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Two years after getting a $100 million commitment from 21st Century Fox to build a mobile-based live streaming platform that could compete with Twitch, the startup Caffeine has scored another coup by partnering with the biggest name in music — Drake.

With buying power of Fox Sports, a Murdoch on the board (Lachlan), and an exclusive contract with Drake, Caffeine is hoping to take its streaming service beyond gamers and sports and become the platform for live streaming entertainment of all stripes.

“The combination of the Caffeine platform with a content studio that benefits from Fox Sports’ expertise in live events and programming will help position Caffeine to deliver compelling experiences in esports, video gaming and entertainment,” said Lachlan Murdoch, in a 2018 statement. “We are excited to partner with Caffeine and build something special for fans in the growing live social streaming esports and gaming space.”

The multi-year collaboration with Drake, terms of which were not disclosed, will debut with the launch of Ultimate Rap League, a battle rap platform which was distributed on its own app as well as through YouTube.

As part of the deal Caffeine will live stream and co-produce new rap battles alongside Ultimate Rap League. It’s the first property that Drake ad Caffeine are jointly bringing to market and presages other live events and content that Drake will shepherd to production, the company said.

“I’ve always loved URL and admired what Smack and his team have been able to create, it just wasn’t accessible. It’s exciting to be in a position where I’m able to bring Caffeine to the table and help provide URL with the tools they need to elevate the viewing experience and make it more accessible to fans,” said Drake in a statement.

Drake has a history with SmackURL. He was called out to battle rap on the platform back in 2015, but declined to show.

Initially created by Troy “Smack White” Mitchell as an event series in New York’s Queens borough, home of hip-hop artists Nas, Run-DMC, LL Cool J, Mobb Deep, and A Tribe called Quest, the Ultimate Rap League boasts a roster of boosters including Busta Rhymes, Q-Tip, Joe Budden, Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel, Kid Capre, Lupe Fiasco, Mos Def and Method Man. 

“We are proud to partner with Drake and support him as he brings his vision and channel to life,” said Ben Keighran, Caffeine’s founder and chief executive, in a statement. “As a platform, Caffeine gives Drake the freedom to pursue his creative ideas and we are excited about the whole slate of fresh content that he will share with his communities.”

Keighran, a former wunderkind product designer at Apple, has grounded Caffeine’s pitch in the technology that the company has developed from its Silicon Valley headquarters to stream live video. The company boasts that its streams are 15 seconds to a minute faster than other streaming platforms. In addition, the company prides itself on its moderation technologies and use of human moderators to ensure a zero-tolerance policy for bullying, hate speech and racism, the company said.

Caffeine bases its appeal to artists on a revenue share model that is more generous than other streaming platforms like Twitch or Mixer — a model based on in-app purchases and tipping.

Drake may be the biggest artist to join the Caffeine platform, but he’s far from the only one. The company’s roster of talent includes the musicians Offset and Doja Cat, athletes like JuJu Smith-Schuster, Collin Sexton, and Kyle Kuzma and gamers including Cartoonz, Ohmwrecker and Crainer.

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The tiny literary genre has only a few entries but the most accomplished rap memoirs offer insight into worlds that are unimaginable to most

When Gucci Mane announced that hed written a memoir called The Autobiography of Gucci Mane last week, he joined a small but charming offshoot of the literary canon: the hip-hop autobiography. The genre is full of fascinating people, many of whom have used their intelligence and drive to overcome the sorts of economic and social inequalities that a sizable portion of their fanbases cant begin to fathom. At their best, hip-hop memoirs function both as windows into the creative world of incredibly talented individuals, as well as reflections upon the communities that America has left behind. But needless to say, for every frank and thoughtful book like Scarfaces Diary of a Madman, there is one like Kanye Wests Thank You And Youre Welcome, a 52-page collection of Kanye-isms thats so laughably pointless that perhaps even Yeezy himself would rather you forget it. What follows is a selection of the best or at least most fascinating entries into the hip-hop literary canon.

DJ Khaled: The Keys

DJ Khaleds evolution from Miami pirate radio DJ into the PT Barnum of hip-hop is a testament to possessing the correct combination of charisma, a penchant for self-promotion and a borderline delusional belief in your inherent right to fame and fortune. The Keys is structured as half memoir, half self-help manual, combining Khaleds signature catchphrases (Secure the bag! You played yourself!) with anecdotes from his life to produce a series of parables aka Keys which teach the reader how they, too, can overcome haters and live a life stuffed to the gills with successes, wins and other nonspecific manifestations of achievement. The ultimate key, it seems, is that you can sell anything in DJ Khaleds world even a book! as long as you remember the only product worth pitching in our late-capitalist technocratic dystopia is yourself.

The RZA: The Wu-Tang Manual

Part of the fun of being a Wu-Tang fan is they are a hip-hop subgenre unto themselves. Between the Staten Island groups six albums (seven, if you count Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, the only copy of which is owned by late-capitalist villain Martin Shkreli) and the myriad projects released by individual Wu members and their affiliates, the Wu-Tang Clan have created a hermetically sealed world characterized by dense thickets of slang drawing from martial arts culture, chess, comic books, the New York criminal underworld and the teachings of the Five-Percent Nation. You literally need a textbook to understand it all. Fortunately, thats exactly what Wu mastermind RZA and journalist Chris Norris created in The Wu-Tang Manual, breaking down the geography, media, philosophies and unique language that combined to shape the wonderful, weird world of Wu.

Prodigy of Mobb Deep: My Infamous Life

In addition to being half of the legendary duo Mobb Deep and a hip-hop trendsetter par excellence, the rapper Prodigy is an undeniably tragic figure. He was born into a family that included notable jazz musicians, singers, dancers and academics his grandfather was famed saxophonist Budd Johnson, and his great-great grandfather founded Morehouse College and while Mobb Deep albums, such as The Infamous and Hell on Earth, more than live up to his familys musical legacy, Prodigys most fruitful creative years were fraught with violence, drug abuse, missed opportunities, pointless beefs and straight-up mistakes. My Infamous Life is at its best when it details a New York hip-hop scene in which the line separating the studio and the streets was often porous to the point of nonexistence Prodigys rhyme partner Havoc accidentally shot the record executive who they were trying to get to sign them, and Mobb Deep once booked a show with a rival rap crew because it gave them an opportunity to beat up one of the rappers. The rapper wrote My Infamous Life with the assistance of journalist Laura Checkoway while incarcerated on a gun charge, and the book very much functions as a hip-hop tell-all, candid in its disclosures and casual about the harrowing situations the author often found himself in.

Jay Z: Decoded

Few rappers are as publicly successful and privately enigmatic as Jay Z, whose 2010 book Decoded functions as part memoir, part critical self-analysis, detailing the experiences that shaped his music. Decoded shines brightest when Jay turns his eye to his own lyrics, unpacking the sly profundity underpinning his writing and in the process making the case for hip-hop as a capital-A art form. Given Jays on-record precision as well as the presence of co-author Dream Hampton, one of the all-time great hip-hop journalists its unsurprising that Decodeds prose is in a class above most other books in its category. While Jay is generous when it comes to using his unique, astute perspective to comment on race and class in America, there are some topics his relationship with Beyonc most prominent among them that he glosses over or avoids altogether, creating the same sense of curated intimacy found in his music. Still, when it comes to rap autobiographies, Decoded just might be the gold standard.

Violent J of Insane Clown Posse: Behind the Paint

Jay Zs Decoded is a great book in part because its a nuanced, well-written work of literature thats mysterious and guarded in all the right ways. Violent Js Behind the Paint is the exact opposite. While Decoded is very clearly the product of tireless writing, revising and editing, Behind the Paint reads like the profanity-laced ramblings of Violent J, who literally starts the book with his first memory and doesnt let up for 600 pages. But for all its goofiness, Behind the Paint is legitimately fascinating. Violent J is unflinching when delving into the poverty, violence and abuse that defined his impossibly bleak childhood in Detroit. He writes of his birth father stealing the familys life savings out of his mothers hand, having been sexually abused by his stepfather, and reveals that before Insane Clown Posse was a rap crew, they were simply a gang. He also writes of the absurd, borderline Sisyphean efforts required of all musicians hoping to make it big with remarkable candor and cheer. I refuse just to talk about the happy parts of ICP, he writes while discussing the multiple times he and his bandmate Shaggy 2 Dope burglarized a Kinkos because they couldnt afford to pay to print out flyers. Instead, Id rather dump it all on you.

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It references European decadence, religious iconography and Latin American funeral traditions, painting her as a modern symbol of virtue and authority

Today, on the first day of Black History Month in the US, Beyonc announced on Instagram that shes pregnant and with twins, no less. It was a bright spot on the otherwise grim landscape of the past week and a half in news. The photo is forward-thinking but with traces of historical art traditions from the past conjuring an appealing remix of rococo excesses, Flemish portraiture and Latin American funerary symbols.

In the frame Beyonc is seen kneeling at an altar, cradling her belly with one hand while she keeps the other hand (which, interestingly, doesnt show a wedding ring) posed slightly above. She is shrouded by a nearly sheer, tinted-tulle veil and is wearing satin blue underwear with a subtle, petaly ruffle. Since the medieval period, the Virgin Mary has often been depicted wearing shades of blue, a color used to signify virtue and authority. The bright, cerulean blue background reinforces this association and might even take it a step further.

Behind her glowing, studio-lit body, an enormous floral wreath suggests a sort of halo. The bulbous, super-saturated flowers behind her are hyperbolically lush and incredibly fake, adding a campy edge to the otherwise straightforwardly religious and, it should be noted, hyper-feminine composition.

Photograph: Beyonce/Instagram/PA

Beyonc, the expecting mother, is calm, composed and purposeful; the images tone is celebratory, and yet, as her facial expression indicates, somewhat restrained. The caption accompanying the photo expresses similar restraint: We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes. The Carters

Rococo influences can be seen in both the abundant floral arrangement and the photos overall celebration of love and pleasure. The rococo period began in the late 17th century as a rebellion from the popular baroque style. The aristocratic class commissioned paintings of pastoral scenes with languid lakes, idyllic meadows and joyful children frolicking about. Floral motifs and sinuous shapes abounded, and artists did not shy away from what wouldve been considered scandalous scenes of seduction. Leisure time, in other words, was highly valued, as it demonstrated a familys wealth.

The photo also takes cues from late 15th century Flemish portraiture, when it was popular to depict a subject from a three-quarter angle, often in front of a landscape, and with hands clasped in front. While her hands are certainly not clasped, Beyoncs reassured posture and slight turn of the head to the viewer is remarkably similar to that periods portrait style. And however synthetic its components may be, the surrounding landscape echoes those found in northern European artworks created during the Renaissance period.

In Latin American tradition, particularly in majority Catholic countries, flowers are piled on to graves and used to decorate shrines for loved ones. This image invokes a funerary, which is slightly confusing considering it announces the coming birth of her children. But perhaps Bey is just more in touch with the life cycles life, death, rebirth than us mere mortals. Or maybe its a symbol for her earlier miscarriage, which she called the saddest thing Ive ever been through. While hints of art historical pasts emerge in the details of this shot, we are still left slightly in the dark: why isnt she wearing a ring? Wheres Jay Z? Does it matter?

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Both are to make their first appearances in India at the Global Citizen festival this month, alongside local heroes Tendulkar and Amitabh Bachchan

Jay Z and Coldplay are to share the bill when both play their first ever show in India. The two acts are to appear in Mumbai on 19 November, and the inaugural Indian leg of the Global Citizen festival.

Global Citizen, which is intended to encourage social awareness and activism, has taken place in New York annually since 2012, with Chris Martin as creative director. Both acts have previously played the New York event Jay Z in 2014 and Coldplay in 2015. The festival is free for people who perform various charitable acts.

The Mumbai event hopes to raise money for orphaned children and provide funding for 25 childrens homes in India, via the crowdfunding site Ketto, as well as help fund education programmes in association with the non-profit organisation Miracle Foundation.

Our festival combines music with social causes that have an impact and Miracle Foundation has had a huge impact on vulnerable children, said Global Citizen Indias spokesperson Arnav Sahni. Fuelled by Kettos remarkable crowdfunding platform, we hope to raise money and awareness so the Miracle Foundation can continue to do their inspirational work.

To earn the 30 points necessary to qualify for the draw to win two free tickets, fans have to undertake a variety of mainly online tasks they can reach the target by tweeting their support for a variety of causes.

As well as Coldplay and Jay Z, Demi Lovato will be appearing at the Mumbai festival, along with a score of leading Indian artists and celebrities, including composer AR Rahman, film star Amitabh Bachchan and cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar.

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The rapper will host a Clinton benefit concert at the end of a campaign that has seen musicians from across the spectrum creating anti-Trump protest songs

With the candidates almost neck and neck in the most alarming presidential election in living memory, musicians are making a final push to get out the vote. On Friday night, Jay Z will join Hillary Clinton for a free concert at the Wolstein Center, in Cleveland, Ohio an event thats rumored to also include Beyonc, his wife. With Donald Trump leading polls in Ohio, the Clinton campaign aims to use this superstar power to get millennials to vote. As if in preparation, Jay Z tweeted a quote by Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel earlier this week about the necessity of speaking out at times of emergency, adding: Lets make history (again).

Mr. Carter (@S_C_)

11/4 Cleveland. Let’s make history (again) Thank you to the incredible artist dedicating their time this Friday!

November 2, 2016

Then theres the final stages of 30 Days, 30 Songs, an independent project in support of defeating Trump, which is on its final strait. Created by writer Dave Eggers, the daily, evolving playlist steadily releases new and previously unreleased music from independent musical voices all in favor of a Trump-free America, with proceeds going to the Center for Popular Democracy and its efforts to achieve universal voter registration.

The playlist launched with several big-name releases, including a never-before-released live version of World Leader Pretend by REM; a new Death Cab For Cutie effort called Million Dollar Loan; two Moby collaborations, one with the Homeland Choir (Trump Is on Your Side) and the other with the Void Pacific Choir (Little Failure); plus, most strikingly, a Franz Ferdinand number, Demagogue, that very bluntly takes jabs at Trumps narcissism, hollow promises and ego.

Recently theres been a Bob Mould jam, a live version of his old band Hsker Ds In Free Land. Released in 1982, its sardonic lyrics Why bother spending time/ Reading up on things/ Everybodys an authority/ In a free land resonate even more loudly in the current era of noisy, post-truth politics. Guster singer and guitarist Ryan Miller takes a different tack with a whimsical, circus-themed track titled The Clown. Its lyrics, by Eggers, take in Trumps orange face and cotton candy hair, concluding that the Republican nominee is a wounded little boy, a boy dressed as a man.

The playlist will also include a live rendition of Local Natives track Fountain of Youth, a youth empowerment song that according to the bands vocalist and guitarist Taylor Rice couldnt feel more apt for this moment. On one side of this debate, there is a deep distrust and cynicism, a disregard for the humanity of many. The younger generations know that this is not the world they see.

If music can play even a small role in reminding people to get out there and vote, then we have to do everything we can, says Superchunk singer-guitarist Mac McCaughan, who contributed to a cover of Woody Guthries Old Man Trump. The godfather of the American protest song wrote the number excoriating Trumps father Fred for his reluctance to rent houses to African Americans. Ryan Harvey, Ani DiFranco and Tom Morello also recently covered the song.

This election matters a great deal, says Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney, who contributed the song Despierta with Peter Buck of REM. Every single vote will matter to the future of this country. We cant let the presidency go to Donald Trump, someone so racist, sexist and incredibly unqualified to be commander-in-chief.

The 30 Days, 30 Songs project is only one outlet for todays politically driven music. Commons new album, Black America Again, released onFriday, is a powerful and furious look at racial tension and institutional racism. Institution aint just a building, Common spits in Letter to the Free. We staring in the face of hate again/ The same hate they say will make America great again.

The video for the albums title track opens with a clip from the shooting death of Alton Sterling, when Baton Rouge police shot the 37-year-old at close range while held down. (In Beyoncs visual album Lemonade, meanwhile, she takes a bat to a New Orleans police department camera. The state of Louisiana has long exhibited unjust police brutality towards civilians, including the beating of a shackled, bipolar 16-year-old girl caught on camera.)

Considering Trumps degrading and predatory mannerism towards females, and his recents comments that have surfaced, this election is a frightening one for many women. Pussy Riot, some of whose members spent two years in prison for speaking out against Russian president Vladimir Putin, have turned their attentions to the US election: Nadya Tolokonnikova has released a new song called Make America Great Again. The music video portrays a hypothetical take on what would happen to America if Trump were to win, with no Muslims, no Mexicans, no gays and all women forced to look a certain way plastic. The band also released a song Straight Outta Vagina, which was recorded in February but still considered to be an answer to Trump, and a celebration of female empowerment and sexuality.

Californian Rapper YG has also taken aim at Trump with two songs: FDT (Fuck Donald Trump) with Nipsey Hussle and FDT (Fuck Donald Trump) Part 2 with G-Eazy and Macklemore. He cant make decisions for his country, he gon crash us, YG raps. In part two meanwhile, G-Eazy raps: Howd he make it this far? How the fuck did it begin?/ A Trump rally sounds like Hitler in Berlin and goes on to take aim at Trumps response to the massacre in Orlando: The fuck is goin on? People just passed/ A mass murder happened, you said thanks for the congrats.

Even Eminem is anti-Trump: the seven-minute, near acapella Campaign Speech including the lyrics: Thats what you wanted, a fucking loose cannon whos blunt with his hand on the button who doesnt have to answer to no one? Great idea.

Meanwhile, jazz singer-songwriter Norah Jones has peppered her new album, Day Breaks, with political and social references. On the single Flipside, she sings: You saw your reflection all over the news/ Your temperatures well past 102/ Put the guns away, or were all gonna lose, asking the ever unanswerable question: If were all free, then why does it seem we cant just be?

Being aware of everything thats going on in the world and watching the news a lot it really keeps you up at night, Jones told the Guardian. Theres no shortage of issues: thats the problem.

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A flurry of concerts, headlined by Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Jay Z and others, will take place before election day

As the presidential election approaches and worries linger over whether millennial voters will turn out in key swing states, the Clinton campaign has turned to the unifying force of celebrity. A flurry of get out the vote concerts, headlined by Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, the National and others, will take place between Saturday and 8 November.

On Saturday, the same day early voting begins in Florida, Lopez will appear with Hillary Clinton in Miami. But the biggest act will hold court in one of the most crucial swing states on 4 November. Four days before the final vote, Jay Z will host a concert in Cleveland, Ohio.

According to the Clinton campaign, he will do so to encourage unity and urge Ohioans to support Clinton by voting early or on election day.

For a campaign that has faced headwinds in its efforts to motivate young voters and African American voters and which according to a Real Clear Politics poll average trails Donald Trump by 1.1% in Ohio the Jay Z concert will present a key opportunity.

According to campaign sources, the concert will feature multiple special guests, with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, a Clinton endorser, a possible addition to the program.

Jay Zs concert will be the penultimate event in a series under the title Love Trumps Hate, following Lopez in Miami and the National in Cincinnati on 2 November. On 5 November, Perry, a longtime and vocal supporter, will perform in Philadelphia.

This is not the first time the Clinton campaign has recruited entertainment industry powerhouses. At the conclusion of the Democratic national convention in July, Lady Gaga and Lenny Kravitz performed for Democratic delegates in a thank-you concert held in Camden, New Jersey.

In August, Clinton appeared with Cher in Provincetown, Massachusetts, at a private fundraiser in the gay vacation destination. That appearance was marred slightly when Cher compared Trump to Adolf Hitler in front of a semi-drunk audience.

But, by and large, celebrities have put their wattage to good use. Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake and Scarlett Johansson are just a few of the stars who want to help get Clinton elected, whether through Instagram posts of ballots or earnest advertisements extolling the virtues of voting.

The concert program draws a sharp contrast to those celebrities who have made appearances on behalf of Trump.

Although the businessman vowed before the Republican convention to host a winners circle of movie stars and sports heroes, and has enjoyed support from New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, the candidates celebrity surrogates have largely been tarnished glitterati.

Among them have been former underwear model Antonio Sabto and Natalie Gulbis, who is currently the 597th-best female golfer in the world.

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US federal judges dismisses $7m lawsuit against rapper that alleged copyright infringement and breach of contract

Jay Z has won a lawsuit that centres around his Roc-A-Fella logo.

New York-based clothing designer Dwayne Walker had accused the rapper and music mogul of breach of contract and copyright infringement. On 26 September, a US federal judge dismissed the $7m (5.38m) lawsuit, which claimed Walker created the logo for Jay Zs label. According to Reuters, the logo includes a superimposed R, and appears on items that have generated millions of dollars of sales.

The decision was made by US district judge Andrew Carter in Manhattan. Carter ruled that Walker was not entitled to royalties under a contract reportedly signed by Roc-A-Fella co-founder Damon Dash 2o years ago. In a 32-page decision, the judge found a lack of evidence that the contract existed.

Walker claimed in his July 2012 lawsuit to have designed the artwork in 1995, alleging that vinyl record logo became the basis for the Roc-A-Fella design. According to Reuters, his lawyer, Gregory Berry, said Walker plans to appeal.

Judge Carter wrote: This leaves only plaintiffs own self-serving testimony that he drafted the contract, that he and Dash signed it and that he lost track of it in 1998. This testimony alone is not enough.

Carter also said that Walker, who filed the suit five years after the logo was created, had waited too long to sue.

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The music industrys blowout season is upon us, and with that comes the rumors from a Jay Z-Beyonce duet to another Frank Ocean LP. Lets debunk and dissect

Were a month away from Q4 the music industrys traditional big album blowout season. There are some certainties this year: Lady Gagas album is already scheduled for October, Bubls got the Christmas stocking filler market sewn up and Emeli Sands filling in for Adele again. But what of the surprises? Where are the collaborative curios? The surprise album drops? The tabloid-fuelled pop operas? Below youll find five potential oddities that range from the almost certain to the yeah, but imagine though.

Beyonc and Jay Z

Bonnie and Clyde 16? Beyonc and Jay Z Photograph: Danny Moloshok/AP

Rumors of a joint album from Beyonc and husband Jay Z have been swirling since 2014 when the pair embarked on a joint tour of North America (and a stadium in Paris for two nights) entitled On The Run. The jaunt started just three months after Beyonc had finished her own globe-straddling world tour in support of her surprise self-titled album, and was essentially a nice act of charity on her part. Since then Jay has released a few slivers of new music, while Beyonc turned bitter soap opera lemons into deliciously refreshing Lemonade. Despite most sane people wanting a Beyonc/Nicki Minaj duets album, in May there were reports that a collaborative project Bey Z? was due very soon. Earlier this week, however, that shifted to the next three months, which would make it prime Q4 fodder and the perfect excuse to play album release roulette, i.e. release it exclusively via Tidal. So what can we expect? In an ideal world it would be 12 songs based on Jays reaction when he first Dont Hurt Yourself. Or maybe a conceptual piece based around that evening at the Met Ball titled Elevator. In all likelihood its going to be the perfect vehicle for Beyonc to keep asserting her creative evolution and for Jay to contemplate where it all went wrong.

Existence rating: about as likely as Beyonc being in charge of the TV remotes in the Carter residence.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift: will she cash in on breakups? Photograph: Spaulding/WWD/Rex/Shutterstock

Youll be unsurprised to learn that Taylor Swift is very methodical when it comes to album scheduling. Since her country-tinged, wide-eyed debut was released in 2006, each new opus has arrived two years after the last. Her multi-million-selling proper pop debut 1989 arriving in October 2014, so as darkness approaches so should a new Taylor Swift album. Despite the boss of her label claiming no new album would arrive in 2016 (well, actually, he only says it wont come in October), close personal friend and fully paid up member of the Squad, Gigi Hadid, recently let it slip that Swift was back in the studio. That was then followed by a leaked snippet of what was assumed to be a new song. So what could be fuelling Swifts sudden burst of creativity? While in the past it would be safe to assume there might be a song or two about recent relationships a thinly veiled ode to Calvin, or maybe a knowing lyric about Tom Hiddlestons T-shirt Im keen for a full-blown, multi-layered, wonderfully unhinged pop opera based around the Kim and Kanye drama. Titled Excluded From This Narrative, it will be accompanied by a stage show on Broadway in which all the characters are played by Taylor Swift.

Existence rating: about as likely as Taylor apologising to Katy Perry.

Kanye and Drake

A friend of Drizzy Kanye West. Photograph: Chris Pizzello/AP

Despite his personality hinting at a God complex that suggests complete unawareness of the existence of other artists/people, Kanyes surprisingly good at collaboration. Watch The Throne his album with Jay Z somehow managed to sound urgent and angry despite mainly being recorded in a posh hotel suite in Paris, while his last few albums have fused together the talents of just about every producer Pitchforks ever mentioned. Earlier this month, Kanye confirmed to Vogue (of course) that he was working on another collaborative album, rumoured to be called Wolves, this time with professional meme artist Drake. Rumours of the albums existence were started in August when Kanye made a surprise appearance on stage at Drakes OVO festival. Is yall ready for this album? Drake asked. I wasnt talking about Pablo. I wasnt talking about Views. I wanna ask yall right now: are yall ready for this album? Its safe to assume that people were indeed ready. Expect the album to touch on universal themes and concepts and in no way be an exercise in glorious naval-gazing set to whichever dancehall rhythm is popular at the time.

Existence rating: about as likely as Rihanna and Drakes relationship lasting one more awkward PDA.

Kanye and Chance The Rapper

Chance The Rapper not leaving it to chance. Photograph: Michael Zorn/Invision/AP

Perhaps keen to avoid winding up on Keeping Up With The Kardashians again, Kanyes apparently working on numerous projects simultaneously. In May, Chance The Rapper mentioned a joint album between him and Kanye called Good Ass Job, the title being the final part of Kanyes College Dropout, Late Registration, Graduation album series. Fast forward to September, however, and things havent really progressed. Talking to LAs Power 106 radio show earlier this week, Chance said the pair have at least two songs that could make the album, but that neither of them have had the time to be back in the bunker and be at the spot and have that time to just sit and make stuff everyday. It sounds to me like Chance is just waiting for that call from Kanye. Perhaps hes keeping an eye on his mobile. Maybe, just maybe, if it ever happens they could call themselves wait for it Watch The Phone. No? Okay FINE. Take A Chance On Ye? No? ALRIGHT THEN, WHATEVER.

Existence rating: about as likely as Kanye releasing an album entitled This Includes Three Good Songs, Quite A Bit Of Filler And Im Simply Not Sure Its Good Enough Actually.

Frank Ocean

Endless Frank Ocean Photograph: Claudio Bresciani/Scanpix Sweden

No offence to part-time carpenter and magazine editor Frank Ocean, but do we really need another album right now? Most people are still digesting the appropriately titled Endless a visual album that takes its cues from watching paint dry and the accompanying Blond(e), a collection of shrugs set to music. According to guitarist Billy Spaceman Patterson, Ocean has hours and hours of unreleased noodles that could in theory arrive at any moment. Theres a lot of stuff that we recorded that I still havent heard yet, Spaceman told Pitchfork. We recorded a lot of music. Apparently sessions could last up to 16 hours at a time, with bits of Spacemans guitar parts appearing in different contexts across both albums. One theory, that Im just formulating as I type, is that a new album could arrive in November given that he previously teased that date when he posted a picture of a library card that time. Perhaps Franks keen to make it a hat trick of albums in 2016 so he can then vanish again for four years and start that carpentry course hes been eyeing up.

Existence rating: about as likely as Frank Ocean teasing a long-awaited album by filming himself constructing a spiral staircase.

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