Polaris Music Prize Short List, Kanye and Jay-Z's 'Watch the Throne' Details, and Washed Out's 'Cosmo' Explanation in This Week's News Roundup
Published Jul 09, 2011After another big week of news gathering and reporting, we've once again assembled our news roundup. So if you fear you missed anything thing week, here's some of our top stories.
First off, the Polaris Music Prize has announced its short list. Up for the $30,000 grand prize are Canadian artists such as Arcade Fire, Destroyer, Colin Stetson, Braids and the Weeknd. Of course, there's also a lot of debate, as you can see from the feisty comments our article has attracted so far. And we're guessing that debate will only get more heated as we continue to approach the September 19 winner announcement.
Meanwhile, it was a big week for star-led hip-hop. Kanye West and Jay-Z finally gave fans some solid details about their wildly anticipated Watch the Throne, which now has a cover, pre-order and speculative release date. What's more, Jay revealed he's already working on his next solo LP, which will feature in-demand Odd Future crooner Frank Ocean. And speaking on Hova, Waka Flocka Flame is taking a page straight out of the Jay-Z playbook and announcing that he's retiring. We somehow severely doubt Waka will stick to his promise.
Also this week, we had Washed Out clearing up that whole Cosmo thing (where the photo that dons his new album was featured with an article headlined "Is This the Most Satisfying Sex Position?"), Noel Gallagher announcing a pair of solo albums and Ali Shaheed Muhammad giving us his two cents about the new Tribe Called Quest documentary.
It was also a big week for new album cover reveals. We got both the jacket for Red Hot Chili Peppers' I'm With You and the art for Mastodon's The Hunter.
And to bring it back home again, beloved Canadian radio personality Alan Cross has ended his time at 102.1 The Edge. However, by the sounds of things, this is hardly the last we'll hear from Cross.