He's already the self-proclaimed "Party King," but obviously that wasn't enough for Andrew W.K.
Starting on Wednesday, June 19 at 7 PM, W.K. will drum for 24 hours in an attempt to set the extremely specific "Longest Drum Session in a Retail Store" world record. As a part of Viacom's O Music Awards' Live Music Festival, an online music festival featuring more than 50 artists from various musical backgrounds, W.K. will drum continuously from Time Square's Oakley flagship store. The party god is following in the footsteps of previous O record setters, including The Flaming Lips, who claim bragging rights for the most multi-city shows played in 24 hours (eight), and Chiddy Bang, who set the record for the longest freestyle rap (9 hour, 16 minutes, and 22 seconds).
Not without moral support, W.K. will be joined by several guest drummers in his attempt, beginning with Roots drummer and frontman, Questlove. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, W.K. reveals, "Some of these I would consider the greatest drummers in the world. People that I've admired for years and years."
So why is W.K. going through with this after telling MTV he is "completely mortified and horrified by the ramifications of this challenge"? Maybe he's just trying to stay Fresh+Sexy.
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Nas' inaugural antipodean Movement Festival has been cancelled after a number of acts pulled out of performing. The I Can hitmaker was due to headline the unique hip-hop festival, which he personally curated, alongside acts including Chiddy Bang, 2 Chainz and Iggy Azalea. The festival was slated to launch in Auckland, New Zealand later this month (Apr13) before moving onto several locations in Australia.
The travelling event has now been scrapped after rapper Angel Haze withdrew due to scheduling conflicts and 2Chainz also cancelled after failing to obtain a visa.
Bosses at concert promoters Live Nation and Niche Productions decided to axe the festival after fans complained that they were not getting what was promised by organisers.
A statement issued by the promoters reads, "Recent developments, including the withdrawal of Angel Haze (due to a clash in recording commitments) and more recently 2Chainz (due to Visa issues resulting from a pending unresolved court case) led to a change of venues in some markets, which has prompted patron feedback that the event no longer reflected what had been advertised.
"Live Nation & Niche launched Movement with the intention of providing a well-organized, fully funded multi-artist Hip-hop and urban music festival, to overcome the disappointment that has occurred in the past due to event cancellations and talent withdrawals from similar events in recent years.
"Despite their best endeavours, the producers have been unable to fulfil their commitment and as such it has been determined that the festival will not go ahead."
Refunds are now available for all ticket-holders.