Friday, May 24, 2024

Kanye West Has Listening Party for New Album, Chants That He’s an “Anti-semite,” Says The Weeknd’s Label Won’t Approve Participation


Kanye West did not drop his new album, “Vultures,” last night. It’s not a surprise, frankly, and just as well.

The avowed antisemite and Hitler admirer should be shunned, away. I’m amazed anyone wants to hear what he has to say beyond what he’s already said. All his sponsors and business partners have dropped him because of it.

In Chicago last night, West filled up an arena for a listening party for “Vultures.” It didn’t start until 10pm. According to some reports, the live stream — which could be purchased for $19.99 — was cut off when West chanted “I’m still crazy, bipolar, antisemite, and I’m still the King.”

A post from West on X, taken from a deleted text he shared, claimed he couldn’t release the album because “Abel’s label” — meaning Universal, which distributes The Weeknd — wouldn’t approve their artist’s participation.

Tonight, West moves the circus to the UBS Arena near Belmont Park here in New York. According to Ticketmaster, there thousands of seats available.

PS Kudos to Kim Kardashian for letting her daughter, North, participate in this chaos.

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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