News: Kanye West Expands World Tour W/ Latest Announcement

Monday, Mar 30, 2009 2:30PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West has been chosen to perform at Denmark's Roskilde Festival this summer.

Ye will make his return to the renowned venue in early July.

West will perform his commercially successful synth-pop and R&B-infused tunes at one of Europe's biggest annual summer music events. The show's organizers are thrilled to provide concert goers with an opportunity to see one of contemporary hip-hop phenomenon perform live on the Orange Stage. He was added to the festival line-up alongside Eagles of Death Metal, Oh No Ono and Peter Sommer. This year's festival runs from July 2-5. (All Headline News)

Roskilde is known for drawing in large crowds of music fans.

Every year in July 170 bands play for around 80.000 visitors in Roskilde. Even though Roskilde is among the oldest is rock festivals of the world, Roskilde is well known for constant development presenting a mix of well establish music names and new talents. In 2007 the festival presented: Beastie Boys, Bjork, Muse, Queens of the Stone Age, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tiesto and The Who. (Erantis)

The festival will be one of many stops for Ye as he launches an international tour for his 808s & Heartbreak album following last summer's "Glow in the Dark" tour.

"I get bored with stuff," West said. "The last one was done because I didn't feel like doing a rap show, because of all I was going through in my life. All I felt like was playing with 'Star Wars' (toys) and being Luke Skywalker. So I figured you know, 'I'll do a rap show if I can just be like Luke Skywalker every night.' And so I just wrote my own sci-fi and played in it." Expect new theatrical ideas when West takes to the road this summer. West will launch a European tour featuring his latest album, 808s & Heartbreak, in July and expects the tour to hit the United States by fall. (Associated Press)

Ye is also reportedly preparing the book release of Kanye West: Glow in the Dark, which will serve as a guide to his international travels.

Tentatively scheduled for an October 2009 release, it will chronicle Kanye's journeys around the world as he tours and hits up fashionparties. Photographer Nabil Elderkin also captured himshopping in Asian malls. The book will come with a USB drive of previously unreleased music and will cost $50. (New York Magazine)

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