*Yes, he wore a skirt at last week’s “12-12-12″ Concert for Hurricane Sandy relief, but is that the reason Kanye West was the only musical performer not featured on the newly-released album of the event? Even special guests Michael Stipe, Eddie Vedde rand comic Adam Sandler made the cut.
Billboard.com pointed out the slight in an article, and at press time had received no comment from reps for West, his label, or Clear Channel’s John Sykes (who co-produced the concert with Madison Square Garden CEO James Dolan and Weinstein Company co-chairman Harvey Weinstein). A rep for Columbia, which is distributing the album, said that the label was unable to comment on the track listing.
A different source told Billboard that West’s performance isn’t included because of a decision made by his own camp, but was not able to clarify whether that was for personal, legal or other reasons.
Two other sources speculated that given West’s perfectionism where his music is concerned, it’s likely that he wasn’t happy with the performance, which was not as enthusiastically received as sets from the classic rock acts. It’s possible that the format of West’s performance — a long 13-song medley with multiple samples — caused legal challenges that couldn’t be resolved in time to make the digital release date, but a publishing source said that probably was not the case, given the scale of the project.
“12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy Relief” was released digitally on Dec. 18 and is currently projected to sell between 125,000 and 150,000 units in its first week. The 2-CD physical version is scheduled for release next month.
The album’s track listing is:
1. Bruce Springsteen – Land of Hopes and Dreams
2. Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball
3. Roger Waters – Happiest Days or Our Lives/ Another Brick In The Wall 2/ Jean Charles de Menezes
4. Roger Waters – Us and Them
5. Roger Waters – Comfortably Numb featuring Eddie Vedder
6. Adam Sandler and Paul Shaffer – Hallelujah
7. Bon Jovi – It’s My Life
8. Bon Jovi – Wanted Dead Or Alive
9. Eric Clapton – Got To Be Better In A Little While
10. Eric Clapton – Crossroads
11. Rolling Stones – You Got Me Rocking
12. Rolling Stones – Jumpin Jack Flash
13. Alicia Keys – No One
14. The Who – Who Are You
15. The Who – Baba O’Reilly
16. The Who – Love, Reign O’er Me
17. Billy Joel – Miami 2017 (Sandy)
18. Billy Joel – Movin’ Out
19. Billy Joel – You May Be Right
20. Chris Martin – Viva La Vida
21. Chris Martin – Losing My Religion featuring Michael Stipe
22. Chris Martin – Us Against The World
23. Paul McCartney – Helter Skelter
24. Alicia Keys – Empire State Of Mind