track "Lunch Money." The track finds the Clipse MC firing off at the government ("America is still abusing us / And 9/11 is the Ku-Klux") and taking direct aim at his...

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Kanye West Reworks Lorde on the Sparse, Clanging 'Flicker'

November 11, 2014

Kanye West has flipped Lorde's pulsating, popping "Yellow Flicker Beat" into the lurching but no less massive "Flicker," which will appear alongside the original on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 soundtrack. West's new version of...

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Kanye West, Miguel Set for 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack

October 21, 2014

The track list for the Lorde-curated The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1 soundtrack was revealed Tuesday, and the young "Royals" singer has done an impressive job of mixing established artists, up-and-coming acts and special guest features. Related:...

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Lorde Covers Kanye West, Bon Iver Onstage

September 15, 2014

Lorde is paying tribute to her eclectic musical roots on her ongoing fall tour, performing live covers of Kanye West's Graduation barnburner "Flashing Lights" and Bon Iver's soulful Wish I Was Here track "Heavenly Father." As...

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The Everything Index: Nude Celebs and Russian Sex Geckos

September 2, 2014

Welcome back to Rolling Stone's Everything Index, where we rank the week's pop-culture power players, some of whom you haven't seen naked. Yes, it's been a rough couple of days for something like 80 percent of the world's female celebrities –...

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Watch Kanye West's Made in America Performance

August 31, 2014

Kanye West is accomplishing an impressive feat this Labor Day weekend, headlining two Made in America festivals on different coasts. On August 30, he performed at the Philadelphia fest before heading to Los Angeles for the August 31 event. The Made...

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Kanye West's Yeezus Tour Reconstructed With Fan-Made Video

December 1, 2014

Kanye West's Yeezus tour was one of the most polarizing concert experiences in recent memory. On one hand, the "creative concept" of the Yeezus album was frustrating given the rapper's affinity for wearing masks and the stage's monolithic, view-obscuring...

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James Blake Plots Kanye West Collabo for New Album

November 23, 2014

When Rolling Stone spoke to Kanye West and James Blake in February about their mutual admiration for one another, it seemed like the rapper was pursuing the singer to appear on the follow-up to Yeezus, since he considered Blake to be his "favorite...

Song Review

"Flicker (Kanye West Rework)"

November 18, 2014

The newest Hunger Games soundtrack may be the Lorde Show, but Kanye's take on her single proves there's always room for Yeezus. The fired-up original "Yellow Flicker Beat" had an electronic build that crashed into...

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Hear Kanye West's Instrumental Demo for 'New Slaves'

October 27, 2014

Two years ago, in the fall of 2012, Benjamin Bronfman heard that his friend Kanye West was looking for beats for his next album. "He called me, like, 'Yo, what do you got?'" recalls the producer. Bronfman, who makes music as part of the collective...

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New Kanye West Album Is 'Like a Pair of Timberlands'

October 6, 2014

When Chicago songwriter-rapper-poet Malik Yusef released his 2003 debut album The Great Chicago Fire - A Cold Day in Hell, he paired his friend Common with then-fledgling rapper/producer Kanye West on the track "Wouldn't You Like to Ride." Since...

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The Everything Index: The Rihanna Navy Attacks!

September 16, 2014

Welcome back to the Rolling Stone "Everything Index," where we rank the week's pop-culture power players, based solely on their proximity to unlimited breadsticks. Yes, there's plenty happening in the pop-o-sphere this week – the NFL is falling...

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Jay Z, Kanye West Attached to New Chris Rock Film

September 11, 2014

Top Five, a new movie that Chris Rock wrote, directed and starred in, picked up a major distribution deal with Paramount at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. Kanye West and Jay Z both received co-producer on the project, while Roots and...

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20 Best Things We Saw at Made in America

September 1, 2014

After two years in Philadelphia, the Made in America fest crossed the country, with two days remaining in the City of Brotherly Love and two days taking root in L.A.'s Grand Park. United by a giant video obelisk and twin Kanye West performances,...

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David Lynch Opted Out of Kanye West's 'Blood' Video

August 29, 2014

David Lynch and Kanye West share an affinity for the surreal and shocking – and the two nearly combined their talents on a music video for "Blood on the Leaves," the eerie epic from West's latest LP, Yeezus. "We almost worked...

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