Kanye West just gifted a super expensive gift to her wife Kim Kardashian that worth around $20,000. From proposing alongside a 50-person orchestra in a baseball stadium to gifting her a $1.4million diamond Lorraine Schwartz choker to mark the birth of their first child, Yeezy spares no expense. And neither does his wife.
The couple’s gift game could only be described as extravagant; hand-painted Birkin bags, “random” Lamborghinis and Mercedes-Benz SUVs, Christmas stockings stuffed with stock options, and island rentals (specifically, Great Guana Cay in the Bahamas), to name but a few. Each tottering around a five- or six-figure price tag.
And Kanye’s latest ‘just because’ gift has only raised the stakes.
Yesterday, the music and fashion mogul gifted Kim a vintage Cartier necklace etched with a photo of their home and, wait for it, words he’d sent her in an old text message.
The necklace reads: “This your life / Married with four kids / Get people out of jail / Cover of Vogue / Go to church every week with your family / Dreams come true”.
If you look closely at my necklace, you can see it’s from a text Kanye sent me. He took an amazing vintage a Cartier gold plaque necklace and had it sketched out. He’s always the most thoughtful when it comes to gifts ✨ pic.twitter.com/zmzUq4zXer
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) January 13, 2020
Kardashian-West was quick to share a selfie of her in the necklace on Instagram and Twitter, saying “he’s always the most thoughtful when it comes to gifts”.
The necklace itself is estimated to have cost upwards of $20,000, as similar Cartier pendants (like those from the Panthere de Cartier collection, which is close in style to Kim’s but not vintage, therefore less expensive) retail for around $18-20,000 second hand. Not forgetting the cost of careful, custom engraving on top.
Thankfully, Cartier seems to be a pretty safe investment where these two are concerned.
For Kim’s birthday in 2012, Kanye spent $35,000 on a Panthère de Cartier bracelet, then followed up with a brighter, shinier Cartier panther (this time with emerald eyes, an onyx nose, and a white gold trim) for Valentine’s Day 2013. Estimates placed its value between $68,000 and $73,000.
While engraved text message jewellery may not be your average Joe or Jane’s idea of a perfect gift, the necklace is incredibly on-brand for the Kardashian Wests, and there’s something to be learned from Yeezy’s unexpected personal touch.
Robbie Williams threatened with being beheaded during trip to Haiti
Robbie Williams has revealed that he and wife Ayda Field were threatened with being beheaded while doing charity work in Haiti.
The singer visited the Caribbean country with Unicef after the 2010 earthquake which left an estimated 250,000 dead and 1.5 million people without homes.
“I was like, ‘Should we go to the next street then?’, and looking back, it was scary.”
Field added: “I was with you. I too was being threatened to be beheaded as well.”
Williams previously discussed seeing the aftermath of the earthquake and explained: “As we walked around Jacmel on the first day, it’s hard to explain in words the massive and devastating impact that the earthquake clearly had – it’s a whole different league from what I had imagined I would see.
“It was almost unbelievable, like a movie set. Cars completely crushed – some still poking out from underneath the buildings that have fallen on top of them.”
The singer joined forces with Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald for a lockdown show. It was to raise funds for music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins and Crew Nation, who are helping to support concert crews during the coronavirus outbreak.
Jay-Z’s Made in America festival cancelled due to coronavirus
In a statement, the rapper’s Roc Nation company confirmed plans for the Philadelphia festival to return once more over Labor Day weekend 2021.
“2020 is a year like no other. We are in a pivotal time in this nation’s history. Collectively, we are fighting parallel pandemics, COVID-19, systematic racism and police brutality,” the statement confirmed.
“Now is the time to protect the health of our artists, fans, partners and community as well as focus on our support for organisations and individuals fighting for social justice and equality in our country. Therefore, the Made In America festival will be rescheduled for Labor Day Weekend 2021.”
An update on the 2020 Made In America festival.
Let’s focus our support on organizations and individuals fighting for social justice and equality in our country.
We look forward to seeing you next year. pic.twitter.com/XQv5xIWren
— Made In America Festival (@MIAFestival) July 1, 2020
This year’s event was set to take place Sept. 5-6 at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Roc Nation added that tickets for the 2020 event will be valid in 2021. Those seeking refunds will receive an email from Live Nation explaining how to get their money back.
Meanwhile, Jay-Z recently teamed up with wife Beyonce to co-write her new single, entitled ‘Black Parade’. The track was released for Juneteenth (June 19), the day commemorating the end of slavery in the US.
The track, which is also written by her longtime collaborators Derek Dixie, Caso and Kaydence, sees Beyoncé sings about her Southern heritage and womanhood.
Neil Young covers Bob Dylan in political new edition of Fireside Sessions
Performing from his porch instead of the usual position next to his fireplace, Young shared a number of protest songs from across his career, as well as a cover of Bob Dylan‘s ‘The Times They Are A-Changin”.
- Read more: Neil Young – ‘Homegrown’ review: ‘lost’ mid-’70s album is a shimmering diamond well worth unearthing
During the set, Young played ‘Alabama’ from his ‘Harvest’ album before taking on Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young protest song ‘Ohio’, as well as a rarity called ‘Campaigner’ and his song ‘Southern Man’.
He then went on to cover the Dylan classic, before sharing a version of his own track ‘Lookin’ For A Leader’, editing the lyrics to criticise Donald Trump and his reaction to the recent Black Lives Matter protests.
“Yeah, we had Barack Obama, and we really need him now,” he sung. “The man who stood behind him has to take his place somehow/ America has a leader building walls around our house/ Who don’t know Black lives matter, and it’s time to vote him out.”
Watch the full set here.
Neil Young recently shared a new open letter, criticising Donald Trump’s response to the Black Lives Matter protests being held across America and the world following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
“Although I think our president is responsible for a lot of this unrest we feel today as he has fanned the flames and tried to turn us against one another for his political reasons, I am thankful that we are all standing for what we believe, and I think we will be a better country for this,” he wrote.
Announcing the launch of the Fireside Sessions back in March, Young wrote: “Because we are all at home and not venturing out, we will try to do a stream from my fireplace with my lovely wife filming. It will be a down-home production, a few songs, a little time together.”
Neil Young released ‘Homegrown’ last month, a long-anticipated “lost” album from the mid-1970s. A five-star NME review of the album called it “a shimmering diamond well worth unearthing”.
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