News Driven: Kanye West released his latest album "Jesus Is King" on Friday after a series of long delays – to the last minute – to tweak his songs and mixes before
- Despite the West's midnight deadline, the album was finally completed at 4am ET so it could go online by noon for West End Contributor .
- ] These changes occurred despite the fact that West has released an IMAX movie based on the album and has been hosting listening parties in New York, DC and Los Angeles over the past month for thousands of people.
Game Status: This is not the first time West has experienced zero hour pressure on his art. He went so far as to significantly edit his work, having already been released, calling his 201
- Many of the changes in the West are purely creative but vary in scope. Some of Pablo's tracks saw only minor changes – like added background vocals – while others received completely updated production and new lyrics. (XXL has a complete list.)
- But some of his changes came as a result of legal threats, such as an unlicensed sample that was removed from his 2018 album "ye" five months after its release. Of course, this album also got a "clean" mix, according to his engineer.
Big Picture: While West is certainly the biggest offender when it comes to editing his music after the fact, Taylor Swift also came into play this year. Her return single "MO!" it included a talking line ("Hey, kids, spelling is fun!") that was widely mocked online – and mysteriously disappeared from the song's version of the album.
- Creators who engage in post-release publishing are not a problem that strays solely from the music world. Star Wars fans have been lurking for decades to see the theatrical cut of the original 1977 movie, despite George Lucas' belief that his 1997 Special Edition – with revised scenes and CGI added – is the canonical version . Bottom line: The ability to instantly edit music after it's release can be used in ways we can't expect in the future – perhaps by clearing controversial lyrics or deleting a band member's contribution.
- As the original versions are wiped out by streaming services, accelerating this trend may make fans aware – who may come to demand perfection or just want the music they know and love back.
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