Et Cetera: Frank Ocean, Kanye West, Lil Kim, Tame Impala, LUH

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You saw all the other stuff. There’s what else happened today. 

Frank Ocean Producer Malay Addresses New Album

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Frank Ocean producer Malay has addressed Frank’s still-missing new album Boys Don’t Cry (if it’s even still called that), in a new interview with Pitchfork.

Key points:

A lot of the stuff on this new album was done with a handheld mic sitting in the control room. Frank's exploring different vibes completely on this album. I wouldn’t say it's vocally looser but just his mentality; it doesn’t seem as meticulous at certain times.

[...] I always tell people: When he’s ready, the world is gonna get it. It could be tomorrow… well not tomorrow but maybe a month [laughs]. We’ve all been working hard. He’s been working super hard. I feel like he’s working harder than he’s ever worked in his life. I’m excited for everyone to hear it. I think people are going to be pleasantly surprised, for sure.

TIDAL Releases Kanye’s Streaming Figures for The Life of Pablo... and They’re Massive

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TIDAL has finally shed some light on just how big The Life of Pablo really is. We know it instantly went gold on The Pirate Bay, but what do the legit numbers look like? Billboard, by way of TIDAL, is reporting that TLOP tracks were streamed 250 million times in the album’s first 10 days. Considering the album was 18-tracks during those 10 days, the album was potentially heard nearly 14 million times in that period. 

If the RIAA confirms this figure, that amounts to nearly 167,000 TEA (track equivalent album) sales. Accord to industry pundits, had TLOP been released traditionally, it could have sold as much as 400,000 copies in its first week. Clearly, streaming isn’t where the profit’s at, but don’t feel bad for Yeezu though: he might’ve made $1 million from his recent Pablo pop-up shop in NYC. 

Lil Kim Drops Lil Kim Season Mixtape

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Lil Kim has returned with a new mixtape featuring the rapper going in over popular songs like Drake’s “Summer Sixteen”, Rihanna’s “Work”, and Desiigner’s “Panda”. Listen below, download here.

Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker Remixes GUM’s “Anesthetized Lesson”

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Overachiever Jay Watson, member of Tame Impala and Pond, has another side-project called GUM and today, Tame Impala braintrust Kevin Parker has remixed his 2015 single “Anesthetized Lesson”. 

“While I was recording the album I was listening to a lot of dance music and while it was a big influence, my mixing of the album didn’t really reflect that,” Watson said in the press release. “When Kev offered to do a remix of ‘Anesthetized Lesson’ I jumped at the chance because I knew he could make it sound wild. He didn’t let me down!”

Listen:

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Luh (Ex-Wu Lyf) Share “Beneath the Concrete”

Key Wu-Lyf members Ellery James Roberts and Ebony Hoorn are releasing an album under the name Luh on May 6. The album, Spiritual Songs for Lovers to Sing, was produced by The Haxan Cloak, the British producer best known for co-producing the song “Family” from Björk’s Vulnicura. They’ve released two singles so far: “I&I” was released in February, and today we get “Beneath the Concrete”. Listen below:

The album trailer: