For Saint Pablo, his first North American tour in three years, Kanye West will visit 40 cities (Aug. 25-Oct. 29), performing at New York’s Madison Square Garden and the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. “We’re just working on some of the ideas right now,” he said in May of potential formats. “I’m trying to literally inspire these kids the way Disney inspired me.”
During his 2013 Yeezus outing, West rocked bejeweled masks and custom Maison Margiela ensembles. This go-round, expect pieces from Yeezy Season 3cq; this is the name of the fashion line (including “I Feel Like Pablo” gear) and maybe a sneak peek at pieces from his forthcoming Adidas athleisure line.
No word yet on set lists, but it’s reasonable to expect picks from West’s The Life of Pablo: The Tidal exclusive arrived in February with 19 new tracks, and the 20th, which was added in June, is the tour’s namesake. The LP’s credits list could hint at potential guest stars in their home cities — like Desiigner in New York and Chance the Rapper in Chicago. — Adelle Platon?
Edge Of Glory
Gaga’s Little Monsters have been waiting for a new album (one without Tony Bennett, at least) since 2013’s Artpop. In January, the singer promised that the project would arrive within the year, and she recently announced “Perfect Illusion,” a dancefloor-ready first single that Gaga has called a “sweet, simple, ragey” song about “modern ecstasy.”
On social media, Gaga has hinted at unexpected partnerships; for instance, with Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker and Mark Ronson, who co-produced “Perfect Illusion” with Gaga at Malibu’s Shangri-La Studios. Ronson has called the album as a whole “a very honest, authentic, kind of analog record.”
The as-yet-untitled album (known to fans as #LG5) will have more “clarity,” says Gaga, than Artpop. “Now I’m thinking more about what it is I want to say and what I want to leave on Earth. It’s less an expression of all my pain.” — Natalie Weiner
Fastest Girl In Town
The two years since the release of Platinum have been tumultuous for the country queen, who divorced Blake Shelton in 2015, but that hasn’t slowed her down. No release date has been set, but the strong debut of recent single “Vice” (at No. 2 on the Hot Country Songs chart) bodes well for a new album in 2016. Nashville sources say that the album is recorded but still needs to be mixed and mastered, and to expect a fall release.
Fans shouldn’t rule out the possibility of a breakup album, given how Lambert has described the project thus far. “What I happened to be going through in my life, being honest was never really a choice,” she told Billboard. “Everybody knew anyway. So I just said, ‘I’m going to journal it, and — good days and bad days — use it for my art.’ “
Lambert co-wrote “Vice” with country radio stalwarts Shane McAnally and Josh Osbourne, and they’re hardly the only hitmakers potentially filling the liner notes. Recent additions to Lambert’s BMI résumé include a number of co-writes with longtime collaborator Natalie Hemby, as well as two with new beau Anderson East: “Getaway Driver” and “Well Rested.” — Natalie Weiner
Unorthodox Schedule Since the late-2012 release of Unorthodox Jukebox, the 30-year-old singer has performed at two Super Bowls, sung at a fake wedding (the new ballad “Rest of My Life” on the season-two finale of The CW’s Jane the Virgin in May) and collaborated with Mark Ronson on “Uptown Funk!,” which tied for the Billboard Hot 100’s second-longest-leading No. 1 of all time. Mars promised fans, “Im on it” on Twitter in July; reports suggest the record should come out this fall.
Electric Feel Mega-producer Skrillex has spoken about hitting the studio with Mars, telling Billboard the project is “so f–ing different” and “sounds like nothing else that’s happened before.”
Burning It Up Missy Elliott posted selfies with Mars in the studio earlier this year, captioning the pics, “He played me some [fire emoji] ass songs 4 his album… Whewwww.” — Natalie Weiner