Canadian rapper k-os will not be releasing a follow-up to his fourth studio album, last year’s Yes! — at least not a traditional one. Instead, he will be taking a page out of the Smashing Pumpkins’ book and releasing songs one at a time. As he recently told MuchMusic, he now wants to “stay immediate.”
Per CHARTattack, k-os further explained his thinking in a press release last week. “I’m not going to make any more albums,” he said. “I think we’re just going to drop singles for a couple years and see what happens. If those singles are successful, maybe put out a compilation of the ones that people like and call it an album, like what Elvis and The Beatles did.”
So the future of recorded music can be found in its past? Intriguing.
“You don’t have to make an album anymore,” the rapper continued in the press release, citing success from mixtapes by Lil Wayne and Drake as a reason for not bothering with LPs. “So the next thing I do is probably a single a month with a video, then another single with a video to keep it current.”
This move is almost expected, coming from a guy who took the Radiohead model last year and applied it to his 10-date spring tour, allowing fans to pay a donation on the way out. In fact, k-os is now doing what Thom Yorke had everyone believing Radiohead was going to do. Perhaps the death of the album format will begin at the lead of little guys like k-os, not major players like Radiohead.
k-os 2010 Tour Dates:
02/16 – Waterloo, ON @ Starlight Room
03/02 – New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
03/04 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
03/11 – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House