Friday, January 1, 2021

Kendrick Lamar To Headline Summer 2021 Festival

There's been whispers of a new Kendrick Lamar album for a minute now, & his recent confirmation as the headlining act of a forthcoming festival has fans speculating it may finally be the time.

The 2021 Roskilde Festival in Denmark announced Wednesday (December 30) that K.Dot will headline their show that’s going down from June 26 to July 3. Other acts confirmed include Tyler, The Creator, Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion, Anderson .Paak and more. In a statement, the festival’s organizers seemed hopeful the event will go on in person as we turn a new corner with the introduction of multiple vaccines.

“We are on the threshold of a new year, and we think there is a need and reason to be hopeful,” Roskilde’s head of programming Anders Wahrén said. “That’s why we’re revealing another act for next year’s festival.”

As for Kendrick – a new album could realistically drop at any minute, as his longtime engineer MixedByAli revealed in a November interview that the TDE rapper is actually sitting on six albums worth of material.

“For Kendrick alone, let me say I think we could put together like six albums,” he said on Kevin Durant’s The ETCs podcast. “Everyone’s the same way. It’s all about just understanding that you could always do something better. It’s having that mindset to just strive for the best possible version of you.”

A month prior, TDE president Terrence “Punch” Henderson told a fan they can expect a new album “pretty soon … as in soon soon.” Whenever it arrives, the album will be Kendrick’s first since 2017’s DAMN.

Master P & Baron Davis in Talks to Buy Reebok From Adidas for $2.4 Billion

Adidas is reportedly seeking to unload Reebok for an asking price of $2.4 billion, and former NBA All-Star Baron Davis and Hip-Hop mogul Master P are looking to team up to purchase the famed sportswear brand.

Master P confirmed the news to ESPN reporter Eric Woodyard, saying in a statement: “These companies have been benefiting off us, this could be history for this company going Black-owned.”

Master P is the stage name of Percy Robert Miller, a 53-year-old rapper, actor, producer, entrepreneur and overall mogul whose net worth is said to be over $200 million.

Baron Davis, 41, is a retired former professional basketball player who played 15 seasons for various teams, including the Charlotte Hornets, the New Orleans Hornets, the Golden State Warriors, the L.A. Clippers, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the NY Knicks.

Davis is also a two-time NBA All-Star, and his net worth is reported to be around $60 million. He currently works as a studio analyst for Turner Network Television’s NBA coverage.

Master P also said in his statement that he and Davis are “prepared financially” after two months of talks with Adidas.

Elton John Wants To Play Shows Without His Hits

Elton John says he's looking forward to putting his best-known songs behind him when he completes a final world tour.

He’s previously discussed the idea of performing lower-key shows once the postponed Farewell Yellow Brick Road campaign is over. Now, he's going into more detail about what those shows might be like.

“I'm lucky to have so many great songs to play every night,” John told Record Collector. “But there is a point in time where you think, 'I don't really want to play this anymore. There are things like ‘Original Sin' or '(Gotta Get a) Meal Ticket' that I haven't really played before – not enough anyway. But if I have to go back and play 'Crocodile Rock' again, it's like, 'I'm gonna kill myself.

“So, after I've finished this tour, I don't want to play some of these songs any more,” he added. “I’d like to do something like Kate Bush, where I can do a show & play some of these songs that are deep cuts.”

John recently argued that there was no reason for him to make a new album at this point in his career. “I have no idea what the fuck I’m going to do next, and that feels great,” he said. “I just don’t think this is a time for me to think about recording. I’m a dad, and I love being a dad.”

He continued: “I will get in the mood to record again – and I’ll get in the mood to write. ... But no one needs another Elton John record out at the moment.”

His comments came after lyricist Bernie Taupin said he'd been trying to encourage John to start writing music for the “16 to 18” song ideas he’s supplied, which he regarded as “very, very special. I would love to see him start to do some work,” Taupin said. “I continually encourage him to do so. … I really, really would love to get back on track and back in the game.”