Thursday, May 30, 2024

Music News: Kanye West Never Dropped “Jesus is King” Album Last Night, Movie is Out But Not in Any Black Neighborhoods




UPDATE (skeptical)


Well, well.

Kanye West’s promise to drop (er, release) his new album, “Jesus is King,” last night has not materialized into anything.

“JiK” was supposed to be released a few weeks ago. There was a big ballyhoo, then nada. Then the date was switched to October 25th. Kanye showed a thirty minute movie with the same name on Wednesday in Los Angeles, of gospel singers performing in a art project crater. The album was supposed to follow.

Last night I watched on Twitter while Kanye’s fans had a meltdown. Finally he Tweeted: “To my fans Thank you for being loyal & patient We are specifically fixing mixes on “Everything We Need” “Follow God” & “Water”     We not going to sleep until this album is out!”

That was about 1:30am Pacific time. This is a gospel album, supposedly. “Pet Sounds” didn’t take this long.

Meantime, the short film “Jesus is King” is only playing in IMAX theaters including three in Manhattan. But none of them are in Harlem, where there are a number of gospel churches. It’s the same in Los Angeles, where the movie isn’t playing in black neighborhoods but in Hollywood, Burbank, Woodland Hills, and Universal City. In Chicago, there are no shows in the inner city, and in Detroit, the movie is playing in one theater across from the Henry Ford Museum. (Are there no IMAX theaters in black neighborhoods? That’s pretty bad.)

Tickets for the 35 minute movie are the same price as a regular feature: $12.59, for example, in Skokie, Illinois.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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