Will Smith Battles Himself In “Gemini Man” Trailer

Los Angeles, CA – Will Smith is fighting the ultimate enemy, himself, in the new trailer for the Ang Lee-directed movie Gemini Man.

The trailer for the futuristic sci-fi action-drama was released Tuesday, April 23, by Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media. Scored to a sinister rendition of Alphaville’s “Forever Young,” the Academy Award nominee goes toe-to-toe with a 25-year-old version of himself.

“The emotional and physical challenges of making this film have been the most demanding of my career,” Smith told The Wrap. The film had been shelved by Walt Disney Studio in 1997 languishing for years until the technology to render the same actor decades apart was possible.

The cast also includes Clive Owen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Benedict Wong.

Gemini Man will open in theaters October 11.

Is Joe Budden Right About Kanye West’s "Sunday Service"?

Contemporaries in some ways, and arch nemeses in others, what Joe Budden and Kanye West share is a desire to act as contrarians in the hip-hop world. Brought into the game in the early 2000s, their career paths may have splintered f into vastly different areas but their statuses as lightning rods for controversy has been their unifying factor. Kanye, currently steeped in the most divisive period his career, emerged from a period self-imposed radio silence over the weekend to deliver his sermon on the mount. Just under a year after espousing the logic that “slavery was a choice,” the creative mastermind gave revelers in the desert Indio, CA a chance to bear witness to the first public edition his “Sunday Service.”

Is Joe Budden Right About Kanye West's "Sunday Service"?

Choir members at Kanye West’s “Sunday Service” Coachella performance, April 21 2019 –  Rich Fury/Getty s

Save for fragmented clips from the Kardashians’ Instagram stories, these gospel choir-led performances have depicted Kanye as a far-cry from the belligerent, self-destructively minded figure that we got accustomed to back in 2018. Entrenched in the sounds that informed his early production work, rekindling his love affair with soul and the sounds worship has led many to believe that we’re seeing the resurrection the universally acclaimed “old Kanye” before our very eyes. Seemingly attuned to his past, present and future, this spiritual awakening has led to a renewed sense self and the 50,000-strong congregation that gathered to see him at “the mountain” were extended an experiential olive branch that had many ready to absolve him all his transgressions.

In the eyes the eternal skeptic Joe Budden however, this spectacle wasn’t anywhere near as earnest or transparent as it’d been portrayed as in the lead-up to the event. Never one to self-censor, Joe pulled no punches upon hearing the accompanying merchandise that went along with the Sunday Service. Comprised t-shirts, crew necks and $50 socks, the rapper turned podcast host and cultural commentator laid his feelings bare his typically incendiary Twitter account:

“From justifying bigotry on your ppl to Church merch and Coachella choirs…. God bless us all.”

Is Joe Budden Right About Kanye West's "Sunday Service"?

Chance the Rapper was among the performers at Kanye West’s Coachella “Sunday Service,” April 21 2019 –  Rich Fury/Getty s

Submerged in a vat scornful sarcasm, Joe’s latest comments on Kanye’s exploits are in keeping with the exasperation that he’s displayed over the past year. Whenever Ye has made one his more inflammatory remarks, Joe has been quick to declare that the time for heralding the G.O.O.D Music architect as a force for good has elapsed. Taken from the May 2nd edition The Joe Budden Podcast, the NJ native made his feelings known in no uncertain terms: “Self-centred. Self-absorbed. Self-obsessed. Selfish. All the self’s except self-aware… The only point that I’m making is that all his problems as late are personal indictments against him. They’re never for this greater good or this greater cause…. He’s just speaking in f****g riddles.”

Then in September, Joe was once again aggrieved by what he viewed as Kanye’s megalomaniacal tendencies and believed that he had to pay penance for his actions:

“I don’t think this version Kanye is anywhere near the best version Kanye. I don’t think he produces the best version his music anymore, I guess that’s what I’ve been trying to say about Kanye. I need a streak selfless acts from Kanye, that’s how much damage I feel like he has done.”

In conjunction with his latest comments, it becomes clear that Joe Budden has an enshrined outlook on Ye that will require more than token gestures and splashes religious iconography to overhaul. For him, the pricing his new garb unveils his true intentions and is a case misdirection that’s portraying his selfishness and selflessness. As if it wasn’t already clear from context, Joe made his stance all too robust when he replied to Twitter user @lordsunborn’s remark that “I feel the exact same way. Started his strategic marketing to lead up to Coachella Easter Merch.” With the seed implanted, Joe coyly bowed out as he replied, “I’m shutting up.”

Anything but an impartial adjudicator, Joe doesn’t harbour any desire to see a redemptive narrative laid out before Kanye without real, demonstrable admissions wrongdoing. With that said, his partisan viewpoint doesn’t necessarily invalidate his stance or detract any possible truth that it may contain. For most his career, Kanye West has walked a fine line between sacrilege and basking in the glow his salvation. Aware his own inner-duality, the fact that the man who was “here to convert atheists into believers” on “Jesus Walks” is now giving his music a sanctified sheen is no great U-turn. However, where Joe Budden’s concerns lie is whether it’s the product a genuine desire to spread goodwill to all or if it’s informed by the more financially lucrative racket a fraudulent televangelist.

Is Joe Budden Right About Kanye West's "Sunday Service"?

Teyana Taylor at Kanye West’s Coachella “Sunday Service,” April 21 2019 –  Rich Fury/Getty s

Since 2016, Kanye West’s financial woes have been well-publicized. Said to be $53 million in debt at one stage, the lty price tags that come with the new ecclesiastical garments are in keeping with the exorbitant amount money that a pair Yeezy’s also demand. With this in mind, it’s easier for a more sinister perception his motives to seep in. Budden’s stance has found itself with an unexpected corroborator in Sharon Osbourne. Speaking on Monday’s edition The Talk, the artist manager and media personality spoke her wariness around Ye’s recent collection: 

“I don’t like using the term ‘church merch.’ I don’t think the church has anything to do with his merch, and what church, the church Kanye? It’s the same as his service in Calabasas. It’s for celebrities, so he claims… I do love what he’s doing musically, but I suppose everything he does is a business. The same as his shoes, and his music, he’s making a prit, so he’s a businessman, so that’s what you do.”

While she may have balked at the prospect the “The Church Of Kanye,” there is reason to believe that this isn’t as farfetched an idea as it may seem at surface level.

In a recent Instagram post that marked the Coachella service, Kim mentioned that in addition to being an exercise in “healing,” Kanye “had this vision starting a church for few years and it was magical seeing everyone else get to experience.” As throwaway a remark as it may seem, it takes on a greater significance when you consider that the Kardashian clan are no strangers to funneling money into the world religion. Formerly known as LifeChange, the family matriarch Kris Jenner co-founded the California Community Church back in 2009. Led in prayer by none other than the formerly disavowed pastor Brad Johnson, the church goes beyond your average collection plate and asks each member its flock to donate $1000 or 10% their income per month to the church in exchange for access to its wisdom. Known to be tax-exempt, religious organizations and denominations all kinds have managed to accrue immense sums money through the tithe their parishioners. With the know-how at his disposal, it raises the question as to whether Joe Budden could’ve hit the nail on the head and Coachella’s Sunday Service was less a genuine holy experience and more a grandiose recruitment drive for The Church Of Kanye that he’s been prefacing through his recent activity.

Is Joe Budden Right About Kanye West's "Sunday Service"?

Kanye West at his Coachella “Sunday Service” gathering, April 21 2019 – Rich Fury/Getty s

Speculated on by UK tabloid The Mirror and Twitter users alike, only time will tell if Kanye will be filing all the relevant paperwork to turn his music-infused form worship into an institution with legal underpinning. With that being said, it appears that the cynicism that Joe Budden has been exuding over the past year may not be the ramblings a mad man or “hater” and could’ve forewarned us the next phase Kanye West. 

DMX & Idris Elba Post Up At Coachella

The DMX renaissance is in full swing. With many openly rooting for the rap legend’s ongoing comeback, X has been increasingly active in his dealings. In the months following his release from prison, DMX has already kicked f an It’s Dark And Hell Is Hot tour, moved to revitalize his cinematic career, laid down bangers in the studio, and given sermons at Kanye West‘s ongoing Sunday Service series. All things considered, X has the support hip-hop behind him, and seeing him win brings joy to any self-respecting hip-hop head. 

DMX & Idris Elba Post Up At Coachella

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While he didn’t hold it down behind the pulpit for Kanye’s Coachella edition Sunday Service, he was in attendance throughout the event. During his time roaming the festival grounds, X found himself running into Idris Elba, himself a legend in certain circles. The pair decided to post up for a picture, and one can only hope that discussions the cinematic variety were held.

Check out the picture below, courtesy DMX’s Instagram. It’s always nice to see worlds collide, and once again, we’re reminded DMX’s enduring musical legacy. Should you need reminding the Dark Man X’s strengths as a writer, check out this analysis his “Damien” series right here

"Avengers: Endgame" Reactions Are Overwhelmingly Positive From World Premiere

After footage from the upcoming Avengers flick appeared online, fans the franchise started to turn f their phones in hopes that the spoilers completely disappear. The directors the film issued a statement, urging everybody to keep quiet about Endgame until everybody has gotten a chance to watch it, reducing the unfortunate reality plot points being ruined before we even step into the theatre. With the hype surrounding this movie, it will be difficult to avoid any spoilers but so far, Marvel and the actors have been tight-lipped. The Los Angeles premiere took place last night and the first batches people have finally seen the 3-hour long extravaganza, praising it and speaking very highly everybody involved. 

Fans, journalists and critics were in attendance as the Endgame finally played out on screen after Thanos destroyed much the universe. As reported by Variety, many the folks in the crowded theatre walked out with smiles on their faces, saying that the film is as “epic” as they would have expected. With the end in sight, we could definitely expect some emotional elements, with many noting that a few people in the audience were sobbing at parts. Rotten Tomatoes editor-in-chief Joel Meares kept things simple, telling fans that they will go “APESHIT” when they see it. Others have referred to the MCU culmination as the “best possible version Avengers: Endgame and somehow the film still surpassed all expectations.”

Even if you look deep, you’re likely to find almost exclusively positive reviews. The film will ficially premiere later this week. Are you excited?

#DXCLUSIVE: Cliff Savage Goes Buck Wild In "Gas" Video

HipHopDX Premiere – Burgeoning Long Beach artist Cliff Savage first caught steam as part of the Los Angeles’ “jerkin” dance craze and mastermind of the Spotify hit, “Uber.” Now, he’s ready to make his mark with his debut EP, Lone Wolf.

Ahead of its release, the self-taught rapper, songwriter, engineer, producer and videographer has dropped a video for “Gas,” one of seven new cuts on the forthcoming project.

Crafted by Mogel Minded and Different Family, the high octane visual features Savage and friends busting out choreographed dance moves in an abandoned warehouse as the 28-year-old spits out his verses.

Lone Wolf is expected to arrive on June 7 Cleopatra Records.

In the interim, rock the video up top.

Celebrities Want "#JusticeForLucca" After Viral Video Of Teen Getting Arrested Goes Viral

People are calling the treatment a 15-year-old named “Lucca” by a Florida deputy police brutality after a video a recent incident has gone viral. According to an affidavit, Deputy Christopher Krickovich claims that he and his partner Sgt. Greg LaCerra were responding to a call at a McDonald’s after the restaurant’s employees complained that a large group teens were gathering outside their establishment for a fight. The fast-food restaurant was known as a popular place for teenagers to hang out after school, but the workers wanted authorities to help in case there was any trouble as there were frequent fights in the parking lot.

Krickovich says that he and his partner arrived on the scene after the fight was already over and told the teens to leave the area. One the boys from the fight was identified as someone who was allegedly engaged in an incident from the day before and was told not to return. “While I was dealing with the male on the ground, I observed his phone slide to the right me and then behind me. I observed a teen wearing a red tank top reach down and attempt to grab the male student’s phone,” Krickovich wrote.

The teen in the red shirt, identified on social media as a boy named “Lucca,” was reportedly a friend the young man being arrested. He wanted to grab his phone and hold it for him before it was lost, stolen, or taken by the ficers. In the viral video, viewers can see the moment Lucca grabs the phone and stands up as LaCerra pepper-sprays the teen in the face, grabs him, and throws him forcefully to the ground. Krickovich says that Lucca “took an aggressive stance” toward LaCerra and “bladed his body and began clenching his fists,” suggesting that the ficers felt threatened.

Krickovich goes on to say that his encounter with Lucca was meant to de-escalate a situation where 200 teens were in attendance. He admits to punching the teen on the right side his head as, what he calls, “a distractionary technique” in order to get Lucca to release his hands from under his head so that he could be handcuffed. 

Celebrities including LeBron James, Anika Noni Rose, Michael Eric Dyson, Tevin Campbell, and Parkland school shooting survivor David Hogg all tweeted about the violent incident using the “#JusticeForLucca” hashtag while calling for others to get involved to help the teen. 

The bleeding teen was taken into custody and charged with assault, resisting arrest, and trespassing. The public is calling for the ficers involved to be fired, but as now, Krickovich is the only one who has been disciplined by being placed on restricted duty.

 

The Recording Academy Withholds Endorsement of the 'Industry Standard' MLC Pending Further Review

The Recording Academy has declined to lend its endorsement to an MLC bid from major publishers like Sony/ATV, UMPG, and Warner/Chappell.

The following is a developing story; please check back for continued updates.  Last update: Monday, 3:00 pm PT.

Instead, the Academy, which oversees the annual Grammy Awards, has indicated that it will withhold its support pending further scrutiny of competing MLC bids.

The major music publishers’ submission to oversee the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) faces competition from a rival group of indie songwriters and technologists known as the American Music Licensing Collective (AMLC).  That group has argued that major publishers are seeking to exploit the MLC to claim billions in ‘black box’ royalties that belong to indie songwriters.

According to the language of the Music Modernization Act, now signed into law, the elected MLC will have roughly one year to clarify a tranche of unidentified royalties.  If unidentified, the first tranche — which is estimated at more than $1 billion — will be liquidated based on publishing market share, regardless of who the actual rights owners are.

That payout scheme has been criticized as heavily advantageous to major publishers, though extremely unfair to smaller rights owners.

Initially, the influential Recording Academy appeared to wholeheartedly back the major publishers’ MLC submission.

But the Academy’s name was notably absent from the publishing group’s formal proposal with the U.S. Copyright Office.  Instead, the group has opted to withhold its endorsement for now, while studying the nuances of both proposals.

“The Recording Academy has an obligation to its songwriter members to study both submissions for the new Collective carefully and with due diligence,” Daryl Friedman, the Recording Academy’s Chief Industry, Government and Member Relations Officer emailed Digital Music News this afternoon (April 22nd).

“Therefore, we could not exclusively endorse either entity prior to studying their full proposals.  The Academy will file comments with our recommendations on April 22 in accordance with the procedure set forth by the Copyright Office.”

It should be noted that the email was also sent on April 22nd (Monday), ostensibly prior to the Academy filing its official comments with the U.S. Copyright Office.  That open comment section is being closed on April 22nd, and at the time of writing, we have not seen the Recording Academy’s comments on the various proposals.

(It should be noted that these are open submissions with the U.S. Copyright Office, meaning that anyone with an interest in the outcome can submit a comment.)

Late last week, sources to Digital Music News noted that the Recording Academy’s name was missing from the official MLC submission of the major publishers.

David Israelite, who heads major publishing trade group NMPA, did not respond to a request from Digital Music News for comment.  Charlotte Sellmyer, Senior Vice President of External Affairs at NMPA, also declined to respond.

The Recording Academy’s pullback comes as a blow to the NMPA and its major publishing constituents.

The Academy is easily one of the most influential trade groups in the music industry, and certainly the most visible with the Grammys.  The group’s pullback could deflate earlier claims by the NMPA that its MLC proposal solidly represented an ‘industry consensus,’ a talking point used heavily by Israelite and others.

“No matter how you want to identify what the majority of music works means, the number of songs, the number of owners, the amount of money collected, the Billboard charts — anyway you cut it, these endorsements far exceed the majority status,” Israelite declared to Billboard.

Indeed, Israelite argued that the NMPA’s MLC submission was so heavily supported that a bidding process involving the AMLC was completely unnecessary.  Those claims now seem unwarranted given the Recording Academy’s position.

The AMLC has countered Israelite’s claims by noting that the real ‘consensus’ comes from smaller songwriters and publishers, a group that easily overpowers the smaller cadre of major publishers and their allies.

Other MLC supporters remain, including the influential Songwriters of North America (SONA).  But even SONA is experiencing some fallout: just last week, SONA founding member Hélène Muddiman .

“Please remember that the majors have done direct licenses with streaming platforms, so it is unlikely that very much of this [black box] money belongs to major publishers or their writers,” .  “Rather, it belongs to indie and foreign copyright holders, who were never licensed or whose metadata was corrupted or incomplete.”

 

 

Cardi B Hits Blogger With Defamation Lawsuit

Legal troubles continue for rapper Cardi B. Last week, reports from The Blast indicated the 26-year old mother as having rejected a guilty plea in relation to both an assault and reckless endangerment charge. In the latter, two exotic dancers claimed an attack was set up on them by Ms. “Bodak Yellow”, herself, out jealousy. The rapper has since shown up in court and refused to cop a plea, but instead agreed to bring the case to trial in the oncoming months. Though a possible future win may lie ahead, the Grammy-winning artist finds herself amidst more legal trouble. This time around, however, Offset‘s wife is not on the receiving end.

Cardi B Hits Blogger With Defamation Lawsuit

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According to TMZ, Cardi B is suing a blogger named Latasha K, the personality behind the Youtube channel unWinewithTashaK, for defamation character. The blogger is said to have posted a video wherein she supposedly calls the former dancer out for being a “drug-using prostitute with herpes.” In response, Cardi motioned for legal ramifications and her lawyers hired a process server to deliver the news to Latasha on Thursday night.

The released audio captured by TMZ clearly reveals the run-in did not go well. Amidst the noise, we can hear the server announcing the news to Tasha K and discussing her rights. The Youtuber was not having it and let the server know she was also within her rights to “blow something” in his head. Dicey, indeed, but despite the violent response, Cardi is still moving forward with the lawsuit and wants the mentioned video deleted.

Machine Gun Kelly & His Daughter Sing To Billie Eilish With Pete Davidson

In the last year, the world has been taken over by Billie Eilish. Not yet 18-years-old, the teenager has quickly risen to become one the most popular female artists in the world, breaking records with her debut album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? Her out–the-ordinary image and anti-pop-star persona have helped her become insanely big with a young crowd, performing memorable shows during both Coachella weekends. She’s even picked up some cred with fellow musicians as Machine Gun Kelly proved, blasting one her tracks as he rode in the car with his daughter and Pete Davidson.

MGK and his little girl were joined by Pete Davidson, Kellz’ best friend, as they all enjoyed Billie’s hit single “you should see me in a crown.” The Ohio rapper referenced the star’s unique Instagram handle in his caption, showing his daughter turning up in the backseat as she danced and sang along. Complete with crown hand gestures and a gunshot at the end, MGK’s 11-year-old Casie is having herself a great time in the back. The camera shifts over to comedian Pete Davidson at one point, who is rocking out while driving.

Have you caught onto the Billie Eilish wave yet or are you having trouble processing her vibe?

Kanye West’s Coachella Edition Of "Sunday Service" Draws 50,000 Fans

Kanye West‘s ongoing Sunday Service recently reached an apex this past weekend, when Ye brought the tradition to the Coachella grounds. While the spectacle clearly captured the hearts and minds many in attendance, it wasn’t entirely clear how many settled down to witness the Service in action. Now, TMZ has revealed the scope Kanye’s pull, which found thousands upon thousands festival-goers rallying to check out the early morning sermon. 

The report, which was conveyed by “Coachella production sources,” claims that organizers ficially turned in a headcount. As it stands, fifty-thousand stood in attendance Ye’s biggest Sunday Service yet, including several prominent names. DMX, the Kardashian clan, Chance The Rapper, Kid Cudi, Donald Glover, Lizzo, and more came through to enjoy the show. And what a show it was. Kanye ultimately premiered a new single called “Water,” which found him taking his falsetto to previously unexplored heights.

Clearly, Kanye West’s eye for experimental concepts is nigh unparalleled, and there’s no telling where the increasingly grandiose Sunday Service series might go. Congratulations to Ye for building something wholesome and organic. Hopefully, this energy can carry over to the impending Yandhi, if and when that should surface.

Kanye West's Coachella Edition Of "Sunday Service" Draws 50,000 Fans

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Audioburst Confirms $10 Million in New Funding, Raising $25 Million To Date

Dentsu and Hyundai have now invested millions in Audioburst.

Several weeks ago, Blubrry, a podcast hosting company, inked an important deal with AI-powered audio search platform Audioburst.

Under the deal, Blubrry users would have access to the AI platform’s search technology.  Podcasters hosted by the former company could now sign up to use Audioburst’s new Creators platform.  This includes access to tools, including full episode transcripts and short clips shareable on social media.

Speaking about the deal, Amir Hirsh, Co-Founder and CEO of Audioburst, explained,

Our mission is to empower podcasters and radio professionals with a robust solution for monetization, distribution, and discovery.

The integration of [our] Creators platform gives Blubrry’s thousands of creative community members the unmatched tools to transcribe, increase exposure, and earn money.

Financial terms of the agreement remain undisclosed.

Now, the AI-powered search platform has secured more funding.

Signing to the tune of $10 million.

Audioburst has confirmed two new strategic and investment partnerships totaling $10 million.  Dentsu Inc. and Hyundai Motor Company have joined the AI platform’s list of investors.  Both have made a $5 million investment.

The new investment brings the company’s total funding to just under $25 million.

In June 2017, Advanced Media made a $6.7 million in Audioburst.  In March 2018, Samsung Ventures helped the company raise $4.6 million.  Then, Nippon Broadcasting System joined in the following August with a $3.1 million investment.

Audioburst transcribes, analyzes, and indexes radio content in real-time into short-form snippets.  The company’s API allows brands and marketers to leverage audio content for user engagement as well as monetization opportunities.  Audioburst remains available on multiple platforms, including Amazon Alexa and Google Home.  In addition, the company closely works with major brands, including Samsung, LG, ByteDance, and others.

With the funding, the company now will build unique advertising and in-car voice-based experiences in Japanese for Hyundai and Dentsu.  Audioburst confirmed it will formally launch in the Japanese market at the end of 2019.

Speaking about the new funding, Hirsh said,

[The funding] provides us the ability to expand and expedite our technology offering, and tap into a larger ecosystem of investors and partners in the car, media, advertising, and technology spaces.

Dentsu, a global advertising agency, added the funding remains necessary to create intelligent, audio-based ad solutions for Japan, a “rapidly growing market.”

Personalized advertising in the radio space has been limited to date.  In addition, the emergence of voice-activated services and audio content have provided a rapidly growing advertising opportunity for our clients.

 


Featured image by Pictures of Money (CC by 2.0).

Kim Kardashian Says Kanye’s Coachella Sunday Service Will Be Cherished "Forever"

Kim Kardashian finally made her way to Coachella for the first time ever and her visit was spent watching her husband Kanye West perform his weekly Sunday Service for an adoring crowd festival attendees. While Kanye may be left dealing with some legal problems since his electrifying set, Kim is left feeling proud for the magical set Kanye delivered for his fans. 

Kim Kardashian Says Kanye's Coachella Sunday Service Will Be Cherished "Forever"
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“Sunday Service was so special to experience here at Coachella especially for my first time here! Kanye started Sunday Service for healing for himself and his close and family and friends. He had this vision starting a church for few years and it was magical seeing everyone else get to experience it,” Kim wrote on Instagram. “I’m so proud you babe for doing exactly whats in your heart. The choir and band work so hard and have so much fun! It’s so inspiring to watch. Thank you to everyone who woke up early to spend Easter Sunday with us. It’s a memory we will cherish forever.”

The photo gallery shared by Kim shows that Kid Cudi, 2 Chainz and Chance The Rapper were course in attendance as well. 

Lizzo Succeeds Second Week Of Audio Issues At Coachella

Lizzo’s Coachella debut last week was one for books even though the music festival screwed up her sound and audio. You would think the festival would assure that her second visit to the stage would be without technical issues, but unfortunately, things didn’t pan out that way. The “Good As Hell” music maker had to push through more difficulties as her backing track cut f certain bridges and chorus’ and threw f her back up dancers, Variety reports. Lizzo’s frustrations were obvious when she told the crew to “cut it f.”

For the second weekend in a row, Lizzo had to perform her set acappella for her adoring crowd who still cheered her on and loved her set.

“If they ain’t gonna get the music right, I’m gonna get the music right,” Lizzo told the audience, with her flute in hand. “That’s why I got my music major.”

She added: “This is for anyone who ever doubted us and fucked up our sound.”

Lizzo Succeeds Second Week Of Audio Issues At Coachella
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Lizzo recently took to Twitter to vent some her thoughts about the industry and those who review albums. “PEOPLE WHO ‘REVIEW’ ALBUMS AND DONT MAKE MUSIC THEMSELVES SHOULD BE UNEMPLOYED,” she wrote, following up with an invitation for writers to spend time in the studio with her as a way for both parties to understand each other’s worlds. 

Watch Kanye West’s Sunday Service Live From Coachella

Sunday Service starts now.

Kanye West rose bright and early on Easter morning to bring his Sunday Service to Coachella during Weekend 2 of the festival in Indio, Calif. The gospel-inspired set will take place at the mountain in the camping area, and is open to all festivalgoers with a wristband.

Those who are not in attendance can stream the highly-anticipated performance on YouTube starting at 9 a.m. PST.

Sunday Service will reportedly feature a massive choir and an orchestra, plus some special guests. In the past, Kanye has brought out artists including DMX, Kid Cudi, Charlie Wilson, and 070 Shake during Sunday Service at his Calabasas compound.

Kanye was previously in talks to headline this year’s Coachella, but dropped out after negotiations broke down over the stage. He last headlined the festival in 2011.

Tune in to the Sunday Service live stream below.

Kanye West Debuts New Song ‘Water’ at Coachella Sunday Service

Yeezus rises again.

Kanye West brought his Sunday Service to Weekend 2 of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Easter morning (April 21). Thousands lined up starting at 6 a.m. for the spiritual-themed performance, which took place on a “mountain” in the camping area of the festival grounds in Indio, Calif. and was streamed live on YouTube.

A purple-haired West led the gospel choir and band, dressed in oversized purple sweatpants and sweatshirts, through the 90-minute set, which kicked off around 45 minutes after its 9 a.m. start time. The livestream was broadcast through a fisheye peephole and showed an aerial shot of the hilltop stage, which resembled an eye.

Surrounded by collaborators including Ty Dolla $ign, Kid Cudi, and Chance the Rapper, West opened with a mix of “Ultralight Beam” / “Ultralight Prayer” intertwined with the gospel song “How Excellent” before delivering gospel-inspired renditions of hits including “Power,” “Otis,” and “Fade,” mixed with classics like Stevie Wonder’s “As,” Soul II Soul’s “Back to Life (However Do You Want Me),” and Kirk Franklin’s “Brighter Day.”

Teyana Taylor belted out her K.T.S.E. track “Never Would Have Made It” and Chance the Rapper delivered his verse on “Ultralight Beam.” DMX preached to the crowd with a powerful spoken word, which brought West to tears.

Kanye, who joined Kid Cudi on stage in the Sahara tent the prior night, smiled but didn’t say much until the end, when he rapped on “All Falls Down” and the closer “Jesus Walks.”

Sunday Service also saw the debut of a new song called “Water,” which includes the refrain “We are water.” The spiritual song also includes the lyrics, “Let your light reflect on me / Take the chlorine out of conversation.” It’s unclear if the song will appear on Kanye’s upcoming album Yandhi.

Kanye’s family and friends were in attendance for the Easter Sunday performance, including Kim Kardashian and their daughter North West, along with Khloé Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner, 2 Chainz, and La La Anthony.

Merch aka “church clothes” were available for purchase, including $225 “Holy Spirit” sweatshirts, $75 ponchos, $50 “Jesus Walks” socks, and $70 “Trust God” T-shirts that said “Sunday Service at the Mountain” on the back. The items are also available online at shop.kanyewest.com.