Kanye West Just Announced His First North America Tour In 3 Years

Kanye West has just announced details for his upcoming tour entitles “The Saint Pablo Tour”. Kicking off on August 25th at Banker’s Life Arena in Indianapolis, Kanye will visit 50 cities performing songs from his latest masterpiece album ‘The Life Of Pablo’.

Kanye hasn’t toured since his 2013 ‘Yeezus Tour’ and that sellout tour received 5-star reviews from those that attended so we’re very excited to see what Kanye has in store for us this August. ‘The Life Of Pablo’ album gave us tracks ‘Ultralight beam’, ‘Waves’, ‘Real Friends’ and of course the much loved ‘I Love Kanye’. We can’t wait to see how Kanye works them into a live performance. The album also made history as the first album to debut at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart based on streaming only.

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Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney release acoustic ballad

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For a moment, let’s pretend it’s the year 2005. A young Rihanna releases catchy ‘Pon De Replay’ and it would be twos years before this “good girl went bad”, nonetheless baby steps towards her 7 Grammys had been made.

Kanye West‘s “Late Registration’ is being hailed as a masterpiece album as ‘Gold Digger ft Jamie Foxx’ topped music charts world-wide.

Paul McCartney had just released his 13th solo album ‘Chaos and Creation in the Backyard’ and remained in the US album charts for over 10 weeks.

Fast forward ten years and the three aforementioned music artists have teamed up and released a collaboration single entitled ‘Four Five Seconds‘.  Kanye previewed the single at the IHeartRadio Summit event in LA on thursday straight off his laptop.

The song has a stripped back arrangement with Rihanna and Kanye providing vocals over Paul McCartney’s single guitar part. This is the first music we’ve heard from Rihanna in over a year and many are happy to hear more ballads from the singer. ‘Stay’ was a massive hit and all but proved Rihanna doesn’t have to belt out an 8 octave manifest to prove her voice is special.

While the singing is a far cry from Kanye of 05, has he ever been known to stay in one lane with his music? Kanye has always made it clear that his main focus is to be an innovator and a visionary in the music business.  Whether you think it works or it doesn’t, Kanye will continue to journey on; in the end we’re just along for the ride.

Have a listen and let us know what you think on Twitter!

“FourFiveSeconds” is downloadable from iTunes now.

Mr Hudson: Exclusive shoot and interview for FAULT Online

After originally breaking onto the music scene in 2007, Mr Hudson has now notched up over 80,000,000 views on YouTube (with his feature on Jay-Z anthem ‘Young Forever’) to date , collaborated with Kanye West on the platinum-selling ‘808s & Heartbreak’ album, and released his solo album Straight No Chaser in 2009, spawning the #2 single ‘Supernova’ featuring Mr West.

Since this last release, he has featured on Jay Z’s ‘The Blueprint 3’ in 2009, and on the Jay-Z/West juggernaut ‘Watch The Throne’ in 2011, as well as having recorded and toured with industry giants from Tinie Tempah and Calvin Harris to Amy Winehouse and Miley Cyrus. Now he’s back with another album of his own- the upcoming Step Into The Shadows. This is a record with a new sound and a dark intensity, with cameos by the likes of George The Poet, Giggs and Luther star Idris Elba, who features on the title track that dropped in May of this year.

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FAULT: Your new album is very influenced by London. How has your experience of the city shaped your music?

Mr Hudson: I’ve just been running around so much the last few years- the first big tour we did was with Amy Winehouse around the UK and Europe and then I was in America with the G.O.O.D guys and Kanye. So it was a real decision to set up a studio in London and not run around so much.

I was struck by the narrative quality of the new album- the imagery, the place names. Is that something you are conscious of?

I really wanted to pin it- like on Google Maps- there are pins all through the music. Part of that was due to living and working in Central London. My studio was in Clerkenwell, near Smithfield market, and that place has a vibe. And I was watching a lot of Luther, which was where I first saw Idris [Elba.] I was like “I want to work with this guy” and he came round the next day!

When you were first coming onto the scene there was a kind of Brit bubble with Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen and Mark Ronson. Do you see that trend coming round again?

I think we have a really nice kind of Brit Pop bubble happening but at the same time, I think the mainstream is definitely looking towards the US and a very America-centric sound, which it wasn’t ten years ago. It’s interesting that some people still want to sing with an American accent- girls more than guys- but I love the scene that’s coming through at the moment; Disclosure, Sam Smith, Aluna George, MNEK.

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With the new album you have spoken about the theme of secrecy and hidden moments. Was there a desire to get away from the hyper-activity of being so in the public eye?

Yeah, and really just to slow down. Some of the tracks on the album are so slow which might seem a bit downbeat but my thing with music is that you’ve just got to let that out if that’s what you’re feeling. I’ve always just made the music that I want to hear come out the speakers. Sometimes it will resonate with the mainstream and sometimes it won’t.

You have spoken about the ‘physicality’ of your music. In that vein, what is your approach to the live experience?

I love singing live- I have mixed feelings about the way in which the industry has moved towards performing to a track. You’d be surprised by how little of the sound you hear is actually made on stage. I’ve always been influenced by the likes of Bowie, Chet Baker, Cole Porter, and I play musical instruments so it makes me sad that music doesn’t really start with the musicians anymore. These days it starts on a laptop in a room, the vocals are done in that same room, and then maybe when it comes to the stage you get people together in a rehearsal room.

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Coat: Atelier Scotch
Shoes: Church’s
Watch: Triwa

Do you create everyday?

Yeah- even if just in my head. I love sitting with a guitar on my knee, or at the piano with a cup of tea. I’m more into the process of actually making music than being recognised for it or being famous- whatever that is! I worry that we’ve shifted back into a sort of ‘music as a way to be rich and famous.’ Money’s cool but it’s not a way of life. Shakespeare was not the richest man in London in his day!

Did you approach the new record with a view to core themes, or a particular message?

I just went in and thought about making music. I made a real effort not to be cerebral about it. Not to think about it but to actually do it. For me, the new record feels like driving or walking around London at night. My reference points were things like (the film) Drive, Luther, Blade Runner, Hitchcock.

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It’s interesting that those are all visual references.

Yeah! I wanted to paint some pictures with the music, as if each song is a vignette of a time and place. Driving around West London, driving through Canary Wharf. In terms of music I was drawn to this kind of unnamed genre that centres on a guy who is miserable, but it’s okay. A kind of Frank Sinatra ‘One for my Baby, One for the Road.’ You’re going through it but it’s okay and you’re not a wreck. We celebrate Sinatra for the kind of big, brassy music he made but he has some incredible, miserable albums!

What is your FAULT?

I think I’m too diplomatic sometimes- too much of a peacekeeper. If we were having a row, I’d just do whatever to calm everyone down but that avoids the problem. I don’t face up to shit.- I’m a coward. It’s a stiff upper lip thing of not wanting to deal with it.

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Words: Will Ballantyne-Reid

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Makeup: Patricia Obaro Odje

Hair: Natalie Viner

Big Sean – Music cover star for FAULT Issue 15

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Big Sean was shot by Steven Gomillion & Dennis Leupold (GNL Studios) and styled by April Roomet for the Music section cover of
FAULT Issue 15

Sean Michael Anderson, better known as Big Sean, is bringing his music to the masses this year with the forthcoming release of his sophomore album, Hall of Fame. The hype around the Detroit Player started at very young age. After graduating from high school, Sean entered a local radio phone-in rap battle, won and became a regular contestant thereafter. His relationship with the radio station (Detroit’s WHTD) eventually led to Sean meeting his idol (and soon-to-be mentor), Kanye West.

The meeting of the two artists saw Kanye take on Sean as his protégé in 2005, with the latter signing to the former’s label, G.O.O.D Music, two years later. His hard work and dedication to his craft has seen Big Sean reap the rewards of that relationship with numerous releases, including his debut LP, Finally Famous, mixtapes such as Detroit and Cruel Summer and collaborations with internationally renowned artists such as Kanye West himself, Nikki Minaj, Common and, most recently, Jessie J. The result? The 25-year-old MC can now boast of a global fan base of millions. Finally Famous indeed.

FAULT: What a year for you: all that touring, recording and a clothing line coming out, too. Plus, there’s huge hype surrounding the release of Hall of Fame. How you feel about that? Any extra pressure to meet or surpass fans’ and critics’ expectations?

Big Sean: There’s always a bit of pressure with releases, but pressure is good. It’s the best music I’ve ever made. I got a chance to play the tracks to some really good tastemakers who have all had a very positive response. Plus, I know the fans are anxious to hear the tracks. I can’t wait to get it out there—it’ll be worth the wait!

How did growing up in Detroit affect your sound? What’s the music scene like there?

Well, really, Detroit is a special place to me. It just has this certain quality you can’t really explain. Detroit makes a certain type of quality people, and I’m really proud to represent.

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Big Sean representing… See the whole shoot – only in FAULT Issue 15
Interview by Leah Blewitt

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FAULT reviews The Great Gatsby film soundtrack

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Baz Luhrmann’s take on The Great Gatsby is showing in theaters these days, and as any Luhrmann film, the music plays an important part. With Jay-Z credited as an executive producer, the soundtrack aims to mix the jazz sound of the 20s with contemporary music, featuring artist such as Jay-Z himself, Kanye West, Florence + The Machine, The Bryan Ferry Orchestra, Beyoncé, Lana Del Rey, The xx, Jack White and many more!

Say what you want about the film, but the soundtrack is an impressive compilation of songs from many of our most exciting artists today. Have a listen to a couple of the songs below, and buy the whole album on iTunes!

‘The Great Gatsby’ on the Web:

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