Kanye West fans expecting to see the rapper's "New Slaves" projections at various locations throughout Houston, only saw flashing lights instead. Three of West's locations in H-Town -- the Rothko Chapel, the Central Library downtown and the George Bush Monument -- were a no-go during the second weekend of West's public video screening across the globe.
Last week, the video for 'Ye's controversial new single "New Slaves," off his upcoming Yeezus LP, debuted -- without a hitch -- on 66 walls across the globe: Toronto, Berlin, Paris, Sydney, Los Angeles and more. Yesterday, West announced via Twitter that Round 2 of the worldwide projections would include cities such as Birmingham, U.K.; Milan, Italy; Auckland, New Zealand; San Diego, California and several more. Fans made their way to the new locations half-hoping for a new video or track, but were greeted by the same visuals of the week before ... and in some cases, like Houston, the smell of bacon.
According to the Houston Chronicle, the three video projection locations were shutdown for various reasons. Cops told fans at Houston's Rothko Chapel that they'd be arrested for trespassing if they did not leave. Ironic that a church shutdown West's screening, considering West's play on all things holy for this sixth album -- from the Yeezus title, to tracks like "I Am A God."
Technical difficulties were to blame for Central Library's botched screening, while the George Bush Monument was less of a pleasant story according to fans. “All we saw were the sprinklers come on and obnoxious people screaming Kanye threats,” a fan said. The George Bush Monument fail is also interesting to note considering that little incident from the Hurricane Katrina telethon in 2006. While the loaction was not originally listed on Kanye West's website, it was tweeted out via Roc-A-Fella Records, who will release West's new record.
There were no reports of arrests from any of the locations.
Yeezus drops June 18. Below is the successful projection from the Auckland, New Zealand location captured on Friday, May 24.
Boyz II Men is back on the commercial scene.
With the controversy around their “Love white jeans on you” Old Navy commercial, sung to the tune of their 1994 hit “I’ll Make Love To You,” the R&B group kept their song in its original version for this two-minute spot.
In the sentimental commercial, a man named Cory takes his surprised girlfriend of seven years, Cassandra, to a karaoke spot in Los Angeles and sings the tune to his unknowing companion until Boyz II Men come and take over for an a cappella version.
Watch the video above.
American Idol continues to be a revolving door for celebrities. Bruno Mars and Jennifer Hudson may be forerunners to become judges for the next season of the singing competition. The search is on for new judges, as Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert, Clay Aiken and Harry Connick Jr. have reportedly been considered in the AI board meetings.
But now J-Hud and the “Locked Out Of Heaven” singer’s names have been added to the voting process as well. A source told Hollywood Life, “Producers and FOX would absolutely love to get Bruno Mars as a judge. [Producers] are looking into making him an offer very soon. They’re looking to lock down next seasons’ judging panel sooner than later.”
Looks like Season 13 of the singing competition is preparing to get a facelift.
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Rocking a freshly shaved platinum blonde haircut, Jessie J revealed the cover art for her next single “Wild.” The track features fellow Brit Dizzie Rascal and Detroiter Big Sean. As a preview of the single, listen to a snippet of her acoustic rendition below.
Photo Credit: Singersroom
After a video allegedly depicting Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine, he has finally spoken out on the allegations.
“I do not use crack cocaine, nor am I an addict of crack cocaine,” Ford said at a news conference held at City Hall (May 24). “As for a video, I cannot comment on a video that I have never seen, or does not exist.”
The video, which hasn’t been released to the masses, surfaced last week Friday (May 17) after two reporters viewed the tape, the Toronto Star reported. In the clip, the journalists said it “appears to show Ford, sitting in a chair, inhaling from what appears to be a glass crack pipe,” the New York Times writes.
The video was shown to the reporters by "a drug dealer who had been trying to sell it for a six-figure sum." However, Mayor Ford believes the media is attacking his name.
"It is most unfortunate, very unfortunate, that my colleagues and the great people of this city have been exposed to the fact that I've been judged by the media without any evidence," Ford said.
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From New Zealand to Miami, Kanye West is planning for a second weekend of projections as he tweeted a list of new locations this afternoon. Last week (May 17), the rapper debuted his controversial song “New Slaves” on 66 buildings around the globe. Now he's preparing for another international takeover.
There’s no word as to whether this will be another single from his June 18 album Yeezus or the same “New Slaves” visual, but the world will be watching once again. Cities include Austin, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; Baltimore, Maryland; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and across the pond to Birmingham, UK; Zurich, Switzerland; Milan, Italy; and Cannes, France. Click here to see if a projection is coming to a city near you.
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