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Kanye West says he's not taking any chances when it comes to the title of his next headlining adventure.
"My new tour is called the Glow in the Dark Tour — and I wanted to say it on MTV so no one would be able to take it, and it's documented I said it," West said. The outing will be in support of Kanye's upcoming third LP, Graduation, which is due in September see "Kanye West Says He's 'Ready To Take Over The World Once Again' " and "Mixtape Monday: Kanye West Glows In The Dark; Pharrell Brings The B-More Beats").
"I'm working with [choreographer/director] Jamie King," he continued. "I saw the last Madonna concert — he did the last [several] Madonna concerts and so I've been sitting down vibing with him, 'cause I want to bring the level of entertainment up another level. At the end of the day, regardless of the 'he said/she said,' regardless of whatever sh-- I talk, whatever sh-- anybody else talks — come to the show and have a good time."
In addition to his work with Madonna, King has also worked with Prince, Shakira, Britney Spears and Mariah Carey, and also served as director for Christina Aguilera's "Back to Basics" Tour; his work has earned him three Emmy Award nominations and five MTV Video Music Award nominations.
A rep for Def Jam, West's label, said no tour dates have been confirmed as of yet, but it's no surprise to find Kanye planning ahead. "My whole project is set in the future," he said. "Graduation — I'm graduating from a school called Universe City. You'll feel the whole vibe of the album — you'll see right when I drop the first single."
Last week the Chicago native released the first song from the album, the aptly titled "Can't Tell Me Nothing." Using samples of Young Jeezy ad-libs in the background, West raps over a slow soul beat and drops a myriad of one-liners such as, "You can live through anything if magic made it." Later, he references his knack for wearing standout attire.
"If the devil wears Prada, Adam and Eve wear nada/ I'm in between but way more fresher/ With way less effort/ 'Cause when you try hard, that's when you die hard/ Your homies looking like, 'Why, God?/ When they reminisce over you, my God.' "
In addition to Graduation, Kanye is also producing Common's forthcoming LP, Finding Forever (see "Common, Kanye Kick It Old-School In Clip For 'The Game' "). And he's working with Lil Wayne on tracks for his impending Tha Carter III LP (see "Mixtape Monday: Kanye Promises 'Bangers' With Lil Wayne; Jeezy Drops Everything For Drama")