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Kanye says 'I do'
Kanye West is officially off the market, having exchanged "I dos" with Kim Kardashian in a fairy tale ceremony on May 24, 2014. Kanye said weeks later the pair would always be in a honeymoon period, but the honeymoon didn't last with his fans.
West recently returned to Manchester, Tennessee to headline at Bonnaroo and was greeted with port-a-potties and fences spray painted with "F--- Kanye" and "#Gay Fish." He later stopped songs multiple times to deliver speeches, randomly start chants and shout "where the press at?" In one of the most bizarre parts of the night, West said, "I ain't going after nobody on the radio. I'm goin' after Shakespeare. Walt Disney. Mozart. Henry Ford. Howard Hughes. David Sterns. Elon Musk. You can only achieve as high as your dreams." He also described himself as "humble," leading at least one leading national publication to poke fun at the star.
For those who remember, West also earned the wrath of the Bonnaroo audience back in 2008 when he showed up hours late to his own performance (causing fans to spend hours waiting in 100 degree heat) and only performed a portion of his scheduled set.
West also recently spoke at the Cannes Lions Festival, talking about the idea of brands and the current state of the Internet. He'll play a number of overseas dates beginning June 28 at the Bravalla Festival in Norrkoping. He'll also hit Marlay Park in Dublin, and play two dates at the Wireless Festival in England. The Australian leg of his tour begins September 5 in Perth at the Perth Arena.
Kanye West debuts "Yeezus" (Updated August 16, 2013)
Kanye West is never bored because he's never home. Or at least it seems that way, as sessions for West's six studio album began to take shape back in the spring of 2013 inside a Paris hotel. With anticipation at an all-time high, West not only tackled the project head-on, once it was finished he broke it apart again just two weeks shy of its due date. The reason? A noted perfectionist, Kanye suddenly favored a more minimalist approach to the recording he thought was missing the first time around.
Was the extra effort worth it? (And with Kanye West involved, is this even a question?) The album, "Yeezus," was released on June 18, 2013 and garnered rave reviews from critics. It became the rapper's sixth consecutive No. 1 debut, featuring guest appearances from Assassin and King L., as well as Justin Vernon, Frank Ocean, Chief Keef, Kid Cudi and more. It also topped the charts in 30 other countries, including Australia and the UK, though not without controversy over lyrics on the project deemed insensitive and "distasteful" for a reference to a woman suffering from Parkinson's disease in the song "On Sight," as well as titles like "Black Skinhead" and "New Slave."
Of course a new album wasn't the only thing going on in Kanye's life. On June 15, 2013 Kim Kardashian gave birth to the couple's first child, a daughter they named North West. By June the couple had reportedly turned down $3 million for a 'first picture' of the infant, and were also making headlines for ordering bullet-proof, bomb-proof vehicles to tote the child around in.
The one thing Kanye won't be doing is staying home to change dirty diapers. He performed alongside Travi$ Scott in August at the El Ray Theater in Los Angeles, and more tour dates are expected to be announced shortly.
College dropout to monumental success
After more than a decade on the music scene, Kanye West has certainly made a sizable imprint. He has taken home 18 Grammy Awards in several categories, shattered stereotypes and broken new ground for major-label hip hop artists. He has also produced hugely successful albums commercially and critically, both of his own performances and for others.
Kanye Omari West was born in 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia, but grew up in Chicago after his parents divorced. An English major at Chicago State University, where his mother, Donda, chaired the department, West quit school to pursue his music career full-time. He began rapping around The Windy City, then moved to New York in 2001. After his success as a producer for rapper Jay-Z, West went on to produce other stars, including Ludacris and Beyonce. But it was his own work that put Kanye West's name on the map.
West found fame as a solo artist with his debut album, "The College Dropout," released in 2004, which established his style of clever wordplay and sampling. The following year, West followed that success with "Late Registration," again a commercial and critical success, topping the Billboard 200, earning another Grammy and striking gold with the singles "Touch the Sky," "Hey Mama," and "Gold Digger," among others. Everything Kanye West touches seems to succeed, and his albums "Graduation," "808s and Heartbreak," and "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" have continued his trend of critical and commercial success.
On October 28, 2011 West teamed up with Jay-Z to tour under the moniker "Throne." The hip-hop supergroup crisscrossed North America on a 34-date Live Nation-produced run in support of their joint LP. The tour grossed $48.3 million on its North American leg, making it the highest-grossing hip-hop tour of the year.
West's next studio album is the highly anticipated "Yeezus."
Kanye West Discography
|Album name||Release date|
|All of the Lights||2011|
|Marvin & Chardonnay||2011|
|Watch the Throne||2011|
|Don't Look Down||2010|
|Christian Dior Denim Flow||2010|
|Looking for Trouble||2010|
|Devil in a New Dress||2010|
|Christmas in Harlem||2010|
|My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy||2010|
|Lord Lord Lord||2010|
|See Me Now||2010|
|Runaway Love (remix)||2010|
|Take One for the Team||2010|
|Air Yeezy (Presented by Tapemasters Inc.)||2009|
|G.O.O.D. Morning, G.O.O.D. Night: Dusk||2009|
|Pro Nails Super High Shine EP||2008|
|808s & Heartbreak||2008|
|Sky High: Presented by DJ Benzi and Plain Pat||2008|
|Love Lockdown (Essential 5 EP)||2008|
|Classic (Better Than I've Ever Been)||2007|
|Graduation "Bonus Tracks, Remixes, Unreleased" EP||2007|
|Mick Boogie, Terry Urban and 9th Wonder: The Graduate||2007|
|Can't Tell Me Nothing: The Official Mixtape||2007|
|Freshmen Adjustment, Volume 3||2007|
|Touch the Sky||2006|
|Freshmen Adjustment, Volume 2||2006|
|Wake Up Mr. West||2006|
|Gold Digger (High Contrast remix)||2006|
|College Dropout: Video Anthology (bonus disc)||2005|
|Heard Em Say / Touch the Sky||2005|
|Heard 'em Say||2005|
|Diamonds From Sierra Leone||2005|
|Through the Wire||2004|
|The College Dropout||2004|
|All Falls Down||2004|
|Unreleased Joints, Volume 4||2004|
|The College Dropout Mixtape||2003|
|Chi Town Classic, Volume 2||2003|
Top 10 Kanye West Songs
|Rank||Track Name||Play Count||Listener Count|
|1||All of the Lights||470,530||139,427|
|6||Can't Tell Me Nothing||193,237||71,947|
|8||All of the Lights (interlude)||156,868||62,551|
|9||Hell of a Life||161,195||60,434|
|10||Who Will Survive in America||119,420||51,520|
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date city state venue 02/08/2015 Los Angeles CA Staples Center
Kanye West Tour Dates 2014
date city state venue 10/24/2014 Las Vegas NV Downtown Las Vegas 10/24/2014 Las Vegas NV Downtown Las Vegas 09/15/2014 Brisbane Qld Brisbane Entertainment Centre 09/13/2014 Sydney New South Wales Sydney Entertainment Centre 09/12/2014 Sydney New South Wales Sydney Entertainment Centre 09/10/2014 Melbourne Vic Rod Laver Arena 09/09/2014 Melbourne Vic Rod Laver Arena 09/05/2014 Perth WA Perth Arena 08/31/2014 Los Angeles CA Grand Park 08/31/2014 Los Angeles Los Angeles Grand Park 08/30/2014 Philadelphia PA Ben Franklin Parkway 08/30/2014 Philadelphia PA Ben Franklin Parkway 08/08/2014 San Francisco CA Golden Gate Park 07/06/2014 Birmingham Perry Park 07/05/2014 London London Finsbury Park 07/04/2014 London London Finsbury Park 07/04/2014 Birmingham Perry Park 07/02/2014 Dublin D Marlay Park 07/01/2014 Berlin BE O2 World 06/24/2014 Cologne NW Lanxess Arena 06/23/2014 Frankfurt HE Festhalle Frankfurt 06/21/2014 Montpellier Herault Park & Suites Arena 06/13/2014 Manchester TN Manchester Farm 06/06/2014 Austin TX Austin360 Amphitheater 05/09/2014 Brisbane Qld Brisbane Entertainment Centre 05/07/2014 Melbourne Vic Rod Laver Arena 05/06/2014 Melbourne Vic Rod Laver Arena 05/04/2014 Hindmarsh SA Adelaide Entertainment Centre 05/02/2014 Perth WA Perth Arena 03/11/2014 Austin TX ACL Live At The Moody Theater 02/23/2014 Uniondale NY Nassau Coliseum 02/22/2014 Atlantic City NJ Boardwalk Hall 02/21/2014 Uncasville CT Mohegan Sun Arena 02/19/2014 Albany NY Times Union Center 02/18/2014 Hamilton ON FirstOntario Centre 02/17/2014 Montreal QC Bell Centre 02/15/2014 Newark NJ Prudential Center 02/14/2014 Baltimore MD Royal Farms Arena 02/13/2014 University Park PA Bryce Jordan Center
Kanye West Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 12/23/2013 Toronto ON Air Canada Centre 12/22/2013 Toronto ON Air Canada Centre 12/19/2013 Auburn Hills MI The Palace of Auburn Hills 12/18/2013 Chicago IL United Center 12/17/2013 Chicago IL United Center 12/17/2013 Chicago IL United Center 12/13/2013 Anaheim CA Honda Center 12/10/2013 Phoenix AZ US Airways Center 12/08/2013 San Antonio TX AT&T Center 12/07/2013 Houston TX Toyota Center 12/06/2013 Dallas TX American Airlines Center 12/05/2013 New Orleans LA Smoothie King Center 12/03/2013 Kansas City MO Sprint Center 12/02/2013 Saint Louis MO Scottrade Center 12/01/2013 Atlanta GA Philips Arena 11/30/2013 Tampa FL Amalie Arena 11/29/2013 Miami FL American Airlines Arena 11/27/2013 Nashville TN Bridgestone Arena 11/24/2013 New York NY Madison Square Garden 11/23/2013 New York NY Madison Square Garden 11/21/2013 Washington DC Verizon Center 11/20/2013 Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 11/19/2013 Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 11/17/2013 Boston MA TD Garden 11/16/2013 Philadelphia PA Wells Fargo Center 11/14/2013 Montreal QC Bell Centre 11/13/2013 Toronto ON Air Canada Centre 11/12/2013 Toronto ON Air Canada Centre 11/10/2013 Auburn Hills MI The Palace of Auburn Hills 11/09/2013 Chicago IL United Center 11/05/2013 Minneapolis MN Target Center 11/01/2013 Anaheim CA Honda Center 10/28/2013 Los Angeles CA Staples Center 10/26/2013 Los Angeles CA Staples Center 10/25/2013 Las Vegas NV MGM Grand Garden Arena 10/23/2013 Oakland CA Oracle Arena 10/22/2013 San Jose CA SAP Center 10/20/2013 Vancouver BC Rogers Arena 10/19/2013 Seattle WA Key Arena 08/25/2013 Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 06/09/2013 New York NY Randalls Island 06/07/2013 New York NY Randalls Island 03/01/2013 London Lnd Eventim Apollo 02/28/2013 Amsterdam Nhl Heineken Music Hall 02/27/2013 Brussels Bru Vorst Nationaal NV 02/25/2013 Paris Ile Zenith de Paris 02/24/2013 London Lnd Eventim Apollo 02/23/2013 London Lnd Eventim Apollo
Kanye West Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 12/30/2012 Atlantic City NJ Revel Resort and Casino 12/29/2012 Atlantic City NJ Revel Resort and Casino 12/28/2012 Atlantic City NJ Revel Resort and Casino 12/12/2012 New York NY Madison Square Garden 12/08/2012 Miami FL Klipsch Amphitheatre At Bayfront Park 07/07/2012 Atlantic City NJ Revel Resort and Casino 07/06/2012 Atlantic City NJ Revel Resort and Casino 06/11/2012 Manchester Lancashire Manchester Arena 06/08/2012 Dublin D The O2 - Dublin 06/02/2012 Paris Ville De Paris Palais Omnisports 05/24/2012 Zurich ZH Hallenstadion
Kanye West Tour Dates 2011
date city state venue 12/18/2011 Vancouver BC Rogers Arena 12/17/2011 Vancouver BC Rogers Arena 12/16/2011 Tacoma WA Tacoma Dome 12/14/2011 San Jose CA SAP Center 12/13/2011 Los Angeles CA Staples Center 12/12/2011 Los Angeles CA Staples Center 12/11/2011 Los Angeles CA Staples Center 12/09/2011 Las Vegas NV MGM Grand Garden Arena 12/06/2011 Dallas TX American Airlines Center 12/05/2011 Houston TX Toyota Center 12/03/2011 New Orleans LA Smoothie King Center 12/01/2011 Chicago IL United Center 11/30/2011 Chicago IL United Center 11/29/2011 Kansas City MO Sprint Center 11/27/2011 Pittsburgh PA Consol Energy Center 11/26/2011 Auburn Hills MI The Palace of Auburn Hills 11/24/2011 Toronto ON Air Canada Centre 11/23/2011 Toronto ON Air Canada Centre 11/22/2011 Montreal QC Bell Centre 11/21/2011 Boston MA TD Garden 11/19/2011 Atlantic City NJ Boardwalk Hall 11/18/2011 Uncasville CT Mohegan Sun Arena 11/15/2011 Miami FL American Airlines Arena 11/14/2011 Sunrise FL BB&T Center 11/08/2011 New York NY Madison Square Garden 11/07/2011 New York NY Madison Square Garden 11/06/2011 East Rutherford NJ Izod Center 11/05/2011 East Rutherford NJ Izod Center 11/03/2011 Washington DC Verizon Center 11/02/2011 Philadelphia PA Wells Fargo Center 11/01/2011 Baltimore MD Royal Farms Arena 10/30/2011 Greensboro NC Greensboro Coliseum 10/29/2011 Atlanta GA Philips Arena 10/28/2011 Atlanta GA Philips Arena 09/16/2011 Austin TX Zilker Park 09/16/2011 Austin TX Zilker Park 07/02/2011 New Orleans LA Mercedes-Benz Superdome 06/30/2011 Milwaukee WI Marcus Amphitheater 04/17/2011 Indio CA Empire Polo Field 04/15/2011 Indio CA Empire Polo Field
Kanye West Tour Dates 2010
date city state venue 11/23/2010 New York NY Bowery Ballroom