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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.

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