Posted by Dave
Rap News Network
2/24/2005 12:27:32 PM
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According to NY Daily News, rap artist Kanye West said that artists help boost magazine sales by appearing on their covers and that they should get a cut of the publications' revenues.
"These magazines make money from ads and subscriptions. But I know that part of what drives subscriptions and ads is who these magazines put on the cover," West offered during a recent brunch in Beverly Hills. "So if you're putting me on the cover and people are buying your magazine because of me, why shouldn't I get paid to be on that cover? You are going to have to pay me to do magazine covers now!"
Meanwhile, a survey conducted by Daily News' Lowdown section revealed that editors from the country's top magazines are confident that Kanye won't be able to command a fee to appear on magazine covers.
"Our West Coast editor, Chris Huvane, was at that brunch, and he sent me an e-mail that Kanye West is insane. When I read it, I did a spit-take," Jim Nelson of GQ magazine told the News. "Kanye clearly does not understand the sacred economics of magazines. We're notoriously cheap." Ebony magazine's Lynn Norment added, "I love Kanye, but we don't pay for covers. Never have and never will. He has a lot of learning to do."
The Louis Vutton Don previously appeared on the cover of Ebony's April 2004 issue free of charge. In other West news, the super producer/rapper is prepping to release a video for "Spaceship." Ye directed and starred in the clip. "Spaceship" marks The College Dropout's 6th video. To date, the album has produced clips for "Through The Wire," "Two Words," "All Falls Down," "Jesus Walks," " The New Work Out Plan" and now "Spaceship."
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