Despite igniting a memorable performance for the 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy relief benefit concert last week, rap star Kanye West is reportedly missing from the event’s live album.
According to reports, Yeezy is completely absent from the new benefit compilation.
Kanye West may have been the only male performer who was wearing a skirt at the 12-12-12 Concert for Hurricane Sandy relief last week, but that probably isn’t the reason why he’s the only musical performer not featured on the album of the event. Even special guests Michael Stipe, Eddie Vedder and comic Adam Sandler are represented. Representatives for West, his label, and Clear Channel’s John Sykes (who co-produced the concert with Madison Square Garden CEO James Dolan and Weinstein Company co-chairman Harvey Weinstein) had not responded to Billboard’s requests for comment at press time, or declined comment. A representative for Columbia, which is distributing the album, said that the label was unable to comment on the track listing. (Billboard)
Various reasons for his absence have surfaced ranging from Ye not wanting to appear on the album to issues with sample clearances.
A different source told Billboard that the decision not to participate came from West’s camp, but was not able to clarify whether that was for personal, legal or other reasons. Two other sources speculated that given West’s perfectionism where his music is concerned, it’s likely that he wasn’t happy with the performance. It’s possible that the format of West’s performance — a long 13-song medley with multiple samples — caused legal challenges that couldn’t be resolved in time to make the digital release date, but a publishing source said that probably was not the case, given the scale of the project. (Billboard)
Despite lacking Yeezy, the project features R&B singer Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, The Rolling Stones and more.
1. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band- “Land of Hope and Dreams” 2. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – “Wrecking Ball” 3. Roger Waters – “Another Brick In The Atlantic Wall Part I, II & III” 4. Roger Waters – “Us and Them” 5. Roger Waters feat. Eddie Vedder- “Comfortably Numb” 6. Adam Sandler and Paul Shaffer – “Hallelujah (Sandy Relief Version)” 7. Bon Jovi – “It’s My Life” 8. Bon Jovi – “Wanted Dead Or Alive” 9. Eric Clapton – “Got To Be Better In A Little While” 10. Eric Clapton – “Crossroads” 11. The Rolling Stones – “You Got Me Rocking” 12. The Rolling Stones – “Jumpin Jack Flash” 13. Alicia Keys – “No One” 14. The Who – “Who Are You” 15. The Who – “Baba O’Reilly” 16. The Who – “Love Reign O’er Me” 17. Billy Joel – “Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway)” 18. Billy Joel – “Moving Out (Anthony’s Song)” 19. Billy Joel – “You May Be Right” 20. Chris Martin – “Viva La Vida 21. Chris Martin feat. Michael Stipe – “Losing My Religion” 22. Chris Martin – “Us Against The World” 23. Paul McCartney – “Helter Skelter” 24. Alicia Keys – “Empire State Of Mind” (12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief)
Based on one-day estimates, the compilation is expected to sell over 120,000 copies digitally.
YOUR ONE-DAYS: New week, same chart champ. The unstoppable force of nature known as Taylor Swift should remain at #1 next week, with Michael Bublé‘s resurgent Christmas album and Trouble Man by hip-hop hero T.I. vying for runner-up. Here’s how the week’s key debuts are shaping up: T.I. (Grand Hustle/Atlantic) 150-175k, 12/12/12: The Concert for Sandy Relief (Columbia) 125-150k Chief Keef (Interscope) 50-55k (HITS Daily Double)