Kanye West’s record label G.O.O.D. Music has signed a worldwide deal with major label Island Def Jam. The first album to benefit from the collaborative effort is Big Sean’s new disc, Finally Famous, which comes out today.
Steve Bartels, President & COO of Island Def Jam, said of the partnership, “Kanye’s genius has been proven time and time again on records and onstage. He not only pours it out for himself, but he has made the difference with his presence on innumerable projects with other artists who are indebted to him. Kanye is an integral core member of the IDJ family, and G.O.O.D. Music continues his unselfish tradition of bringing along great new artists to the forefront.”
Chairman & CEO of Universal Motown Republic and Island Def Jam, Barry Weiss, added, “As a recording artist and a producer over the past eight years, there is no one who has made a greater impression on the game than Kanye. We look forward to working closely with the new and established artists that he will be bringing to G.O.O.D. Music, which is already off to an impressive start with Big Sean.”
Are you ready for a new Justin Bieber album? It sounds like the young pop star has begun considering his next album and is already thinking about what it might entail.
Bieber told MTV News he hopes to focus on penning tracks himself, especially after doing so many collaborations. “I want to work a lot with myself,” he said. “And [I want to] write a lot myself. I will be working with a lot of other producers and stuff like that, but I’m just writing a lot, writing on tour.”
He added, “[I'm] writing about how I feel and producing. I’ve been producing on my laptop and on my computer. I’ve been really into it and, hopefully, this next album will be huge.”
Check out our list of today’s new music added to Myspace, and other hot new releases hitting the streets. And be sure to check out our New Music Tuesday playlist featuring the best of today’s new jams.
Featured Album Releases:
Selena Gomez & The Scene- When The Sun Goes Down– Bieber’s better half is a multi-threat: actress, singer and entrepreneur. This time she’s flexing her music muscles, armed with her band, the Scene, as she drops the follow-up to last year’s gold album, A Year Without Rain. It’s Selena Gomez’s new album When The Sun Goes Down.
Beyonce- 4 – Now that’s she’s let go of her alter-ego, Sasha Fierce, B’s showcasing her best asset: that incredible voice. While first single “Run The World (Girls)” is the only true club-thrasher, it’s her sensuous ballads amid a healthy dose of soul that makes you remember why you first fell for her.
Taking Back Sunday- Taking Back Sunday- When original band members John Nolan and Shaun Cooper returned to the NYC emo crew last year, fans were instantly clamoring to hear new material from the same lineup that produced 2002’s classic LP Tell All Your Friends. Wait no longer. It’s Taking Back Sunday’s eponymous album.
Big Sean- Finally Famous- Six years ago, Sean Anderson, aka Big Sean, was discovered at a Detroit radio station by none other than Kanye West. After being signed to Ye’s G.O.O.D. Music, dropping several mixtapes and building up a hardcore fanbase along the way, Sean finally drops his major-label debut. Check it out.
Big Sean has recited his fairy-tale story so many times — the one where a young Detroit MC forces his way into a local radio station in 2005 after hearing Kanye West is there, gets the multi-platinum rapper to listen to him spit a few bars, is eventually signed to West’s label, G.O.O.D. Music, and now, six years later, is releasing his debut LP Finally Famous— the magnitude of it all has to occasionally get lost on him. But not today. Not right now.
On this San Francisco afternoon, taking a break from his nationwide tour with Wiz Khalifa, finally done being bludgeoned with a barrage of questions from reporters and fans, the 23-year-old rapper, born Sean Michael Anderson, is having a moment. And a self-reflective one at that. “It’s crazy man,” Sean says, thinking back on the rollercoaster ride that’s been his life for the past six years. “It’s crazy how much life can change in such a short amount of time.”
While you’re busy checking out all the new music that dropped today, it never hurts to take a peek back at what happened this week in year’s past. Say, for instance, did you know that this week in 1971, “The Lizard King” Jim Morrison (pictured above) passed away? Or that this week in 1992, Sir Mix-A-Lot went to Number One? Take a trip back in time and revisit all (good and bad) that’s happened in music during this week.
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